Sitcoms/Variety Shows
Lee Seung-gi to return to variety?
by | May 24, 2012 | 110 Comments

I swear, this guy’s career is one well-oiled machine. Now that his drama The King 2 Hearts has wrapped, Lee Seung-gi has been announced as one of the MCs for a new variety show to hit SBS late this summer, called Table for 100. It hasn’t been confirmed, but if he does take the gig, it’ll at least solve the great riddle that would have been: What would happen to tv if Lee Seung-gi stopped being on it? Would sets just spontaneously combust? I was picturing more of a sad-mac situation and flags at half-mast around the country. I kid, but you kind of do wonder, right?

The new program will be headlined by PD Shin Hyo-jung, formerly of the 1 Night 2 Days crew. It’s still in the planning stages, but the program will be an outdoor variety show involving food, which is pretty much the vaguest description ever. Does it also have people? And laughs? At least it sounds like it has a cooking component, which um… if you’ve ever seen Seung-gi cook on 1 Night 2 Days, you’re already laughing along with me.

The plan is for it to be a two-MC show… is it too early for the Kang Ho-dong chants to begin? We want the bromance! Bring back the bromance! That would seriously make my day.

The show (with Seung-gi as MC) has reportedly been in the works for a while now, and had originally planned to premiere earlier in the summer, but his Japanese concerts proved to be enough of a scheduling conflict that made them think it might not work out. And they’re still being hammered out, hence the inability to confirm. The plan is to begin shooting in July/August, and premiere by August/September, but it looks like they might have to push the start date to score their MC or start looking elsewhere.

If the stars align, Seung-gi will be back in varietyland by later summer/early fall. If the universe has any sense at all, Ho-dong hyung will be by his side.

Via Osen


110 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. hi-there


    i would die from happiness if our Hodongie came back! >_< EEEEEEEEP. i'm sure seunggi is trying to convince his ohsolovable hyung, no? πŸ˜€

    can't wait! <3 (i seriously miss seunggi on 1N2D πŸ™ its really not the same anymore w/o him & jiwon… oh my emotions!)

    • 1.1 Twinkles

      totally agree with you, need MY seunggi fix every week, esp since K2H is over.

    • 1.2 abu

      *begs with you* Please, please, please.. This is greatly needed. Please..

    • 1.3 otchosais

      yes! yes! me too! πŸ™‚

      I want a weekly or daily dozes of Lee Seung Gi!

      If only he can be back to 1n2d! πŸ™

    • 1.4 otchosais

      me too.. I am not against 1n2d season 2 but I am not watching it anymore..

      since LSG and EJW is not there πŸ™

    • 1.5 Arhazivory's Zombie

      I’m joining this bandwagon. It’d make me ridiculously happy if Ho Dong would come back with this. *sniffles* Ho Doooooooong!!!!!!

      • 1.5.1 LSGLover

        @Arhazivory’s Zombie
        WTH? How come you’re still a zombie? LMAO πŸ˜€

    • 1.6 jenny...

      lets beg together ok….PLEASE………..
      i miss him so much in 1d2n….

  2. pauper

    I’d give anything to have Eun Ji-won as the other MC. One with a child’s taste bud and the other with a grandpa’s palate so the viewers end up not knowing if the food is delicious or delicious.

    • 2.1 bern 75

      oh yes! Hodong and Seung Gi would be great, but Eun Ji Won and Seungi Gi for food programme? HILARIOUS!!

      but i thought the choding has a drama (comedy) show coming up as well?

    • 2.2 reglest

      Pauper, you are genius!
      Yes for Ding-Dang couple!
      But also yes for Dong-Dang bromance, bring it on! I need my weekly dosage of Seung Gi!

      • 2.2.1 anon

        Why not Ding-Dong-Dang when we can wish :p

        • Keya

          Oh that reminds of the time all three were stuck in the back of the car and it was extremely hot and they were all going crazy… I MISS DING DONG DANG COUPLE

        • Osi

          Oh right, DING-DONG-DANG!. It would be really great.

      • 2.2.2 yellow buttercup

        OMG Ding-Dong-Dang would be hilarious!!

        btw hi reglest, osi and bern 75! *nice to ‘see’ you people again*

        • Osi

          Hi, yellow buttercup. Nice to ‘see’ you, too.

          Oh Ding-Dong-Dang:
          Ding: “I don’t like it, it’s bitter”
          Dong: “Waaah”. *another spoonful food into his mouth and chew it crazily*. “Waaah”.*another spoonful*. “Waaah”.
          Dang: *have a taste, close his eyes, chew the food charmingly, give a sigh, thumb up*

          • yellow buttercup

            lol. this is sooo their ‘trademark’ reactions!

