Say what you want about showbiz, you’d know there are more things going on behind-the-scenes than you’d expected.
And one such drama happened in Singapore recently when veteran actress Jin Yinji stepped forward to “blow the whistle”.
Here’s what you need to know.
“If I have to hire you to act, I might as well get a $50-an-hour bit actor.”
It was reported on Straits Times that veteran actress, Jin Yinji was giving a farewell interview to Lianhe Zaobao when she broke down into tears.
She claimed that during the contract talks, she was asked to take a pay cut of more than two-thirds her current pay despite having three dramas on her plate.
She also claimed that during the talks, she was told, “If I have to hire you to act, I might as well hire a $50-an-hour bit player.”
After filming her last drama The Lead, she left the company.
But that’s not all because things took a strange turn.
MediaCorp Investigated, Found Insulting Comment To Be From More Than 10 Years Ago
After hearing about what she has to say, MediaCorp, of course, launched an investigation into the matter.
In an official statement, MediaCorp claimed that the hurtful remark said to her wasn’t in the contract talks last year, but “a passing comment made by someone who had no authority to discuss hiring, in a casual conversation that took place some 10 years ago”.
This, wait for it, was allegedly clarified by Jin.
In addition, MediaCorp stated that there might be some misunderstanding that led to reports of Jin’s salary cut in the last financial year.
They also said that while some artistes’ basic salary might have been decreased, the overall amount of money they get should have increased because of the number of projects undertaken.
They believed that Jin wasn’t talking about her overall compensation in the interview with Lianhe Zaobao.
It was also confirmed in the statement that Jin is looking forward to her upcoming dramas, Life Less Ordinary and My Teacher Is A Thug.
Jin could not be contacted when Straits Times reached out to her.
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