Amigo Chui’s Career Given A Second Life; Receives $1 Million Salary
It was announced that Amigo Chui (崔建邦) was about to make a spectacular comeback at TVB, hosting a star-studded music program featuring the singers from Hong Kong’s “Big Four” Music companies, EMI Group, Sony Music, Universal Music, and Warner Music Group. According to Oriental Daily, Amigo will be compensated at over $1 million (HKD) this year, which was double his former salary as a MC, in order to prevent him from working for another rival television station!
Amigo stated, “I am very satisfied with the generous [salary] adjustment. I hope that I will live up to expectations.” Indicating that his family supported his return to work as a MC, Amigo was asked about his “good friend” Natalie Tong’s reaction. Amigo commented, “She also supports me!”
For the last two years, Amigo Chui’s career was in the doldrums. It started with ex-girlfriend, Elizabete Kwong’s (鄺敏慧) accusations that Amigo had strangled and bruised her neck in a lover’s dispute. He had grabbed her forcefully while deleting their dating photos on her cell phone, in an attempt to prevent the public exposure of their relationship. Amigo had also cheated on long-time girlfriend, Natalie Tong (唐詩詠). The labels of being a “violent boyfriend” and “love cheat” destroyed Amigo’s image. Furthermore, he was photographed driving his car amidst a license suspension.
Last year, Amigo was demoted to working as a Production Assistant at TVB. Under the encouragement of Natalie Tong, Amigo emerged from depression, set aside his former ego, and persevered. With rumors that Amigo and Natalie have reconciled their relationship, it appeared that Amigo has been able to turn around his luck in both his love life and career!
Allegedly, former TVB executive, Stephen Chan (陳志雲) and Virginia Lok (樂易玲) vouched for the resurrection of Amigo’s MC hosting career, prior to resigning from the company. Considered to be one of the best young MCs at Amigo, TVB wished to resurrect his career amidst the mass exodus of talent in recent months.
Virginia Lok stated, “He (Amigo) has been with TVB for many years and have developed good skills. If he did not encounter earlier personal problems, his career would have been pretty good.” Apparently, Amigo had cried before Ms. Lok during the lowest point in his career, after losing all hope.
Natalie Tong expressed, “I hope he ‘adds oil’! The most important thing is to do his best, making the audience accept him once again!”
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Jayne: Hopefully, Amigo will treasure Natalie and his new job opportunities at TVB.