Kim Hyun Joong's agency Key East Entertainment stated on the 31st, "Kim Hyun Joong plans to leave 'Barefoot Friends'. Due to scheduling conflicts with filming for his drama, he inevitably had to leave. We have already told the production crew about his leave."
Kim Hyun Joong will enter filming for the new KBS 2TV drama 'Generation of Youth' as the lead actor this November. Kim Hyun Joong's leave brought up rumors of the leave of other actors among the cast of 'Barefoot Friends' as Yoon Si Yoon is also in a similar predicament having been cast for the new KBS 2TV drama 'Prime Minister and I' which will air this December.
Yoon Si Yoon's agency Taxi Entertainment however assured fans that he will stay on the show, stating, "We've never discussed anything about his possible leave from 'Barefoot Friends'. Even if he has a drama schedule, the filming takes place during the weekend so there will be no difficulty."
According to a broadcast insider, UEE who is currently filming her new MBC weekend drama 'Golden Rainbow', is also in talks to possibly leave 'Barefoot Friends' but is leaning towards the direction of staying on and trying to work out the schedules.