Alan Wan Says He Was Fired From His First Job At TVB Because People Complained About His “Sexy” Clothes
When Chinese-American actor and former Mr. Hongkong contestant Alan Wan left TVB late last year, he did what seems to be the “in” thing among celebrities these days: he started his own YouTube channel.
In his first video, which was uploaded about four months ago, he looked back on his decade-long career with the broadcaster and thanked them for all the numerous opportunities they gave him, all the while squatting in front of what looks like an HDB block here in Singapore, where he is currently based.
The 33-year-old also claimed he was fired from his first job with them as a weatherman because… “I was apparently too sexy, I guess?”
“I would wear these shirts and they’d be like, opened down to the middle of my chest, and I would like, roll up my sleeves and they were like, ‘What kind of weatherman does that?’ And I’m like, ‘The best weatherman!’ And then they fired me,” he recalled dramatically in his clip, which was self-filmed while wandering down a street in Singapore (the Supreme Court building is easily recognisable behind him).
However, that was not the end of his relationship with TVB, and he went on to establish himself as a successful food and travel show host.
In a recent interview with Hongkong media, Alan shared that during his time as a “sexy” weather reporter, sometimes he would pick his own clothes, and sometimes the company’s stylists would pick them for him.
“At that time, some people began to complain that my shirt was too low cut and about me folding my sleeves,” he said. “I wasn’t officially fired; I was just told to follow the rules. But everything was good between me and TVB, and I was eventually assigned to film food and travel programmes.”
If anyone thinks his weatherman attire is too revealing, wait until they see his outfits — or lack thereof — when he was a Mr. Hongkong contestant in 2008. Despite having to be half-naked in front of the camera a lot, Alan said that participating in the pageant left him with a lot of fond memories.
“It was during the competition that I realised that I wanted to be an actor, and I also made a lot of friends for life.” The New York native added that he had to start learning Cantonese, which helped open more doors for him and exposed him to Asian culture.
After his contract with TVB expired, Alan packed up and moved here, where he’s picked up a steady stream of projects. Ch 5’s Faculty marked his very first English-language role in 2017, and he went on to appear in meWATCH (then still Toggle) Original shows Senior Management and Last Madame (no bedroom scenes involving him, sorry). His latest Mediacorp drama Love by Numbers is now airing on Ch 5 and meWATCH.
However, Alan said that he has not forgotten about his Hongkong fans. “Those who miss watching my food and travel shows can see what I’ve been up to on my YouTube channel.”