When tabloids claimed Ali Lee (李佳芯) was involved in a one-year romance with millionaire Mark Chan (陳恩德), the actress quickly stated there are no chances for “future development.” When TVB stepped into the picture to help extricate Ali, this stoked Mark’s anger and he threatened to pull his multimillion-dollar advertising budget with the station.
Mark Feels Disrespected by TVB
Yesterday, Ali was originally scheduled to make an endorsement appearance at Mark’s company event regarding the launch of the world’s first pet theme park. After their romantic rumors, Mark expressed TVB made some very unreasonable requests so he told her not to come. Instead, TVB artistes Jacky Cai (蔡潔) and Joey Thye (戴祖儀) attended the event.
At the end of the event, Mark clarified, “Initially, I reached out to Ali and her manager inviting them to the event, and they agreed to come. However, TVB told me yesterday that if Ali attends the event then she will not be allowed to take photos with me. For group photos, they said that we would have to stand at a distance. I feel these requests are very disrespectful and illogical.”
He reached out to Ali privately to ask if this was her idea or TVB’s instructions. “I won’t disclose our personal conversation, but she said that it was TVB’s idea.” Emphasizing that he felt very disrespected he added, “I am someone who does not like taking photos, but during today’s event I took photos with each guest. I feel so disrespected–I give TVB over $10 million Hong Kong dollars in advertising fees every year. How has it come to this? I’ve decided to pull all of my advertising. I think [TVB executive] Virginia Lok (樂易玲) owes me an explanation.”
A member of his executive team expressed that they have already sent a letter to TVB, and hope to reach a resolution.
Continues to Protect Ali
Mark continued to be reluctant to clarify his relationship with Ali, but still regards her favorably. “I only responded to the earlier issue, because it is related to work. I don’t want to talk about other personal matters. At the end of the day Ali is a good person, and I don’t want to hurt her no matter what she says. On my end, she is still my good friend. Since she could not attend, I will still give her the gifts from the event today. However, I will not be paying the fees, because it doesn’t go to her but rather TVB.”
Ms. Lok’s Response
As the controversy escalated, Ms. Lok replied to press inquiries. “Many TVB artistes attended the event, and it was very lively. TVB has always maintained a good relationship with our advertising clients. As for activities outside of TVB’s work, protecting and respecting an artiste’s wishes are the basic responsibilities of management.”
This article is written by Kiki for JayneStars.com.