          • LSGLover

            You are right on spot! LOL! I can even imagine their faces reading your comment πŸ˜€

          • reglest

            Huaaa!! That’s trueee..that’s their own trademarks!

    • 2.3 crazyajummafan

      Good Idea! Some one quick suggest this to SBS. Better still, have ALL three. Hang Hodong, Jiwon and Seunggi! No need to work at the chemistry and bromance. It’s already there!

    • 2.4 CM

      Lee Seung Gi and Eun Ji-won for a food variety show means perfection! And I vote against ANYTHING else! Yes!

  3. ixora

    I hope he will return to variety show.I didn’t really pay attention to him in 1N2D and Strong Heart back then .Now I regretted myself since I’m falling in love with him after watching K2H.just realized this cute+hot guy is really talented. πŸ™‚

    • 3.1 Star

      ahhhhh same here! i liked him before TK2H… but never cared too much to watch 1N2D and only watched Strong Heart occasionally when idols i like are on it. Now i’m going back & watching the 1N2D episodes πŸ™‚

      I hope he will do this show!!

  4. CD


    Seunggi and Ji Won join forces!

    • 4.1 IzOcha

      It would be amazing. Splendid. Wonderful.

  5. bern 75

    Seung Gi-ya!!!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    yes, the man-boy – we need him back on TV, sooner the better.

    But pretty please, give him some time to date… (: (yes, i am a LSGi-HJW shipper πŸ˜‰

    • 5.1 Saima

      This was way back in 2010 at some awards. Seung-gi was such a puppy back then….he kept lookin’ in HJW’s direction!! πŸ˜€

      • 5.1.1 Bern75

        Awww.. noona crush!!

  6. momogi

    “At least it sounds like it has a cooking component, which um… if you’ve ever seen Seung-gi cook on 1 Night 2 Days, you’re already laughing along with me.”
    Exactly what I’m doing right now. Muahahaha..

    off to read again!

    • 6.1 leahtaro

      I read this on the phone on the bus a while ago. On that line is exactly where I cracked up. LOL!

      everybody now!

  7. Rashell

    Man, this kid must not need sleep. Or have energy that is unbelievable.

    I would LOVE is Ho Dong would come out of retirement for this. Awesome idea GF.

    • 7.1 piaaa

      He’s like s a ball of energy.

  8. Saima

    omigosh. Omigosh. OMIGOSHH!!

    So excited!!!!!! I’m literally bouncing off the walls…

    Here’s the PD singing Seung-gi’s praises!! πŸ˜€

    • 8.1 yellow buttercup

      omigod omigod

  9. momogi

    well since someone write hodongie, I’m curious about that, I only hear people call their junior whose name end with consonat by adding -ie, like hodongie or joowonie.
    how about someone whose name like seung-gi, end with vowel? I don’t think they call it seung-giie, it’s weird.
    Do they add -rang? Cause I’ve heard on variety show someone call suzy, suzy-rang.

    I don’t really understand that, all I know is -ya & -ah in the end of names.
    So someone please enlighten me..

    • 9.1 twentyonebuds

      It differs and I’m not really sure about how it actually works for different Korean names… but I can tell you that in the variety world Seungi has always been “Seungiyaaaaaa!” but with Kang Hodong I’ve heard him being called Hodongah as well as hodongie.. I think the latter ups the cute factor ^^

    • 9.2 girlfriday

      It’s a consonant/vowel thing. A name ending in a consonant sound gets -ie/-ah : Ho-dong-ie (+hyung)! or Ho-dong-ah! (Though he is at an age where people wouldn’t be calling him either, he calls himself Ho-dong-ie to be cute.)

      A name ending in a vowel sound gets -ya : Seung-gi-ya!

      It’s essentially to match ending sounds, no matter what the name is: Ho-dong-ie hyung / Seung-gi hyung, or Ho-dong-aaaah! Seung-gi-yaaaaa!

      See, there’s a method to the madness!

      • 9.2.1 quirkywhit

        Thanks! I’ve been wondering about that for ages. πŸ™‚

      • 9.2.2 maldita

        When is -rang used? I see DBSK and Super Junior boys referring to Yoona as Yoona-rang.

        • jane

          isn’t rang means together? heehee

      • 9.2.3 momogi

        ok, thanks girlfriday! But I’m still wondering about the -rang thing.

