Enraged Felix Wong left TVB over pitiful $80 raise

4 April 2013 / 3 years 6 months ago

Veteran actor Felix Wong told iCable talk show Star Chatroom that a paltry HK$500 (about $80) raise was the last straw that made him quit TVB.Felix's three years saw punishing schedules that saw him work day and night. When he was diagnosed with hepatitis, it was the only time he had the opportunity to get a longer break -- 18 days. All of TVB's 'Five Tigers': Felix, Andy Lau, Tony Leung, Michael Miu and Kent Tong had all left to work elsewhere, except for Felix, who stayed with TVB and continued to shoot. He said that during that period, he was saddled with bills for his house and car, so he stayed on because of the job security.Unfortunately when he tried to get a raise during his discussion with TVB on the contract renewal, they could not come to an agreement. Feeling disheartened, he decided to leave. Felix's unforgettable moment was the cold comment TVB made to him: "You didn't really have good performances in the past few years, so you don't deserve to get that much of a raise." Felix said that though he hadn't had many achievements, his hard work should count for something. He had put his life into acting and the ratings for his series did pretty well too.TVB finally said that they would give him a HK$500 raise on condition that he had to renew his contract for five more years.Felix's reaction: He slammed the table with his hand and said "forget it, don't give the raise, I don't even want a penny. Three years later when my contract ends, I'm leaving." Felix disclosed when he left TVB in the 90s, his monthly salary was around HK$10,000. He later signed a 'per series' contract with ATV and they paid well. When TVB wanted to bring Felix back, he told them flatly that he already had a contract with ATV.

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