Wednesday 24 May 2017

Revealed: How much the stars of Gogglebox UK are paid

Gogglebox's Steph and Dom
Gogglebox's Steph and Dom
Scarlett Moffatt on I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here. Image: UTV Ireland

Adam Boult

The Gogglebox stars' wages have been revealed.

An unidentified source has revealed how much the families who appear on Gogglebox are paid to take part in the show, the Sun reports.

According to the insider, each Gogglebox family receives €1,700 (£1,500) each month, to be split between them. In return they're obliged to spend 12 hours a week filming the show, in two six-hour stints.

On top of their earnings, each family also gets a takeaway meal provided for them during the filming sessions.

In 2014 reports claimed that the show's future was in jeopardy as the cast were displeased with their low wages - said to be €17 (£15) a night.

The following year Gogglebox star Dom Parker spoke to the Telegraph's Lorraine McBride about the issue, and specifically the €17 figure, saying: "I’m not sure that’s an accurate figure but it’s not far off. It’s a fact that because it comes through C4’s factual department, they have zero budget."

Asked if he thought he should be in for a pay rise after Gogglebox won a Bafta, Dom said: "Not really, because it’s still early doors and we can be kicked off the show in 15 minutes."

"The power lies in the hands of the show. If we turned round and said: 'Now we’re famous, we want £100m or we’re not turning up!' they'd say, 'Well don’t turn up then!'”

Scarlett Moffatt on I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here. Image: UTV Ireland
Scarlett Moffatt on I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here. Image: UTV Ireland

Scarlett Moffatt, another Gogglebox star who is currently appearing on I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, told her fellow contestants earlier this week that her fame has allowed her to pay off her parents' mortgage.

Asked how it had made her feel, she said: "Oh it was the best. I just wrote them a letter and said, thanks for being mint, and sorry for leaving fake tan all over the house, and then I put a cheque in for them.”

Telegraph.co.uk

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