        • girlfriday

          -rang isn’t a form of address. You’re either hearing “yang” which you’d add to the end of a girl’s name like Little Girl Suzy, or hearing the name in the context of “I went with Suzy,” in which case -rang means “with.”

  10. 10 trotwood

    “What would happen to tv if Lee Seung-gi stopped being on it? Would sets just spontaneously combust? I was picturing more of a sad-mac situation and flags at half-mast around the country.”

    This was so funny. But seriously, does the man not know the word “vacation”? What, is he in a contest with Uhm Tae Woong? Is this the precursor for their plans for world domination?

    • 10.1 Saima

      β€œWhat would happen to tv if Lee Seung-gi stopped being on it?”

      ughh, let’s not talk about this. Dreading the day our guy is away for 2 yrs for his military service!!

      • 10.1.1 leahtaro

        I am seriously bracing already for the 2 years he’ll be away. I need to find someone else to fangirl for 2 years before our puppy comes back again.

        • Saima

          He’s a puppy no more!! πŸ˜€

      • 10.1.2 Arhazivory's Zombie

        Saima….I prefer to not think about that ever happening. When we come to that bridge, I’ll very reluctantly cross it.

    • 10.2 reglest

      Competition with UTW? Huh, I don’t get it :/

      Seung Gi has been in variety show long long time ago before UTW…

      And that’s what I mean, please..pretty please let this be true! It’s been a torture for me between february & march to see him as my weekly dosage again! Please let this be true!

      • 10.2.1 trotwood

        I said “in competition with Uhm Tae Woong” because Seung Gi is doing so many things (sometimes simultaneously)–shows, tours, etc.–and Uhm Tae Wong (especially in the last year) has been in so many projects including Equator Man, variety, and two movies.

        • reglest

          Please don’t mistake me, I need to enter the shift button from (:/) to (:?), thanks for your explanation dear πŸ™‚

    • 10.3 Bern75

      i ppfffff at that line that GF wrote too!

  11. 11 twentyonebuds

    OMG YES PLEAAAAASE! Seung gi does variety so well, I wouldn’t be surprised if an extended absence from him equals a massive drought in variety land with high risks of spontaneous set combustion! COME BACK TO VARIETY LEE SEUNGI AND FEED MY NEW FOUND ADDICTION TO K VARIETY! With a little bit if of good ol’ Kang Hodong too?? They bounce off each other so well and so naturally!

    And wow, I agree gf. He really has been lucky with his career. But does the guy ever take a break? Haha it’s like the addict and normal in me are fighting it out right now.. but then again we all know who’s gonna win that one! PLEASE COME BACK TO VARIETY LAND LEE SEUNGI!!

  12. 12 S

    PLEASE Come back to variety Seung Gi !!! I loved him in 1N2D!!! I would love any of his hyung from 1N2D to MC with him!!!!! I just miss them all and seeing Seung Gi with another MC not from the 1N2D’s family would be so sad and weird!! πŸ™‚ Praying, fingers crossed!!!! πŸ™‚

  13. 13 Anvesha

    Universe rarely makes sense but I do want the bromance back!! And lol tv wouldn’t combust only for the fact that Seung Gi’s CFs would be there.

    Seriously though if it happens to be a cooking show… the only other thing (besides haircuts) that happens to be his enemy.. I’m all for it.

  14. 14 lenrasoon

    “If the universe has any sense at all, Ho-dong hyung will be by his side.”

    I couldn’t say better myself, it’s time to Hodong to comeback to Seung Gi side.

  15. 15 Sabah

    Wonderful news, even in the rumour wrapping.

    I don’t know why but when you reminded me of the Lee Seung gi and Kang Ho Dong bromance, I immediately thought of adding Yoo Jae Suk into the mix. NOT because of any inclination to have Yoo Jae Suk in every variety show that I watch BUT because of the Yoo Jae Suk & Kang Ho Dong comradeship. I would just love to see jealousy erupt between Yoo Jae Suk and Seung Gi over Kang Ho Dong.

    Anyway, thank you for sharing.

  16. 16 IzOcha

    It’s too exciting . . . I felt the urge to rewatch Shining nickel Inheritance for a moment, or Gumiho, for the Seung-gi puppy… b/c K2H is to much for me until it finishes its run (and he so much more serious, too… amazing growth, but not a puppy anymore).

    1N2Ds1 makes me nostalgic. I hope new variety puppy gets Ho-Dong, I do. Then Ji-won, Joo-won, Seung-woo, Tae-woong, show up, and . . . at least one reunion a month, right?

    and I just spotted . . . oh nos, military service (whenever that is). Perhaps they will figure out something beforehand so televisions won’t combust.

