19 Apr – Despite Kim Gu-ra's announcement that he will step down from all his shows, the producers of MBC's "Quiz to Change the World" has decided not to replace Kim's position in the show.
Allkpop website reported that on 17 April, the show made a statement saying that "There is no one fit enough to replace Kim Gu-ra and the show will continue with current hosts Lee Hwi-jae and Park Mi-sun."
The staff of the show also stated, "We will keep Kim Gu-ra's seat open until his return."
Earlier on 16 April, the sharp-tongued comedian made an announcement that he will step down from appearing on television to reflect on his past actions. This is due to a past comment he made in 2002 regarding WWII's comfort women – a sensitive issue among Koreans.
According to Soompi website, during a webcast show in 2002, Kim said, "Some 80 prostitutes are fighting for their rights against the police. They're sitting on a chartered bus heading to the National Human Rights Commission to file a complaint. This is probably the first time that prostitutes got on a chartered bus since the comfort women during World War II."