Godfrey Gao fans outraged at ‘cold-hearted’ TV execs

Compiled by ALLISON LAI and C. ARUNO

AN alleged WeChat conversation among executives of a TV station, expressing their views on the death of Taiwan-born Canadian model-actor Godfrey Gao, has caused outrage among his fans.

A screengrab of the supposed exchange surfaced on cyberspace, showing one head of department allegedly saying that Gao had caused them much trouble, China Press reported.

“Our head of department said something outrageous the other day. He said Gao had not done much and yet died on us, and right now causing us so much trouble, ” one of the executives supposedly said.

Gao, 35, died last week after collapsing at the set of the reality show.

The alleged conversation had led to criticisms against the Zhejiang Television with netizens accusing it of seeing actors only as money-making tools.

> There is apparently a list of “problematic” celebrities from Chinese showbusiness banned from appearing on air to curb “unhealthy trends and culture”, Sin Chew Daily reported.

This would include those who are involved in bribery, go against the spirit of their contract and arbitrarily rewrite scripts.

Citing a proposal leaked by entertainment site Yu Li, three online media platforms and six TV stations, are planning to keep a lid on such practices among actors.

Though the list of the blacklisted celebrities has yet to be revealed, it is common knowledge that superstar Fan Bingbing had faced a media blackout for her tax evasion scandal.

The above article is compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with this ' >'sign, it denotes a separate news item.

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