(Above) Both Miss Hong Kong winners, Crystal has lost favour to Sabina.
Winner of 2016 Miss Hong Kong pageant, 27-year-old Crystal Fung (馮盈盈) had been heavily promoted by TVB after signing on, and received much limelight along with numerous opportunities given to her across dramas, variety shows and large-scale events.
The newbie actress even clinched the “Most Improved Female Artiste” award in the TVB Ceremony Awards 2018, for her first onscreen role in Apple Colada <果欄中的江湖大嫂>. She appeared well-poised for a smooth-sailing career until recently, when talk arose that Crystal has allegedly been frozen by management for committing “three offenses” – which explains why she has not been seen onscreen recently, on top of likely being axed from the upcoming sequel of Sinister Beings <逆天奇案>.
#1. Romance Over Career
Alleged to be dating host Leonard Cheng (鄭衍峰) in 2020, Crystal was eager to go public with her underground romance but faced strong opposition from TVB. This has caused tension between both parties.
#2. Jumping On the Crypto Bandwagon
Starting her foray into the NFT market, Crystal recently released her own line of exclusively designed crystal brackets and traded her items using Ethereum. Given that virtual currencies and related commercial activities are illegal and prohibited in mainland China; plus the fact that the Chinese market is a key focus for TVB, Crystal is thus playing with fire.
#3. Stubbornly Defiant
Crystal has always hired a personal assistant to manage various tasks, but this assistant has been rumored to be behaving inappropriately during events on top of showing greed for small gains. TVB has strongly advised Crystal to dismiss this assistant multiple times to prevent her own reputation from being tarnished, but this advice has fallen on deaf ears.
At the same time, TVB management was also keen to promote Miss Hong Kong 2021 winner Sabina Mendes Sung (宋宛穎), as they surmised that Sabina was comparable to Crystal on all fronts, and could potentially replace the latter. All the above factors led to Crystal being frozen by the station with her workload drastically reduced.