Why Did Chèrie Chan and Jessey Lee Quit Bling Empire?

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MAY 17: In this image released on May 17, Cherie Chan and Jessey Lee attend the 2021 MTV Movie & TV Awards: UNSCRIPTED in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/2021 MTV Movie and TV Awards/Getty Images for MTV/ViacomCBS)

Netflix’s “Bling Empire” is back for season two with its all-star cast — which includes Christine Chiu, Kim Lee, Kevin Kreider, Kane Lim, Jamie Xie, Kelly Mi Li, and Anna Shay. However, viewers may notice that two of its series regulars are noticeably absent from this season. That’s right, Chèrie Chan and Jessey Lee are no longer a part of the reality TV series.

In July of last year, TMZ reported that the couple decided to exit “Bling Empire” after shooting a handful of scenes for season two. “We just thought it was time for us to move on and focus on our family, our businesses,” Lee later explained to E’s Daily Pop.

Despite the scenes Chan and Lee filmed for season two, many of them didn’t make the final cut. Lee isn’t featured at all this season, and Chan is only present during episodes two and three. However, rumors about their relationship and Lee’s past are a large focus of the first half of the season.

The couple’s departure came just six months after the season one finale aired Chan’s marriage proposal to Lee. Since then, the couple got engaged a second time after Lee pulled off an elaborate Paris proposal in August at the Jacquemart-André Museum. According to People, Lee said he “wanted to propose to Chérie on multiple occasions,” but the “timing wasn’t right.” Instead, he decided to stage his romantic gesture after two tries at proposing in the Maldives when Chan was still “extremely pregnant” and during a family trip to Tokyo.

After two engagements, Chan and Lee finally tied the knot in a secret ceremony in February at the Château de Saran castle in Champagne, France. The pair only had eight guests in attendance due to COVID restrictions, but told People that they intend to have a bigger wedding at a later date so both their families can be present.

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