  17. 17 luvs

    weeeee love it! i miss Seunggi on TV and kang ho dong please – they are a dynamic duo. anything with food is great for me:)

  18. 18 Cynthia

    It’s good to see that this show ‘Table for 100″ is still a solid go for production. It’s been under discussion for several months now and I seem to recall that the 1N2D PD and Ho Dong were headed towards this when Ho Dong’s scandal interfered with those plans.
    Ho Dong has been surfacing again in the public eye (he just attended a big celeb wedding) and due to the fact that he was found to be not guilty of the charges placed against him, it seems as if the path might be clear for a re-teaming of the dynamic duo of Seung-gi & Ho Dong.
    Brand new show with experienced people running it – plus the ‘Boys’ MCing – what could be better?
    There’s no such thing as too much Seung-gi (and his Beer Can Chicken recipe!)
    Can’t wait! πŸ™‚

  19. 19 Biscuit

    I’m always at awe the way Seungi’s popularity and career works. His latest role in K2H makes you think he’d start changing his career route to more serious dramas and films. But nope, he’s going back to variety.

    He’s one of those rare celebrities that can so naturally be apart of everything and be awesome at it.
    Even if his public image is almost next to perfect, he doesn’t hold back from acting like a kid, playful, stingy, or mischievous on variety or dramas. And yet….. he still maintains that public image as a gentleman o_o

    I’m sure when he reaches 40, he’d even make it as President. Does he even have anti-fans?

    • 19.1 hpn88

      He truly is one of the only people who has manged to do it all and do it all pretty well. Sing, variety, acting (as well as getting a Master’s).

      He must be the king of time management.

      It would truly take a Grinch to be a Seung-gi anti.

      • 19.1.1 Biscuit

        Wuh? He even has a Master’s? I did not know that and now I’m bowing down to him. He’s raised the bar for others to be considered “multi-talented”.

        • Saima

          He’s currently pursuing his Master’s. Not done yet!

        • kimchi

          and he even graduated on time with good grades. plus he graduated with the degree in international trade and commerce unlike other artists who takes fashion, music, acting which is of course would help them in their career, but there’s another world beside show business right?

    • 19.2 tk2h

      if he is really want to compete to be a president.. HE DEFINITELY GET MY VOTE!!!!

  20. 20 Pink Violet

    Ahhhhh,such great news!Thank u,I really needed that;p
    A cooking show would be best for him!He loves all kinds of food and can’t cook!What better way to entertain?:D
    I don’t have much hope for a Hodong comeback yet,but I hope I’m wrong.Anyway,I’m sure Seung-gi can make it work with any other mc:)Looking forward to it<3

  21. 21 ditdut

    WHUT, Shin PD ended up moving to SBS?? LMAO, isn’t that like sleeping with the enemy? I can’t wait to see the Shin PD/Seunggi Combo tho. I’d say Shin PD gels better with Jiwon or Mong, but let’s see.

    • 21.1 reglest

      Yes eonni, she was moving to SBS, kinda surprised right? I do remember in the last scene, they told that Lee PD was moving to CJ, and Shin PD to SBS.
      Can’t wait for her kkk~

  22. 22 mmmaggie

    KANG HO DONG!!! <3

  23. 23 stars4u

    I was already searching for old 1N2D episodes to fill in the time that I won’t be able to see Seung-gi…
    It has never occurred to me that Seung-gi would have a break off air. In between his dramas before I didn’t notice since there was 1N2D and then it was doubled when Strong Heart came, then this year he quit 1N2D then started King 2 Hearts then quit Strong Heart… and now that King 2 Hearts is done… then what?

    • 23.1 stars4u

      and oh! When I first saw this news and it stated that the show involves 2 MCs the only combo I thought of with Seung-gi is Ho-dong!!!!

  24. 24 pham

    PD Shin please bring back Hodong, Seunggi, Mong and the rest of the members if theyΒ΄re not busy with filming something else! Anyways IΒ΄m having high hopes for this show, cause I trust 1n2d PD.

  25. 25 c_gunawan541

    Hmmm, i don’t know whether the show will be for long though.. It seems like LSG is already the age of going for enlistment to army? I actually hope he can go to army first before continuing his activities. It’s sad to see him go earlier but on the upside, he’ll be back earlier too.

    He even mentioned in some interviews last year that his enlistment may be this year.. or probably next year?

    • 25.1 Jazz

      That’s a good point… I remember him mentioning plans to enlist soon too. I does seem odd to start MCing a new variety show if he plans to enlist in the next year or two.

