Reaction to the Kim's Convenience news
Yesterday Kim's Convenience fans were shocked to learn that the show's fifth season, which is currently airing on CBC will be its last.
The news came from the show's producers, shared via the Kim's Convenience social media accounts.
The final episode of Kim's Convenience will air on Tuesday, April 13 at 8 p.m. (8:30NT) on CBC TV and CBC Gem and in addition to heartbroken fans, the show's cast took to social media to share their feelings on the announcement, many using the hashtag #OkSeeYou.
Andrew Phung, who plays Kimchee on the show was among the first to react to the news online. He flooded Twitter with a thread of heartfelt and nostalgic tweets, expressing his gratitude for the opportunity and love for the cast, crew, writers and fans of the show.
He concluded his thread with a tweet reading:
There are six more episodes this season. This 5th season meant a lot, and is possibly our best work. We’re going out on a high note and with our heads up high. From the bottom of my ❤️, thank you! One last time, <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/okseeyou?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#okseeyou</a>! 🦃🦃🌮 <a href="https://t.co/NgjWyRg8th">pic.twitter.com/NgjWyRg8th</a>—@andrewphung
Simu Liu took to Twitter with a more sombre response to the news.
Disappointing news today. <br><br>I’m heartbroken. I feel like my journey with Jung was cut short. I feel like you, the fans, deserved better. But I’m proud of all that we accomplished together in 5 seasons.<br><br>Thanks for all your love and support. This isn’t goodbye, only <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/OKSeeYou?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#OKSeeYou</a>. <a href="https://t.co/c1LAg0F58m">pic.twitter.com/c1LAg0F58m</a>—@SimuLiu
In his statement, the future Marvel superhero said that he was "heartbroken" by the news and had been extremely excited for the show's sixth season, in which he hoped his character Jung would finally reconcile with his father. Liu also stated that he had been prepared to be in every episode and wanted to participate in both the writer's room and director's role.
Liu ended his statement by thanking his fellow cast members, crew, writers and network and expressing what an "unbelievable privilege" it has been to entertain the show's fans for the last five seasons.
Paul Sun-Hyung Lee responded to his castmates' tweets expressing love to both Liu and Phung and stating "I have no words for now. Only a profound sense of loss and sadness."
Love you, son. I was always proud of you. <a href="https://t.co/Z0xxorbh5T">https://t.co/Z0xxorbh5T</a>—@bitterasiandude
I have no words for now. Only a profound sense of loss and sadness. Love you, brother. <a href="https://t.co/ARaXROozBo">https://t.co/ARaXROozBo</a>—@bitterasiandude
Jean Yoon's response on Twitter took fans down memory lane, as she said the end of the show marks almost a full decade of Kim's Convenience for her. As it was around this time 10 years ago when she was asked to play Umma in the Toronto Fringe Festival, leading her to act in 322 live performances and 65 TV episodes.
For me, today's announcement completes almost exactly a full decade of Kim's Convenience. It was around this time of year writer/actor Ins Choi asked me to play Umma in the Toronto Fringe Festival. <br><br>Over the years, I played Mrs. Kim in 381 live shows, 65 TV episodes...—@jean_yoon
Michael Musi who plays Terence kept his reaction short and sweet, tweeting an image of him and the rest of the "Handy" team, captioned "I'll miss my fam. Thanks for 5 incredible years #okseeyou"
I’ll miss my fam. Thanks for 5 incredible years ❤️ <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/okseeyou?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#okseeyou</a> <a href="https://t.co/s5PSMKwSu9">pic.twitter.com/s5PSMKwSu9</a>—@MichaelMusi
Canadian comedian heavyweights Mark Critch from 22 Minutes and Brent Butt from Corner Gas both took to Twitter to respond to the show's news.
Critch personally mentioned Sun-Hyung Lee and wished him and the rest of the Kim's cast all the best in the future.
Sending love to <a href="https://twitter.com/bitterasiandude?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@bitterasiandude</a> and all the <a href="https://twitter.com/KimsConvenience?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@KimsConvenience</a> family. Thanks for letting us stop by Canada’s favourite corner store. Best luck on all next things. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/okseeyou?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#okseeyou</a> <a href="https://t.co/Lo0V66PvhM">https://t.co/Lo0V66PvhM</a>—@markcritch
Butt shared a similar sentiment, stating he was surprised by the news but had no doubt that the cast had amazing things in store for them after creating such an incredible program.
Just learning that <a href="https://twitter.com/KimsConvenience?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@KimsConvenience</a> is coming to an end. Very surprised to hear it, but want to throw a big shout out to everyone involved in creating this terrific and much beloved program. Amazing things await, I have no doubt.—@BrentButt
Paul Bae, British Columbian comedian, writer, actor and podcaster, tweeted an image of him and his friend Ins Choi, the creator of Kim's Convenience. Bae congratulated his friend on having "made something [he's] always wanted to see: Asian Canadians on our TVs".
My brother Ins created a wonderful play that he turned into a hit series for CBC & made something I've always wanted to see: Asian Canadians on our TVs. He helped launch a bunch of careers & I'm so proud of him & everyone involved with Kim's Convenience. History made!🇰🇷🇨🇦👏👏👏 <a href="https://t.co/IJvfmdN06T">pic.twitter.com/IJvfmdN06T</a>—@MrPaulBae
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