HNTV cited reasons such as "technical issues" as the main factor for removing the show, viewers have been compelled to believe that the flamboyant dressing had more to do with it.
Telegraph.co.uk reported that online viewers had dubbed the show as "The Saga of Squeezed Breasts." The drama is reportedly one of the most expensive Chinese TV shows produced at £30 million (S$61.71 million).
Censorship board firmly banned any depictions of "one-night stands, adultery, sexual abuse, rape, polyamory, necrophilia, prostitution, nudity and masturbation, as well as murder, suicide, drug use, gambling and even racy subtitles and puns".
This was announced as a new set of regulations in November, reported Shanghaiist.com.
However, for the show to portray Wu Zetian's bloody legacy as a monarch, it would have been challenging to avoid these curbs since the empress was remembered for her voracious sexual appetite and for murdering her siblings and baby.
Starring Fan Bingbing, Janine Chang and Kathy Chow, Empress of China broke premiere TV ratings since it was broadcasted on 21 December, 2014, reports Asian Pop News.
However, it was also reported that China Hunan Tv suddenly halted the drama series and cited "technical issues" as the reason for taking the drama off air for three days.
Many have speculated that the real reason for doing so was instead due to the sexy costumes worn by the actress.
Rumours are rife that Chinese broadcasting authorities have requested that the production crew re-edit the scenes before telecasting the drama again.
A source has also said that the production team is now trying to digitally "shrink" the bustline of the actresses.
Empress of China is based on the story of Empress Wu Zetian, who is played by Fan Bingbing.