  26. 26 Jazz

    I was just wondering last night if Seunggi’s future plans would be announced to coincide with the last episodes of K2H.

    I would love for this to happen! Though I’m trying to imagine a 2 MC show with Seunggi and anybody other than KHD and it’s not working…..

  27. 27 KDrama Fan

    Thanks for the update GF. It would be great to have LSG and HD together again. Not too sure on the cooking concept but if those 2 were at rhe helm who cares?!

  28. 28 pumpkinattack

    Yay! I really love this guy on variety. He’s too cute!

  29. 29 BelleBrunette

    AAhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Please! oh! Please! Oh! Please! I would love to see Seung Gi back in variey! But Seungi Gi and Kang Ho-Dong!? I want it!!!!!!!! And no its never too early to start chants for Kang Ho-dong when Seung Gi is invovled!

  30. 30 dee

    can’t wait…..

  31. 31 Osi

    PLEASE, let it be true…….
    I need my weekly dose of Lee Seung Gi.

  32. 32 graygirl

    That would be good!!!!

  33. 33 Jenny

    Omg please bring back to ultimate bromance!!!!!!

  34. 34 Eevies

    In my perfect world Ding-dong-dang!! Please!!! Already digging out my old stash of 1n2d for weekly dosage!!

  35. 35 Laica

    Hee hee, the Beanut Gallery. I just noticed that. How long has that been there? πŸ™‚

    I am in awe of this guy’s work ethic and time management skills. Be honest, DB crew, you guys got him to teach you the secret way to the 4th dimension, didn’t you?

  36. 36 kkk

    I see Lee Jae-ha in the picture above O.O I guess it’ll take a while for Seunggi to come back in my mind.

  37. 37 Lsgibu

    Wow!!! And I thought, after watching The King 2 Hearts last episode, my heart sank so deep thinking how I will miss watching him on TV… Frozen. Blank. Kinda world has stopped for a very long moment. This news has lifted me up to the sky…

  38. 38 Porcelain

    Hodong hyung will be by his side. FTW! Yes please!!!

  39. 39 AnnMichelle

    Honestly, I don’t think I will survive (too long) without Seung Gi on TV!

    (I guess I will have to cross the Military Service gorge when the time comes. Or there will be numerous re-runs???)

    Miss you already, dear Seung Gi!

  40. 40 ann

    oh please please YES! if Hodong Hyung cant be in it, I want EJW , an ahjussi palate and a choding palate and I am SOLD!

    but since it is a show that pertains to food, cant there be 3 MCs?

    Seunggi and Jiwon as the critics and Hodong to bring in the laughs and well .. uhmm consume all those food πŸ˜€

    • 40.1 topper

      LOL at “consume all those food”.

  41. 41 one_nee

    oh, LSG n KHD? yes please. i miss seeing KHD in variety show, his voice n heartily laugh… and seeing these 2 back together leading variety show would be daebak =)

  42. 42 Abbie

    Everybody with me now: Lee! Seung! Gi! Kang! Ho! Dong! Lee Seung-gi! Kang Ho-Dong! Yeah!

    I so hope Seung-gi takes this offer! And bring back Ho-dong!

  43. 43 sara

    Yeah, again Lee Seung gi. TV is not TV without Lee Seung gi, so is my life.

  44. 44 Kelinci Biru

    I wonder. How Lee Seunggi manages to be this famous and more importantly how no one can step up to this Seunggi’s level of fame. How he do variety, mc-ing, singing, studying, acting and being a good mom boy is beyond me. and manage to do it with flawless record.

    Seunggi-ya, did you even sleep/eat?

    anyway, things looks better now that he will come back to television.

  45. 45 crizzyville

    yay for a cooking show! i’d want LSG-KHD bromance again! now i just realized i missed them all in 1n2d season 1… hope this will push through… best of luck to ever hardworking seunggi!

  46. 46 LSGLover

    Ohhh pretty please…Someone! Somebody make it happen! Seung Gi-ya + Hodongie + Eun Choding = DAEBAK Show! That would be an early Christmas gift for a lot of people! πŸ˜€

    • 46.1 lovin it


  47. 47 lynn

    Don’t you just love him

  48. 48 lovin it

    i’m pretty sure people will agree with me here and not think i’m being obnoxious haha

  49. 49 leyzlie

    Ommo!!! Jebal!! Hope Seung Gi will accept it.. I miss his heodangness in 1n2d.. And i am looking forward for his expression to food with heodang character into this new show.. Promise i will cook something that he will recommend no matter what it taste like.. ^^

  50. 50 Sidi

    Please make it happen..

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