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|Birth name||Kang Ho-dong|
June 11, 1970 |
Jinju, South Korea
|Spouse||Lee Hyo-jin (이효진) (m. 2006)|
|Notable works and roles||SBS X-Man
SBS Love Letter
SBS Star King
MBC Golden Fishery
KBS Happy Sunday: 1 Night 2 Days
SBS Strong Heart
KBS Our Neighborhood Arts and Physical Education
JTBC Knowing Bros
|Revised Romanization||Gang Ho-dong|
Kang Ho-dong (born June 11, 1970) is a South Korean television host and comedian, who first became known to Koreans as one of the top Korean traditional wrestlers. Along with comedian Yoo Jae-suk, he has terminated his contract with De Chocolate E&TF (a.k.a. Stom E&F) for issues of non-payment. On 9 September 2011, an emergency press conference was held at the Seoul Garden Hotel, in regard to his tax evasion rumours. Due to the controversy surrounding his name at the time, Kang decided to temporarily retire from the Entertainment industry. Later on it was decided that his tax evasion was not intentional,as it was merely a mistake made on behalf of his accountant and his agency, Which made him to dealt twice with two different unresponsible Agencies in a row after his issues of non-payment with his previous agency. He announced his return to the entertainment industry in late 2012 with S.M. C&C as Kang's new agency.
Kang Ho-dong was born in Jinju on 11 June 1970 to a family of one brother and three sisters. Kang Ho-dong first met his wife on arranged double blind date with Yoo Jae-suk and on November 12, 2006, Kang married Lee Hyo-jin. On March 13, 2009, they had their first child, a boy named Kang Si-hoo.
Kang Ho-dong graduated from Masan Business High School. After graduating from high school, he started participating actively in professional Ssireum (Korean wrestling) matches. Early in his wrestling career, he lost many matches. However, on July 8, 1989, at the 44th national ssireum championships, the unseeded Kang managed to defeat the legendary Lee Mangi and went on to win the tournament, which marked the start of his successful Ssireum career. Known as 'Devil on the sand' for his arrogant and fearless demeanor, he went on to win the Baekdujangsa Ssireum Championship seven times and the Cheonhajangsa Ssireum Championship five times, he was widely recognized as the youngest ever Cheonhajangsa title holder.
After Kang retired from wrestling, he began his MC and comedian career in 1993, appearing on MBC as a talent. He was influenced by Lee Kyung-kyu, who is a famous MC and comedian in South Korea. He later became the host of a number of popular variety programs such as X-Man, Love Letter and Ya Shim Man Man. Kang has won numerous entertainment awards, and is widely recognized as one of the best television hosts in Korean television history. In 2011, He hosted four popular variety programs – Happy Sunday - 1 Night 2 Days, Golden Fishery, Star King and Strong Heart.
On September 9, 2011, Kang held a press conference announcing his retirement from the entertainment industry due to his tax evasion controversy and demand for investigation by the National Tax Service.
The National MC Kang Ho Dong was investigated for tax evasion. He was initially laid with a fine due to a discrepancy in his numbers, but it seems that there were no formal charges or processes made against the multi-entertainer. On December 17th, the Seoul District Prosecutor Office announced, "In the case of the fine being less than $500,000 USD (per year), the National Tax Service must file a charge of tax evasion in order for the subject to be a suspect of tax evasion. However, there has been no such charge up until now, so we have decided to drop the case as of the 16th." Kang Ho Dong's fine amounts to $700,000 USD for a combined three years, significantly less than the required $500,000 USD per year. The National Tax Service added, "Kang Ho Dong's annual fine is less than the required $500,000 USD. Furthermore, he did not commit acts of intentional evasion. It is merely a mistake made on behalf of his accountant, so we will not be charging him with tax evasion."
On 17 August 2012, Kang signed exclusive contracts with SM C&C with Lee Soo-man convinced him personally when he is retired and along with fellow MC Shin Dong-yup SM Entertainment and made a comeback. In December 2015, Kang joined JTBC's new variety show, Knowing Bros, as the cast member along with comedian Lee Soo-geun.
