Wang Yibo (王一博) and Zanilia Zhao Liying (趙麗穎) were rumored to be collaborating again in new Chinese office drama Wild Bloom <野蠻生長>. Due to fervent fan protests, the production crew decided it is best to avoid controversy and cast a different actor for the male lead instead.
Wild Bloom would have been Yibo and Liying’s second collaboration after wuxia drama Legend of Fei <有翡>. Their fans were very upset at the news and got into heated arguments, with Liying’s fans accusing Wang Yibo of being a poor actor and of bad character, spreading toxicity and cyberbullying across the Internet. This caused China’s National Radio and Television Administration (NRTA) to intervene, suspending thousands of fan accounts including Zhao Liying’s official fanclub on Weibo.
After the controversy, Wang Yibo was removed from the cast of Wild Bloom. Yesterday, it was officially announced that the male lead would be Ou Hao (歐豪), who was a part of The Battle of Lake Changjin <長津湖> and My Country, My Parents <我和我的父輩>. Liying will continue to be the female lead.
In addition, Wang Yibo’s image has been under attack recently with a rumor circulating that he was being sued for fraud. His workshop immediately clarified that the rumored defendant of the case was someone that had the same name. They also asked netizens to be rational and to not carelessly create rumors.
This article is written by Kiki for JayneStars.com.