As the new host of Channel 5’s reality show RenovAID, MediaCorp actress Paige Chua, 31, was asked by the producers to stay overnight at the homes of underprivileged families they were trying to help.
The show, which airs at 9pm on Tuesdays and is into its fourth season, helps needy families renovate their homes, in the hope of helping them improve their lives.
It runs for eight episodes and features four families.
“The producers wanted me to experience what the family members are going through, and tell it to the audience,‘ she said.
The New Paper reported that Chua went to the three-room flat of Ms Joanne Ong, a single mother of three, who was featured in the first two episodes.
But, as an outsider, Chua ended up feeling uncomfortable.
Chua also saw that the family was uncomfortable on camera.
After Chua raised her concerns with the producers, they decided to drop this segment for subsequent episodes.
Chua said she was aware that the producers were trying to “create dramatic effect‘, but she felt a line had to be drawn.