Despite her impressive résumé, Maggie Cheung Ho Yee (張可頤) is reportedly having a tough time landing jobs after burning bridges with former employer TVB. Once a respected TV Queen, Maggie has now resorted to hosting a variety program alongside a cast of unknown actors.
Although TVB made Maggie a household name, the 45-year-old chose to leave the company after her contract expired in 2012. She immediately signed with Ricky Wong‘s (王維基) HKTV and was marketed as the new station’s top sister. She was given a starring role in big-budget series Hakka Women <客家女人>, though the drama still has no air date due to HKTV’s on-going TV licensing conflicts. After the Hong Kong government rejected HKTV’s initial free-to-air license application in 2013, Maggie decided to not renew her contract and has remained a free agent ever since.
While she has expressed interest in returning to TVB, rumors alleged that her diva demands had angered executives and landed her on the dreaded internal blacklist. Shunned by the TV industry’s biggest player, Maggie is now having trouble earning enough income to cover mortgage on her $6 million HKD residence. Although there were offers from Mainland, she has rarely appeared locally since her stint at HKTV.
No longer attracting top offers, Maggie is now forced to return to the bottom rung of the entertainment ladder. This April, she accepted a job with i-Cable to host a program that showcases Hong Kong’s historic buildings. Partnered up with the station’s lesser-known artistes, Maggie’s new show has little hope of ever attracting mainstream interest. Also, i-Cable may have written the show off, making nearly no effort at all to promote the program.
This article is written by Katrine for JayneStars.com.