SHANGHAI • Zhejiang Tv has cancelled its Chase Me actuality present within the wake of Godfrey Gao’s dying.
The Taiwan-born Canadian model-actor died on Nov 27 in Ningbo, China. He was then tackling a run within the present that poses challenges to individuals.
His physique is now again in Taiwan for a funeral on Dec 15.
Qianjiang Night Information quoted Mr Lin Chong, director of Zhejiang Tv, as saying: “We now have been immersed in grief and regret after the incident.
“We’re deeply sorry to Gao, to his dad and mum, and to all of the individuals who love him.”
Gao, 35, was given medical assist onsite earlier than he was rushed to hospital the place he died of cardiac arrest.
He apparently was not assured of being as much as the challenges within the present earlier than capturing started.
His hairstylist Kim Huang, in an internet publish, mentioned he advised Gao he may do it as a result of he had thought Gao was bodily match since he lifted weights and performed basketball.
Gao’s company mentioned he had the flu in the course of the filming of Chase Me.
After he died, netizens puzzled if Chinese language actuality reveals, which compete to achieve rankings with action-packed components, are subjecting individuals to an excessive amount of dangers.
There was additionally an uproar when screenshots – allegedly monitoring communication amongst Zhejiang Tv workers over Gao’s collapse – surfaced on-line.
Netizens blasted the insensitive feedback which questioned his health and stories that indicated the contract he signed absolved the broadcaster from any blame.
Netizens additionally fumed over information that claimed a participant in a earlier Chase Me episode was about to abseil down a 70m platform when a crew member discovered his security harness was not connected.
Taiwan tv host Jacky Wu, 57, has criticised the hyper-competitive nature of actuality reveals.
With out naming the Chinese language programme he was in, he mentioned he was requested to climb 1000’s of steps.
He later had a dialogue with the producers in regards to the extreme calls for, reported Taiwan Information.
However with the reveals proving a useful platform, particularly for newcomers to achieve publicity, Wu warned that they have to know their bodily limits and never be reckless.
The host additionally pointed fingers at South Korea, the place producers have made a splash with actuality reveals and licensed their ideas to others in Asia.