Barbie Hsu recently made her first television comeback after giving birth more than a year ago when she filled in for her sister Dee Hsu as one half of the hosts of Kangsi Coming. It can be recalled that her sister was currently on the sideline due to an alleged cycling injury she was involved in last month.
However, Barbie’s comeback can only be described as somewhat lukewarm when she failed to rise up to people’s expectations. In the show’s last two episodes, it was Kevin Tsai who commanded the entire program. She just sat there beside him most of the time, and only managed to utter just two words in the latest episode. The viewers also noted how she hardly smiled at all, looking almost gloomy in the entire show. Her fans were a little disappointed as she seemed to have lost her spunk and sharpness when it comes to hosting a show. Her unimpressive performance was reflected in the latest show’s ratings when it dipped down to 0.665 from a previous average of 0.736 when Dee was still one of the hosts.
In Barbie’s defense, the show’s producer stated the reason she couldn’t get her two cents in was because of her unfamiliarity with the show’s topics and format. Nonetheless, he assured they were quite satisfied with her performance.
On the other hand, her manager said that her lackluster performance also has something to do with the self-confidence she’s yet to gain back. Apparently, the 38-year old mother of one is not yet satisfied with the amount of weight she lost, thus making her feel a little awkward in front of the cameras. Her manager promised that she will do better in the next episodes to come. But if the circulating rumors were true, there might not be a next episode for her. Allegedly, Taiwanese actress Xie Lin just filled in for her in the latest upcoming episode of Kangsi Coming, and by next week, Dee is going to return full time as one of the show’s hosts.
With Barbie’s current subdued attitude and lost of bravado, her husband’s true financial worth is again put into question. Since the freezing of the properties of Wang Xiao Fei’s mother Zhang Lan earlier this year, the Wang family seemed to have fallen out of grace from the wealthy families of China. Just last month, the only child of Barbie and Xiao Fei quietly celebrated her first year birthday at their home in Taiwan with less fanfare, and only their close family members in attendance. It was a complete opposite to the ostentatious 100th day-old birthday celebration they threw on her behalf last year in their multi-million dollar home in Beijing, where they even invited the who’s who in the world of corporate business and entertainment industry. They even chartered a private plane that flew them back and forth to Taiwan and Beijing since their daughter was still too young then to travel on a commercial flight.
The high profile couple explained that for their daughter’s first year birthday, they wanted to do something different but meaningful, which was why they decided to donate money to a good charity for children in her name instead. It does sound quite noble, and just as impressive as throwing a lavish birthday celebration without actually spending as much. But it’s also a very clever way for them to cover up for the embarrassment that they can no longer afford such an extravagant birthday party for their only child, nor that none of their wealthy former friends and associates could be bothered to attend anymore.
Despite the current setback of her husband and her mother-in-law, Barbie insisted they all have their own money and it has never been a problem for them.
I don’t think that Zhang Lan and Xiao Fei have totally lost control of all their finances. Maybe just a little portion, but definitely not all. The Wang family’s alleged net worth is roughly close to three billion yuan. I’m sure they’re not that stupid nor crazy to invest all that money in just one asset.
Looking on the bright side, if ever Xiao Fei and his mother are indeed almost thisclose to bankruptcy, then at least Barbie will now have her chance to finally prove to her detractors that she did not marry her husband solely for his money. He still has his personality. And he’s not bad looking either.