‘Healing Camp’ says farewell

Healing Camp,” the TV network SBS’s signature talk show, will end on Monday.

The entertainment show has run for four and a half years. It will be replaced by the talk show “Same Bed, Different Dreams”, which currently airs on Saturdays but will be broadcast on Mondays at 11.p.m from Feb. 15, the Monday after the Lunar New Year holiday. This was confirmed by SBS on Tuesday, according to reports.

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Lee Kyung-kyu (from left), Han Hye-jin and Kim Je-dong (SBS)

Comedians Lee Kyung-kyu and Kim Je-dong as well as model-turned-actress Han Hye-jin hosted the show when it first went on air in July 2011. Celebrities are invited to the show every week and the insightful interviews that take place on air have resonated with many local viewers, offering them a sense of relief, or “healing,” which has become a buzzword used by Koreans when they are in dire need for some relief.

Politician Ahn Cheol-soo even appeared on the show in July 2012 and that episode saw a record high of viewership ratings, at 18.7 per cent. He was a presidential candidate at that time.

Ahn gained a reputation as a symbol of healing and became one of the nation’s political heavyweights.

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‘Healing Camp’ says farewell (SBS)

The show’s viewership began to decline after singer-turned-actress Sung Yu-ri replaced Han in 2013. Since then, the talk show has been struggling to survive. It tried changing formats several times. After Lee and Sung left the show in July 2015, Kim was left to host it by himself in front of an audience of 500 people. This did not improve viewership and ratings stayed at around 3 percent.

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‘Healing Camp’ says farewell (SBS)

Ji-hyoung Son
The Korea Herald