Actor Auston Lam on why he left TVB: Offer 'could not even cover a month's rent'

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  • Tuesday, 30 Jun 2020

The actor said in a sarcastic social media post that the network had offered him a "heavenly gift" that could not even cover a month's rent. Photo: Photo: TVB/Brutally Young

Actor Auston Lam is the latest actor to leave TVB, joining Vivien Yeo, Selena Lee and Evergreen Mak in the list of stars who have cut ties with the Hong Kong broadcasting network.

Lam first signed onto TVB in 2009 and has acted in several dramas, including Come Home Love, Brother’s Keeper II and Brutally Young.

However, the actor’s memories of his contract are far from fond. On June 24, Lam made an Instagram post announcing his departure.

He then went on to explain why he did not renew his contract with the network: “Today, my old company proposed a renewal of our contract. Under the new terms, I am to do six shows per year, which means I would be guaranteed an annual salary of 12,000 HKD (RM6,600)! This is indeed a gift from heaven – though the amount will not even cover a month's rent, I am extremely grateful.

“I am 32 this year and I have a family to feed. May I ask how I can accept this generous present? I suppose my wife will just have to be poor with me, ” he wrote sarcastically.

多謝大家關心,今日終於正式結束同TVB+星夢嘅賓主關係! 呢十一年黎聽得咁多嘅一句說話 『你幾時出歌呀?』 呢句每次聽到 個心都那住那住痛 其實唔係唔想出 係冇得出 自己寫埋寫埋至少十幾廿首喺床下底 諗點樣蒙面出歌 諗左五年 做現實中嘅木偶哥。 舊公司向我提出轉簽6 show合約,即意思一年保證有萬二蚊收入,雖然連一個月租金都不夠,但確實有如上天恩賜,我萬二分感激! 我今年三十二 有家室,請問如何接受呢份恩賜呢? 十一年前參加比賽立志做歌手, 十一年後重新出發做獨立歌手, 會遲嗎? 要老婆陪我一齊捱窮 辛苦你了! 2020年6月24號 香港獨立歌手 — 林師傑 #alwaysAThome

A post shared by auston (@nostalgicoutlaw) on Jun 24,2020 at 12:01am PDT

Lam’s wife, Tammy Ou-Yang – who is a TVB alumni herself – also made a post directed at the network: “Since leaving TVB, I have never once spoken out about the network. Not in public, and not in private, because I did not want to be associated with them anymore. But today, I want to say something: thank you for letting my husband go. You can have your ‘present’ back; we will be just fine on our own!”

解脫 我地一齊去打工吧!

A post shared by t a m. 歐 陽 巧 瑩 (@t.a.m) on Jun 24,2020 at 12:03am PDT

In his post, Lam suggests that he might start afresh as an independent singer. While the actor did not mention any concrete plans for the future, it is apparent that he will not be re-joining TVB any time soon.

Lam and Ou-Yang are not the only actors to have come forward with horror stories about TVB. Earlier this month, Evergreen Mak also shared his own negative experiences, detailing ill-treatment at the hands of directors.

“If (the directors) feel that the company no longer values you, they will treat you as if you are less than dirt. But honestly, what else can I do? In any company, there is bound to be a hierarchy. As important as team spirit is, some people just like to play politics, ” Mak told reporters from Sing Tao.

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