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Where Is 1N2D Headed Sans Kang Ho Dong?

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2011.09.23 10:50 Mwave Lee, JinHo

KBS2’s 1 Night, 2 Days is facing another crisis, as the five members were shooting the show without Kang Ho Dong. On September 23, Uhm Tae Woong, Lee Su Geun, Eun Ji Won, Kim Jong Min, and Lee Seung Gi came together to shoot the opening scene of 1 Night, 2 Days in front of the KBS main building in Seoul.

The opening scene will be the first without its captain Kang Ho Dong since the show first broadcasted in 2007. But will Kang’s absence only be a harbinger of the show’s downfall?

Where Is 1N2D Headed Sans Kang Ho Dong?

Kang Ho Dong was nowhere to be seen during the shoot. The producers had originally planned a farewell trip with Kang Ho Dong, but he turned down this opportunity.

Kang’s decision stems from continuous suspicions from the public about evading taxes and buying land. And so the five members had to do without Kang.

Despite this setback, officials stated that the members worked hard, as they hugged each other and exchanged words of encouragement. The five actually seemed to be drawn closer together. Lee Su Geun and Lee Seung Gi stepped up to lead, and Uhm Tae Woong also showed he was taking everything seriously.

An official said, “You can feel Kang Ho Dong’s absence, but the other members showed they had grown even closer.”

It’s no doubt that Kang played a major role in 1 Night, 2 Days, and a majority of viewers even equate Kang Ho Dong with the show. After the announcement of his departure, viewer ratings dropped 7.5% (AGB Nielsen Media Research) from 25.9% to 18.4%, and even continued to drop to 16%.

Where Is 1N2D Headed Sans Kang Ho Dong?

But as Kang Ho Dong’s many scandals have already been accounted for, many officials believe that there will be no more drastic drops in the ratings. If the five members overcome Kang Ho Dong’s absence and come together as one, some believe that the ratings can get back on track.This expectation could prove to be true, as the ratings for the September 18 broadcast rose 1.5%, to rest at 17.4%.

Kang Ho Dong’s absence is an obstacle for 1 Night, 2 Days, but this could also be another opportunity for the five members. Lee Su Geun, Lee Seung Gi, Uhm Tae Woong, Kim Jong Min and Eun Ji Won can now show their full potential, as they step out from under Kang’s shadow.

Photo credit: KBS2

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