Kang also owns a chain of Korean barbecue restaurants called Baek Jeong.
- Happy Sunday - 1 Night 2 Days is a wild variety program that airs on Sundays. Six or seven members, originally Kang Ho-dong (main MC), Lee Soo-geun, Eun Ji-won, Kim Jong-min, Ji Sang-ryul and Noh Hong-chul, later members in season 1 were Lee Seung-gi, Kim C, MC Mong, and Uhm Tae-woong, go on a trip for 1 night and 2 days and they play games (Bok-bul-bok) and present the beautiful scenery of South Korea to the viewers. Kang won his first Daesang from KBS during the annual KBS Entertainment Awards in 2008 for hosting 1 Night 2 Days.
- Golden Fishery was a talk show that aired on Wednesdays. Kang Ho-dong played a "knee guru" to whom celebrities presented a current problem and Kang, along with popular comedian Yoo Se-yoon and All Rise Band, tried to come up with a solution.
- Star King is a talent variety program that airs on Saturdays. Each week, there are different challengers who compete for the title "STAR KING" and guests stars are invited to be the judges of the competition.
- Strong Heart was a talk show originally hosted by Kang Ho-dong and Lee Seung-gi. It aired on Tuesdays. Each week, 24 guest stars were invited to share their entertaining or heartwarming stories that are related to the theme assigned and the guest with the most touching story was presented with the "Strong Heart" title.
- Barefooted Friends was a variety and travel show where the hosts visited various countries in Asia, blending in by living like the locals in that specific country. Kang Ho-Dong was permanent host to the end of the show, alongside Yoon Shi-yoon, Yoon Jong-shin, Yoo Se-yoon, Kim Bum-soo, Eunhyuk, Kim Hyun-joong and Uee.
- Our Neighborhood Arts and Physical Education or Cool Kiz on the Block is a variety sports show where the members play amateur sports games. When a sport ends, new members join the cast. Only the three permanent members stay, currently Kang Ho-dong (main MC), Jeong Hyeong-don, and Yang Sangguk. The members play against amateur or professional teams, and often fellow stars. At the KBS 2013 entertainment awards, Cool Kiz on the Block received a reward for the best teamwork.
- New Journey to the West is a Korean reality TV series well-known for reuniting the original cast and producer from the “golden era” of the KBS2 variety show “1 Night 2 Days,“New Journey to the West,” named after the Chinese legend “Journey to the West,” features a trip undertaken by Korean TV personalities Kang Ho-dong, Lee Soo-geun, Eun Ji-won and Lee Seung-gi for 1st season,The first season of the show garnered an accumulated 50 million views on domestic portals by Apr 19,2016.
