Amazing Entertainer and Father of Twins, Lee Hwi-jae
Lee Hwi-jae is a popular South Korean entertainer. Lee Hwi-jae is active as a comedian and can mostly be seen as a variety show host. Lee Hwi-jae drew the public attention with his appearance on the KBS Battle Trip and The Return of Superman with his twin sons which received a lot of love from the audiences. Lee Hwi-jae is known as a professional MC but also a loving father and husband. Let’s get to know Lee Hwi-jae better.
Profile of Lee Hwi-jae
Stage Name: Lee Hwi-jae
Real Name: Lee Young-jae
Date of Birth: December 29th, 1972
Origin: Myungyeong Country, North Gyeongsang Province, South Korea
Nationality: South Korean
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 68 kg
Blood Type: O
Education: Yale Elementary School | Chungam High School | Department of Theater – Seoul Arts Center
Relationship Status: Married
Agency: TN Entertainment, Cube Entertainment
Years Active: 1992 – Present
Lee Hwi-jae, The Talented Entertainer
Lee Hwi-jae was a former floor director of MBC’s entertainment program Sunday, Sunday Night. He then made his TV debut in the entertainment industry as a comedian, in 1992. Lee Hwi-jae rose to stardom with the program Life Theater and expanded his career afterward into hosting variety shows, such as Sang Sang Plus, Sponge, and Quiz to Change the World. In 2008, he was the third highest-paid entertainer at MBC with total earnings of 574.5 million.
Lee Hwi-jae’s Family
Lee Hwi-jae is a son of the couple Lee Gang-il and Kim Sin-ja. When he was little, his mother was the one who took care of him rather than his father. Lee Hwi-jae was less affectionate with his father during his childhood, so when Lee Gang-il saw how Lee Hwi-jae took care of his children nicely, he felt jealous and grateful for that.
Lee Hwi-jae married the florist Moon Jeong-won, on December 5th, 2010, who is 8 years younger than him. The wedding took place at the Hyatt Hotel in Seoul. Lee Hwi-jae and Moon Jeong-won first met at a blind date and started seeing each other a year before their marriage.
Lee Hwi-jae and Moon Jeong-won have two children, twin sons, Lee Seo-eon and Lee Seo-jun. The twins were born on March 15th, 2013. Although they are always fighting, they really love one another and take care of each other really well.
As time passed by, Lee Gang-il’s health started to deteriorate as he faced difficulties in recognizing people he saw and started having poor eyesight. In an episode of KBS’ The Return of Superman with Seo-eon and Seo-jun, the twins and Lee Hwi-jae appeared on Gayo Show, which is Lee Gang-il’s favorite TV show. However, Lee Gang-il could not recognize it and only managed to recognize the song. Lee Hwi-jae became really sad for his son’s condition.
Becoming The Return of Superman‘s Cast Member
Lee Hwi-jae and his lovely family became cast members of the KBS show The Return of Superman with his twin sons, Lee Seo-eon and Lee Seo-jun in season 1. The first episode was aired on December 15th, 2013, alongside 3 other families; Epik High Tablo and Haru, Choi Sung-hoon and Choo Sarang, Hyeon-seong with Junu and Junseo.
Lee Hwi-jae’s family appeared for 5 years and became the family with the longest appearance in the show. For 5 years, Seo-eon and Seo-jun have created a lot of memories with Lee Hwi-jae and they also got through a lot of events. Not only they themselves but the interaction with the other cast members have created many unforgettable moments.
Their last episode aired on April 15th, 2018. Lee Hwi-jae decided to leave the show so his children could focus more on their own life off-camera. However, the twins were sad for leaving the show as they would miss the writer and the cameraman of the show.
To find out the latest update about the twins, check out the twins’ mom Instagram.
Lee Hwi-jae’s Famous TV Shows
Lee Hwi-jae is famous as the host of a variety show. However, he is also famous as an actor and event host for dramas and award ceremonies. His appearance has drawn public attention because of his unique charm as a host. Several of his famous shows are KBS’ Vitamin, The Return of Superman, and Battle Trip. Let’s check out Lee Hwi-jae’s list of TV show appearances.
|1995||SBS||삼색우정 – 고참은 괴로워|
|KBS2||To Make a Man|
|1996||Reporting for Duty|
|SBS||Lee Hwi-jae’s 사나이 특공대|
|1998||MBC||Three Guys and Three Girls|
|1999||SBS||My Love Han Ji-soon|
|2003||Go Mom Go!|
|2004||Old Miss Diary|
|Hello Franceska S3|
|KBS2||Look Back With a Smile|
|2011||MBC||The Greatest Love|
|2016||Listen to Love|
|1993||MBC||Life Theater||1993 -1994, 1997|
|Baby Face Club|
|1994||오늘은 좋은 날 – 큰 집 사람들|
|1999||SBS||Nam Hee-seok and Lee Hwi-jae’s Wonderful Encounter||1999 – 2000|
|KBS2||Nam Hee-seok and Lee Hwi-jae’s 한국이 보인다|
|2000||한국이 보인다||2000 – 2001|
|Bank||2000 – 2002|
|KBS2||Lee and Yoo’s Night||2001 – 2002|
|Super TV Sunday Fun|
|2003||Sponge||2003 – 2012|
|2004||SBS||Healthy Men and Women|
|Medical Non – Fiction! Last Warning|
|Mnet||M! Countdown||2004 – 2005|
|KBS2||Sang Sang Plus||2004 – 2008|
|2008||MBC||We Got Married – Season 1||2008 – 2009|
|Quiz to Change the World|
|SBS||1000 Songs Challenge|
|2009||MBC||Hunters||2009 – 2010|
|KBS2||I Have an Uncle|
|QTV||Determine Women’s Ranks||2009 – 2011|
|2010||SBS||Heroes||2010 – 2011|
|Birth of a Family||2011 – 2012|
|jTBC||We Are Detectives||2012 – 2013|
|2013||MBC Every1||Extreme 7|
|KBS2||Vitamin||2013 – 2017|
|The Return of Superman||2013 – 2018|
|jTBC||The Victory with Doctors|
|Happy Together||Guest with Tablo, Seong-hoon & Hyun-sung|
|2014||Channel A||Beauty Shop|
|2015||MBC Every1||Match Made in Heaven Returns||MC, with Leeteuk|
|2016||KBS||Battle Trip||MC, 2016 – present|
|SBS||Vocal War: God’s Voice||Co-host with Sung Si-kyung|
Lee Hwi-jae’s popularity has been acknowledged since long time ago. He won his first award at the 2009 MBC Entertainment Awards and received the Grand Prize. Although his last award achievement is in 2016, Lee Hwi-jae is still active until now and has gained a lot of popularity with his show. Let’s check out Lee Hwi-jae’s achievements until now.
|2009||MBC Entertainment Awards||Grand Prize (Daesang)|
|2010||Best MC Award (with Park Mi-sun & Kim Gura)||Quiz to Change the World|
|2013||KBS Entertainment Awards||Producer’s Special Awards||The Return of Superman|
|2014||Popularity Award (Hwi-jae’s Twins with Sarang & Haru)|
|Producer’s Special Award (with Song Il-gook)|
|2015||Grand Prize (Daesang)||The Return of Superman, Vitamin|