After actress Ashley Chu (朱智賢) and married actor Jackson Lai (黎振燁) were caught on a secret date together last month, both have been frozen by TVB and do not know when they will be able to return to work.
While Ashley gave a press conference to apologize for her actions, the station gave her a two-week break from her hosting entertainment news program, Scoop <東張西望> in an attempt to quell the public’s backlash. Idling at home after she completing Legal Mavericks 2 <踩過界Ⅱ> and Zombie <食腦喪B>, Ashley had wanted to resume her hosting activities but discovered that TVB does not have any concrete plans for her return. It appears that TVB is concerned for the public outrage and decided to tread carefully.
Growing restless without work for over a month, Ashley eagerly reached out to TVB to ask when she can return to Scoop. To no one’s surprise, TVB was unable to provide an answer because they are afraid that Ashley will drag down ratings. The station decided to wait a few more months before arranging her to return to work.
TVB had used a similar strategy in halting all of Jacqueline Wong‘s (黃心穎) work after her cheating scandal with Andy Hui (許志安) was exposed. At the height of the scandal, Jacqueline left Hong Kong for the United States to avoid the media, and TVB waited seven months before releasing Jacqueline’s drama Finding Her Voice <牛下女高音>.
Based on how the station had handled Jacqueline’s scandal, TVB will likely freeze Ashley for several months. Without any work for the time being, Ashley was seen going to the gym with her boyfriend Brian Tse (謝東閔) and updating her social media more frequently.
Jackson Lai Awaits Baby’s Arrival
To the dismay of many people, soon-to-be father Jackson Lai was discovered to be cheating on his wife of 15 years with Ashley Chu last month. Despite earning his wife’s forgiveness, Jackson remains on shaky ground with TVB and will likely remain jobless without pay for a lengthy amount of time.
With his wife due to have a Cesarean section in June, Jackson will focus on taking care of his family first and deal with his job issues later.
This article is written by Sammi for JayneStars.com.