- New Journey to the West 2The series is A sequel of New Journey to the West starring South Korean comedians Kang Ho-dong, Lee Soo-geun, singer Eun Ji-won and actor Ahn Jae-hyeon replaced Lee seung-gi due to his attend to serve active military duty.The sequel however was watched more than 211 million times on Tencent (http://v.qq.com) as of Friday, tvN said.It is the shortest time a video has ever taken on the website to break 1 million views, the South Korean cable network said, adding the show has remained No. 1 in the entertainment category since premiering 45 days ago.(reported by 2016-06-04 11:16)
|Year Start||Year End||Network||Title||Note|
|1997||1997||KBS||열려라 코미디 Open Comedy - 어머니 Mother|
|1999||1999||슈퍼 TV 일요일은 즐거워 Joyful Super Sunday TV - MC 대격돌 Standby Cue|
|2002||2002||슈퍼 TV 일요일은 즐거워 Joyful Super Sunday TV - MC 대격돌 Standby Cue|
|2003||MBC||강호동의 천생연분 Kang Ho-dong's Soulmates|
|2004||SBS||티풀 선데이 Beautiful Sunday|
|2003||2003||KBS||빅 스타, 이런모습 처음이야 Big Stars, First Looks||Chuseok Special|
|2003||SBS||소원성취 토요일 Saturday Wishes|
|2004||실제상황! 토요일 Real Situation Saturday - X맨 X-Man|
|2008||야심만만 Ya Shim Man Man|
|2004||2005||MBC||실험쇼, 진짜? 진짜! Experimental Show, Really?! Really!|
|2006||SBS||실제상황! 토요일 Real Situation Saturday - 연애편지 Love Letter|
|일요일이 좋다 Good Sunday - X맨 X-Man|
|2005||2005||MBC||대통령과 함께하는 드림!드림!드림!|
|2006||2006||KBS||설특집 스타 대격돌 천하별미|
|2007||SBS||일요일이 좋다 Good Sunday - New X맨 New X-Man|
|2011||MBC||황금어장 Golden Fishery|
|2007||해피 선데이 Happy Sunday - 준비됐어요 Are You Ready|
|2011||SBS||스타킹 Star King|
|2011||KBS||해피 선데이 Happy Sunday - 1박2일 1 Night 2 Days|
|2008||2009||SBS||야심만만 시즌2 Ya Shim Man Man Season 2|
|2009||2011||강심장 Strong Heart|
|2012||2013||MBC||황금어장 Golden Fishery||Resume MC position|
|2012||2016||SBS||스타킹 Star King||Resume MC position|
|2013||2013||KBS2||달빛프린스 Moonlight Prince|
|2016||우리동네 예능과 체육의 능력자 Our Neighborhood Arts and Physical Education|
|2013||SBS||일요일이 좋다 Good Sunday - 맨발의 친구들 Barefooted Friends|
|2015||2015||tvN go||New Journey to the West (신서유기)||End on October 2, 2015|
|2015||KBS||투명인간 Invisible Man|
|Present||JTBC||아는 형님 Knowing Bros|
|2016||2016||tvN||New Journey to the West 2 (신서유기 2)||End on June 17, 2016|
|Present||JTBC||Let's Eat Dinner Together (한끼줍쇼)|
|2017||SBS||SBS Elementary School Teacher||Lunar New Year special |
|2017||tvN go||New Journey to the West 3 (신서유기 3)||End on March 12, 2017|
|2017||tvN go||New Journey to the West 4 (신서유기 4)||Begin in June 2017 |
|Present||O'live / tvN||Island Trio|
- 2005: "Oh! Happy Day" (Christmas carol featuring child actress, Chae Eun)
- 2009: "Horror Show" (featured in MC Mong's repackaged album, Humanimal, also featured in the music video)
- 2009: "Ho Dong Show" (featured in MC Mong's repackaged album, Humanimal as a bonus track)
Awards and achievements
- 1987: 제17회 회장기쟁탈전국장사씨름대회 장사급 준우승 (Runner-up)
- 1989: 44th National Wrestling Championships (95.1 kg or more Division)
- 1990: 47th National Wrestling Championships (95.1 kg or more Division)
- 1990: 18th Wrestling Tournament Titans (Freeweight Division)
- 1991: 54th National Wrestling Championships (95.1 kg or more Division)
- 1991: 21st Wrestling Tournament Titans (Freeweight Division)
- 1992: 24th Wrestling Tournament Titans (Freeweight Division)
|1995||TV Journal Star King||Top Excellence Award||Won|
|1998||MBC Entertainment Awards||Excellence Award in a Comedy/Sitcom||Won|
|2002||MBC Entertainment Awards||Top Excellence Award in a Variety Show||Won|
