Lately there have been viral rumors over TVB actress, Ali Lee (李佳芯), being frozen by the company. It’s reportedly due to her past social media posts about the current political situation in Hong Kong. Netizens accused of her of being a “Hong Kong independence” supporter based on her past activity on social media, which has resulted in a lot of mainland Chinese netizens chastising and threatening to boycott her. Ali Lee had already clarified her stance on Weibo and IG saying, “Any allegations regarding to “Hong Kong independence”, these words have never appeared in my brain or mind before. Never before and definitely not now.” There were netizens who came out to support her after she made the post.
As it seemed things settled down after Ali Lee’s clarification, there are now rumors stating TVB has temporarily taken her series with Wayne Lai (黎耀祥) and Moses Chan (陳豪), “Death By Zero” (殺手), off the schedule. On the temporary suspension of their series, Wayne Lai expresses he doesn’t know when the series will air, just that the licensing rights were sold to a Chinese streaming service and will air at the same time.
There are also rumors Ali Lee will be replaced in “Who Wants A Baby? 2” (BB來了2) and “Legal Mavericks 2” (踩過界2) with a new character and storyline. Ali Lee’s co-star in “Who Wants A Baby? 2”, Lokyi Lai (黎諾懿) expressed, “Because both series have scheduling conflicts, filming is postponed to next February.” As for whether Ali Lee’s character is being replaced, Lokyi Lai expresses he hasn’t heard about it.
On the rumors of her being frozen, Ali Lee responded to Oriental Daily News saying she heard about the schedule changes, but isn’t sure why they’re being postponed and whether there will be a change in characters. She expresses, “From what you’re saying, that means I am being frozen. But I am still filming “Amelia’s Rhapsody” (愛美麗狂想曲) right now. If I was really frozen, I wouldn’t be filming right now. I don’t think it’s the case. It can be that we filmed a series and it won’t air.” When asked if this was related to her earlier social media posts, she said, “I don’t think so because I didn’t get into any yelling matches with anyone.”
Ali Lee also expressed she can’t think too much about this and will focus on work. She also says she can’t control how the company will handle it, but knows they have a plan and will respect their decisions.