Wong He Thanks TVB for Waking Him Up
In a recent interview for i-Cable’s Star Chatroom <星級會客室>, former TVB actor Wong He (王喜) confessed that Stephen Chan (陳志雲) was “absolutely” the reason behind TVB’s disinterest in renewing Wong He’s management contract back in 2011. That year Stephen Chan, TVB’s former general manager, was embroiled in a corruption scandal, and while most TVB artists chose to break ties with Stephen, only Wong He stayed firmly by Stephen’s side, proving his loyalty.
Loyalties divided, TVB asked Wong He to pay a fee for early contract termination. Wong He officially ended his 16-year relationship with TVB on September 28, 2011, and was reportedly treated coldly on his last day.
Wong He’s high profile support for Stephen Chan received great media coverage, and some reports went off to claim that Stephen and Wong He were a pair of intimate partners as close as family. Wong He expressed that he does not regret his decision in supporting Wong He, stressing their strong bond and friendship. He added that after reading a report about Stephen’s legal situation, he once considered selling one of his estates in order to help pay for Stephen’s lengthy lawsuit, but was grateful for hear that he did not need to do that in the end.
Currently busying himself with filming television dramas in the mainland, Wong He jokingly thanked TVB for refusing to renew his contract. He described TVB’s gesture as an alarm clock which woke him up from a deep, ignorant slumber. “It forced me to go out and test my limits,” said Wong He.
After a year of working in Mainland, Wong He said he had already saved enough money to purchase another estate. He said, “I could only film one drama per year at TVB and the remunerations were separated into monthly payments. My highest monthly salary was only at $13,500 HKD. How could I save enough to buy a house with that?” He also revealed that there was a period of time when his mother would indirectly ask him questions if he needed economic help. “Having to make my mother worry for me… I feel like a bad son,” he said.
Thanks to Wong He’s good friend Kingdom Yuen (苑瓊丹), Wong He was able to obtain more performance opportunities. Receiving over a million RMB for his show performances in one year, Wong He expressed that he now has a stable income. “My family can rest and be at peace now,” he said.
Source: Ming Pao
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.