|2003||SBS Entertainment Awards||Special Award, MC category||Won|
|39th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best TV Entertainer (Soulmates)||Won|
|SBS Drama Awards||Special Award Best Television MC||Won|
|2005||4th KBS Entertainment Awards||Special Award, MC category||Won|
|SBS Drama Awards||Special Award Best Television MC||Won|
|2007||SBS Entertainment Awards||Daesang (Grand Prize)||Won|
|6th KBS Entertainment Awards||Top Excellence Idea Corner Award||Won|
|SBS Entertainment Awards||Korean Wave Program Award - X-man||Won|
|2008||44th Baeksang Arts Awards||Daesang (Grand Prize)||Won|
|7th KBS Entertainment Awards||Won|
|MBC Entertainment Awards||Won|
|20th Korean Producers' Award of Korea||Best Show Host (1 Night 2 Days)||Won|
|SBS Entertainment Awards||Netizen's Choice Program of the Year Excellence Award (Star King)||Won|
|2008 Famous Creative Entertainment||"1 of top 50"||Won|
|9th Korea Visual Arts Awards||Photogenic Award, MC category||Won|
|2009||8th KBS Entertainment Awards||Daesang (Grand Prize)||Won|
|SBS Entertainment Awards||Best Program Award (Strong Heart)||Won|
|8th KBS Entertainment Awards||Viewer's Choice Program (1 Night 2 Days)||Won|
|2010||SBS Entertainment Awards||Daesang (Grand Prize)||Won|
|Program of the Year Award (Star King)||Won|
|SBS 20th Anniversary Entertainment 10 Star Award||Won|
|Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism||Appreciation Plaque
(presented by Yu In-chon) (1 Night 2 Days)
|Korea Tourism Awards 2010||Merit Division (1 Night 2 Days)||Won|
|9th KBS Entertainment Awards||Viewer's Choice Program (1 Night 2 Days)||Won|
|2011||SBS Entertainment Awards||Excellence Program Award (Talk Show Category) (Strong Heart)||Won|
|2013||SBS Entertainment Awards||Producer MC Award (Star King)||Won|
|1st Gimcheon International Masters Diving Competition||Special Award (Barefooted Friends members)||Won|
|SBS Entertainment Awards||Producers award (TV sector)||Won|
|12th KBS Entertainment Awards||Best Teamwork Award (Cool Kiz on the Block)||Won|
|Kind to Rookie Award (Cool Kiz on the Block)||Won|
|2014||SBS Entertainment Awards||Excellence Award for Programs (Talk Shows category) (Star King)||Won|
|2015||14th KBS Entertainment Awards||Best Teamwork Award (Cool Kiz on the Block)||Won|
|2016||tvN10 Awards||Best Content Award, Variety (New Journey to the West)||Won|
- "Yoo Jae-suk files law suit against KBS, MBC, SBS and former agency" Allkpop . 11 December 2010. Retrieved 2015-01-06
- " 14 September 2011, Retrieved 2012-03-16
- "South Korean celeb programs popular in North". The Korea Herald. March 27, 2011. Retrieved May 10, 2011.
- "Kang Ho Dong's annual fine is less than the required $500,000 USD. Furthermore, he did not commit acts of intentional evasion. It is merely a mistake made on behalf of his accountant, so we will not be charging him with tax evasion.https://www.allkpop.com/article/2011/12/court-dismisses-kang-ho-dongs-tax-evasion-case
- Yoon, Dong Won. "'아는 형님' 강호동 이수근 민경훈 출연확정…12월을 수놓는 8인의 별들!". 2015-11-12. Retrieved 2016-05-15.
- Chae, Sun Ah. "강호동 `아는형님` 출연확정, 이수근도 끌고 간다…어떤 예능일까?". 2015-11-12. Retrieved 2016-05-15.
- "Non-Korean Idols Try To Guess Meanings Behind Korean Words To Hilarious Results". Soompi. 2017-01-27. Retrieved 2017-03-20.
- "Producer Of "New Journey To The West" Hints Return Of Season 3 Cast". Soompi. Soompi. 2017-04-01. Retrieved 2017-04-02.
- DE Chocolate E&TF - Official Website (in Korean)
|Awards and achievements|
|KBS Entertainment Awards - Daesang
2008 & 2009