Comedian Yoo Jae-suk poses after receiving the Grand Prize for MBC’s Entertainment Awards for the fifth straight year at the broadcaster’s auditorium in Yeouido, Seoul, Tuesday.
/ Courtesy of MBC
By Han Sang-hee
The Grand Prize for MBC's Entertainment Awards went to comedian and television host Yoo Jae-suk, Tuesday night.
The 37-year-old has now won the award for five consecutive years, including grand prizes from networks such as KBS and SBS, becoming the first Korean celebrity to do so.
``I am so grateful, but I am also very sorry. It's so easy to become boring when the program has been running for a long time, but I will strive to bring change and new items to the table,'' he said after receiving his award, mentioning his gratitude to fellow nominees Kang Ho-dong, Lee Gyung-gyu, Park Mi-seon and Lee Hwi-jae.
``I'm becoming a father next year and I hope I get to enjoy my programs with my child even through the year 2022,'' he added.
Yoo has long been one of the top television hosts in Korea, appearing in four shows: MBC's ``Infinite Challenge'' and ``Come Over,'' SBS' ``The Family is Out'' and KBS' ``Happy Together.'' His modesty and sense of humor has grabbed the audience's attention, which also led him to earn the title, ``MC of the Nation.''
Yoo made his debut in 1991 through KBS' University Gag Contest, but failed to attract attention, while his buddies, such as comedians Kim Yong-man, Nam Hee-seok and Park Su-hong, became top entertainers. Several years passed, and Yoo finally made a name for himself with his witty comments and smooth hosting skills.
The annual event, which was broadcasted on television, was hosted by comedian Lee Hyuk-jae, and featured special performances by the nominees and fellow actors and comedians. It gave out a total of 14 awards, including the Rookie Award, Best Couple and Best Program.
Park Myung-soo and Jung Jun-ha, stars of the network's top program, ``Infinite Challenge,'' sang songs written for their programs with Jessica of Girls' Generation and After School, respectively, while the female cast members of ``The Quiz That Changes the World'' offered a remake of the Brown Eyed Girls' ``Abracadabra.''
The Top Prizes went to Jeong Bo-seok and Park Mi-seon for their work in the sitcoms ``High Kick 2'' and ``Ha Ttang sa,'' respectively, while Kim Gu-ra and Lee Gyeong-shil received the award for their appearances on ``The Quiz that Changes the World.'' The Best Couple Award went to Sin Se-gyeong and Yun Si-yoon, while the Best Program Award was given to the ``Infinite Challenge'' team. The Lifetime Achievement Award was given to veteran actor Lee Sun-jae from ``High Kick 2 .''
유재석 MBC 방송연예대상
'무한도전'의 유재석 (37)이 29일 '2009 MBC 방송연예대상' 대상을 받았다.
이로써 유재석은 KBS, SBS 등을 포함해 5년 연속 대상을 받았다.
유재석은 ``고맙지만 대단히 미안하기도 하다. 프로그램이 오래 가면 지겨워지기 쉬운데 변화를 가져오기 위해 최선을 다할 것''이라고 다짐했다.
지난 1991년 KBS의 대학 개그콘서트를 통해 데뷔한 유재석은 동료인 김용만, 남희석, 박수홍 등이 인기를 모으는 동안 별 주목을 받지 못했다. 하지만 시간이 가면서 재치있는 말솜씨와 무난한 진행 솜씨로 주목을 받게 됐다.
이날 오후 10시부터 여의도 MBC 공개홀에서 열린 시상식에서 최우수상은 버라이어티 부문에서 '세바퀴'의 김구라와 이경실, 코미디ㆍ시트콤 부문에서 '지붕뚫고 하이킥'의 정보석과 '태희혜교지현이'의 박미선이 각각 차지했다.
우수상은 '세바퀴'의 김지선ㆍ임예진과 '무한도전'의 노홍철 (버라이어티), '태희혜교지현이'의 최은경과 윤종신 (코미디ㆍ시트콤)에게 각각 돌아갔다.
시청자가 뽑은 최고의 프로그램상은 '무한도전', 베스트 커플상은 '지붕뚫고 하이킥'의 윤시윤-신세경이 차지했다.
'무한도전'은 PD상도 받아 프로그램으로는 유일하게 2관왕에 올랐다. 공로상은 '거침없이 하이킥'에 이어 '지붕뚫고 하이킥'에서 열연을 펼치고 있는 이순재가 수상했다.