Online spat between ex-DJ Glenn Ong and producer Nicholas Lee over criticism of TV show 2025

An online spat between former radio DJ Glenn Ong (left) and TV producer Nicholas Lee has been making its rounds in cyberspace. -- PHOTOS: NICHOLAS LEE/INSTAGRAM, MEDIACORP RADIO
An online spat between former radio DJ Glenn Ong (left) and TV producer Nicholas Lee has been making its rounds in cyberspace. -- PHOTOS: NICHOLAS LEE/INSTAGRAM, MEDIACORP RADIO

SINGAPORE - An online spat between former radio DJ Glenn Ong and TV producer Nicholas Lee has been making its rounds in cyberspace.

It started with Ong, who is now a director at hospitality consulting firm CIR VIS, disparaging Channel 5 series 2025 on Twitter.

The science fiction docu-drama, which airs at 9.30pm on Saturdays, is produced by Lee's TV production company XXX Studios.

"Anyone watching 2025 on Ch5? I officially declare it the worst local drama series of all time! At least VR man was funny!" Ong wrote on Twitter on Feb 14.

VR Man is a widely-panned 1998 superhero drama starring James Lye.

Shane Mardjuki, who plays David Tay in the show, responded cheekily: "Don't act like you won't be first in line to buy my action figure when it drops."

But Ong's criticism didn't go down well with Lee, who is best known for playing Ronnie in popular 1990s sitcom Under One Roof.

Ong, 45, posted his exchange with Mardjuki on Instagram, where Lee, 49,  commented: "Spends his entire career talking c***. Even after quitting still talks s***."

Ong then tore into Lee for not being able to take the criticism of the show, ending with "now we are complete strangers".

On Feb 16, Ong continued the flap with a mock apology on Twitter: "I apologise to 'Nicholas Lee is Ronnie', for not liking his TV show 2025. #willprobablywinanasiantvawardanyway."

Ong told The Straits Times on Feb 17: "The show honestly is just so bad on so many levels I really don't know where to begin. Besides, as long as Nicholas Lee and his friends love it and find it watchable that's the most important thing. Who cares about what us viewers think right? It's local, so must support no matter what!? Nope, not me. Sorry!"

When contacted, Lee said: "The show represents the collective efforts of over 200 Singaporeans over 14 months under very challenging circumstances. For Glenn to disrespect their efforts with a dismissive comment on social media reflects his shallow, ignorant, judgemental and self-centred personality... If you don't like the show, just shut the f*** up and change the channel. That's what I used to do when he was on radio."