Ada Choi, Raymond Wong Back Out of TVB Drama “Eunuchs Leave the Palace”

Ada Choi (蔡少芬) has turned down yet another opportunity to star in a TVB drama. Ada’s last TVB drama was the 2012 period drama Beauty at War <金枝慾孽貳>, the sequel to the highly popular Qing dynasty palace series War and Beauty <金枝慾孽>.

Last year, it was announced that Ada would join the cast of TVB drama Ghost of Relativity <鬼同你OT>, starring alongside Moses Chan (陳豪). Ada even turned down the opportunity to star as the female lead in the Mainland Chinese drama The Legend of Miyue <羋月傳> in order to film the TVB series.

However, upon realizing the series would involve supernatural topics, Ada rejected the role, citing conflict with her Christian religion.

At the TVB Sales Presentation held in November 2014, TVB confirmed that Ada will star in Eunuchs Leave the Palace <公公出宮> opposite Wayne Lai (黎耀祥) and David Chiang (姜大偉). Ada had also expressed her excitement to work with Wayne for the first time. However, TVB’s delay in starting production interfered with Ada’s schedule, and she ultimately turned down the TVB drama due to scheduling conflicts. It has been announced that Nancy Wu (胡定欣) will replace Ada Choi’s as the new female lead in the series.

Originally scheduled to begin production in late December, TVB had to postpone Eunuchs Leave the Palace’s production to mid-February 2015 due to the unprecedented issues of TVB’s time-traveling series Captain of Destiny <張保仔>, which required a longer post-production slot due to its CGI elements.

Ada Regrets Missed Opportunity

Having to turn down two TVB series in a row, Ada said she felt that it was a pity. Ada expressed, “I was prepared [to star in Eunuchs Leaving the Palace]. However, they delayed the production to more than a month later, and that really interfered with my schedule. My manager and I tried to come up with a suitable arrangement, but we couldn’t do it, so that’s why I had to reject the series. I never worked with Wayne before. It’s a big pity.”

Because of TVB, Ada had to turn down The Legend of Miyue and two other mainland Chinese dramas. Commenting that Ada must have lost millions of dollars, she said, “That much? Can’t really put it that way. As long as I don’t accept the job, I’m not really earning anything. I didn’t lose anything. I know what I want.” Ada stressed that she is still possesses good relations with TVB and is waiting for the opportunity to work with the station again in the future.

Raymond Wong Also Backs Out of  Eunuchs Leave the Palace 

Ada was not the only artiste who turned down Eunuchs Leaving the Palace. According to producer Marco Law (羅永賢), Raymond Wong (黃浩然) also rejected the series due to scheduling conflicts.

Marco Law said, “Originally, the drama was called The Five Eunuchs <太監五虎>. It was supposed to feature the five leads in The Confidant <大太監>, which included Raymond Wong. However, Raymond has to film a new drama in April, so we had to let him go.”


This article is written by Addy for

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  1. Nancy Wu is a good replacement, glad it wasn’t Linda, Kate, Priscilla or any other pageant queen.

    1. Nancy was in The Confidant. She is not a replacement

      1. “It has been announced that Nancy Wu (胡定欣) will replace Ada Choi’s as the new female lead in the series.”

      2. I think they meant replacement as the female lead. Nancy was in the Confidant but I do not think she was the lead.

    2. Agree that Nancy is so much better that the rest mentioned.

      But it is really a pity cannot see the collaboration between Wayne & Ada. I trust the 2 of them would have a great chemistry since both are very good actor & actress.

      Hope Wayne – Nancy collaboration in this new drama has new sparks. Otherwise no breakthrough since they have been working together quite frequently especially in recent years.
      All The Best!

  2. Great, le’s see how Nancy Wu does in leading role!

  3. Good for Nancy, but this is like her nth time starring with Wayne already. It’s unfortunate for Ada though. She’s been really gracious with her responses, but it’s probably true that she lost a lot of potential earnings because of this.

  4. Can they stop putting the “Five Tigers” together? It’s boring watching the same group over and over again.

    1. Agreed, especially we just finished watching Overachievers

    2. agree,tvb really run out of ideas,always the same again and again,and the five tigers are boring,i rather call them five turtles.

  5. eunuchs again?

    tvb cant think of anything new to write about, so many eunuchs stories already

    1. agree,i hope they can rivive the wuxia theme but i think this is more a wihsful thinking.

    1. Fly With Me was her having super power like Wonder Woman and the new drama is about ghosts and spirits.

  6. The Confidant was a master piece… the so called sequel I hope it’s going to be good as well. All I care is Power Chan to be in it to be honest. 🙂

    1. Me, too. Power Chan was the best artiste in “The Confidant”.

      1. Me 3 I don’t really mind raymond wong not being in it as long as they have raymond cho power and wayne in it I couldnt get enough them after finishing overacheivers!!

      2. Its too bad Ada rejected the series cause I really miss watching her!!

    2. Masterpiece is being used in a sarcastic tone, right?

  7. i am glad that nancy is taking on the lead. i think she will suit the role well.

  8. What a pity! Ada arguably the best actress that came out from TVB and many fans had been waiting to watch her again in one of TVB productions. But Nancy Wu as a replacement isn’t too bad, though she’s no where near Ada’s beauty, charm and poise. But as someone said earlier, luckily it is no Linda or Kate.

  9. What a pity.. its been such a long time since Ada’s last tvb drama

  10. I love Nancy Wu!glad she’s getting these opportunities since she is a good actress and can play good or bad characters

    1. Nancy has great potential as she is very daring to try new challenges.

      However, a real pity Ada Choi not able to take part. Was really looking forward to her and Wayne.

      Another good option is Charmaine Sheh. She is super good and natural with her acting.

      Hope Wayne & Charmaine have an opportunity to act along one day.

      All he Best!

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