Jiang Lili had originally wanted to sign a contract for the full season of episodes in order to ensure steady work and to protect against Ruan Tian being replaced in the middle, but now she was a little glad she hadn’t managed to secure that. Back then, maybe because the program group had felt that Ruan Tian wasn’t popular enough so they had been keeping an eye out for a ‘better’ star, they had brought Ruan Tian on as a guest but had refused to sign her on for the whole season and insisted on only signing her on an episode by episode basis.
However, now that ‘Destined Immortals’ was beginning filming ahead of schedule, the TV station’s stingy behavior turned out not to be a bad thing for them.
This way they could avoid offending either side.
When Ruan Tian heard that she didn’t need to breach her contract or pay out a large sum in liquidated damages, it was as if a big stone in her heart was gently set down. She sniffled and then said nasally, “I see, that’s good then. I’m going to bed now.”
Whenever Ruan Tian caught a cold, she would feel drained and fatigued, so she ended up sleeping at home until the next day. When she woke up, her nose had cleared up, but she still had a slight cough and a headache.
Meanwhile, when the program group found out that Ruan Tian was planning to quit, they immediately first called her agent, Jiang Lili, to ask what was going on. Jiang Lili had been expecting this call, so she concisely explained that Ruan Tian was leaving to begin filming for another project.
The director really wanted Ruan Tian to stay, so he began plying her with all sorts of kind words: “Her filming another project won’t delay her from recording our variety show as well, right?”
Weren’t many popular stars doing that these days? How much time did it take to shoot a variety show?
Jiang Lili said apologetically: “Sorry director, TianTian doesn’t like to work on too many things at once.”
The director suddenly wished he had just signed a contract for the whole season from the beginning! But, after thinking about it, he found that he could only blame himself for this matter. Back then he had really been planning to replace Ruan Tian midway with someone else, so he had only agreed to sign her on an episode-by-episode basis. Now it seemed that he had lifted a rock and smashed his own foot with it.
However, the director didn’t quite give up yet, so he and Jiang Lili circled around a few times. But until the end, her stance was firm: Ruan Tian just couldn’t record.
After a while, the director had no choice but to give up. But soon after that, the big leader of the TV station found him. This leader had become almost superstitious by this point, and he felt that Ruan Tian had some rare talent that could definitely draw in more viewers and higher ratings, so he scolded the director and told him to call Ruan Tian directly and convince her to come back no matter what.
Thus, the director had no choice but to secretly call Ruan Tian directly.
“Teacher Ruan, you can easily both film your new project and also come record our variety show. Also, the remuneration we give you for recording can also be increased. What do you think?”
Ruan Tian, who was suddenly the one being flattered and cajoled for a change, felt a little uncomfortable for a moment. After pondering for a while, she replied, “Director, I’m afraid I won’t be able to ask for leave to record your show after I’ve started filming this time.”
The director snorted. Who said that?! Who, huh? Nowadays there were many stars who would take time off from filming to record a variety show or two!
Thus, he smiled and continued saying sweet words, “Teacher Ruan, the crew of our show and the leader in our station are all very optimistic about you, do you think you could reconsider?”
“Director, I’m really sorry I don’t think I can. But I will definitely come back to record a show for you if I have a chance in the future.”
Director: I don’t want you to come record in the future! I want you to come now!
However, every time Ruan Tian began filming for a new project, the thing she liked doing least of all was asking for leave. She felt that if she asked for leave to go record an episode of the variety show, it would definitely affect her state of mind and impact the filming. She didn’t want to try to spread her attention to two different things and end up doing neither of them well.
The director realized that he couldn’t persuade her, so he sadly had to give up the idea, “Well, let’s just leave it at that. Next time you have time you have to come to my show, okay?”
Sigh, this was four million live viewers all going away! Really not the kind of heat an ordinary small star could drum up.
It wasn’t easy to find someone who could make each episode so interesting for the viewers!
Although, at first, the director had only brought Ruan Tian on board out of a selfish desire to capitalize on the heat surrounding her and Xu Jing, now he really couldn’t bear to see her leave.
She was a good kid.
Always very polite to everyone in the program group, always independent and not hypocritical, never acted pretentious, and also had real skills!
Ah, Ruan Tuan, please come back.
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