The past few months have been very exciting in the world of reality television, as BBC was made to reveal they pay an exuberant salary of £450,000+ to their onscreen stars. There was a lot of chatter about just how much money, £75m to be exact, channel 4 paid to poach the “Bake Off” from the BBC network.
Many were unhappy about the move, and while BBC conceded it could not match the offer from Channel 4, they will be buoyed up with the news that Mel, Sue, and Mary Berry have decided to remain loyal to their original employers. Channel 4 could soon be sweating over the money they’ve spent, after many fans vowed to switch off and never tune in again. £75m down the drain? Only time will tell.
Starting with the show that sees celebrities flown out to a jungle, ITV was initially cagey about how much they spent on their superstars, but later revealed salary packages ranging from £70,000 – £300,000 per annum!
Not only that the celebrities were allowed to make large donations to a charity of their choice, had their tickets to and from the jungle paid for, and received bonuses.
While the total costs remain unknown, what is certain is that Aunt Bessies was charged an incredible £6,000,000 for a three year sponsorship deal!
Celebrity Big Brother
While the show sees 14 celebrities and a whole host of other staff involved, Channel 5’s spending is markedly more reserved than that of ITV. The total sponsorship deal comes out to roughly £2,500,000.
The salary packages range from £12,000 to £150,000, the latter of which was controversially offered to Christopher Biggins, who was later kicked out of the show for inflammatory comments.
The revealed packages are:
Christopher Biggins (actor) – £150,000
Samantha Fox (glamour model) – £110,000
Grant Bovey (Anthea Turner’s ex spouse) – £100,000
Lewis Bloor (Reality TV) – £50,000
Heavy D (Reality TV) – £15,000
Stephen Bear (Reality TV) – £12,000
Strictly Come Dancing
The BBC was the only broadcaster of the three to disclose the entire pay structure for their programme, and have the lowest bill at £800,000.
All celebrities start out with a basic pay of £25,000, that increases to £40,000 for the next round, £60,000 for reaching the quarterfinals, £75,000 for the semifinals, and a grand £100,000 (plus the trophy) for the winner!
The breakdown for the show and the other two is given in the infographic below. What are your thoughts on the jaw dropping packages being paid to the reality stars? Read up more on the reveal here.
Liza Minnelli’s ex-husband, David Gest, has died in a London hotel aged 62, a statement from his friend Imad Handi says.
The entertainer, producer and reality TV star died at the Four Seasons hotel in Canary Wharf.
David Gest’s friend and ex-bodyguard Imad Handi confirmed the news in a statement.
The entertainer had planned to tour the UK in July with his latest show, called the David Gest Is Not Dead But Alive With Soul Tour!
Several singers were due to appear on the tour, including Dina Carroll and Freda Payne.
The show was named after the mix-up on this year’s Celebrity Big Brother, when Angie Bowie informed Tiffany Pollard that David – meaning her ex-husband Bowie – had died during their time on the reality show. Tiffany Pollard broke down in tears believing David Gest, who was ill in bed at the time, had died.
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David Gest stayed in the Celebrity Big Brother house for 13 days but left the series on medical grounds.
In 2007 he was admitted to hospital with chest pains and respiratory problems.
One of the biggest successes during his career was producing the highest-rated special in US music history – 2001’s Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration.
David Gest was perhaps best known for his marriage to Liza Minnelli. They were married in 2002 and officially divorced in 2007. He was also a childhood friend of Michael Jackson and his brother Tito.
His name-dropping anecdotes and raucous tales of showbiz friendships during his appearances on reality TV shows won him legions of fans in the UK.
David Gest finished fourth in ITV’s I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here in 2006, and later became a judge on talent show Grease Is The Word.
In 2011, Cliff Richard worked with David Gest on his album Soulicious.
David Gest helped develop the concept of the album, which saw Cliff Richard collaborate with soul singers including Roberta Flack and Candi Staton. He later produced and directed the Soulicious tour.
Imad Handi, who confirmed the news of David Gest’s death, described him as a “huge talent”.
“David was truly larger than life. He was not just a huge talent and a dear friend but a showbiz icon.
“I know he will be missed by millions of fans around the world, and particularly in Britain, who came to love his charm and blistering one-liners.”
A Metropolitan Police statement said: “Police were called at 10:17 on Tuesday 12 April to the Four Seasons hotel, in Westferry Circus to reports of an unexplained death of a man in his 60s.
“London Ambulance Service were called to the scene. Life was pronounced extinct at the hotel. A post-mortem will be held in due course. Next of kin are in the process of being informed.”
Police have said there appear to be no suspicious circumstances.
David Gest was born on May 11, 1953, in Los Angeles, California. He worked as a music video and TV producer.
He released an autobiography, titled Simply The Gest, in 2007.
David Gest’s appearance often hit the headlines, and he said having cosmetic surgery was his “biggest regret”.
For the last few years of his life David Gest lived in York – shying away from his former lifestyle in LA.
David Gest married actress and singer Judy Garland’s daughter Liza Minnelli in 2002 in a star-studded wedding at New York’s St Regis hotel.
The couple’s 300 guests included Michael Jackson, Joan Collins and Martine McCutcheon.
Michael Jackson was the best man at the ceremony, arriving with matron of honor Elizabeth Taylor and Diana Ross.
His brothers Tito, Marlon, Randy and Jackie were among the groomsmen.
Martine McCutcheon, together with actresses Mia Farrow and Janet Leigh and singer Petula Clark, was a bridesmaid at the ceremony.
David Gest and Liza Minnelli announced their separation a year later and divorced in 2007 when their lawyers filed court papers saying they had settled their differences and agreed to get divorced without fault.
Alexander O’Neal has quit the UK’s Celebrity Big Brother show.
The soul singer is the third contestant to leave outside the house’s usual elimination process.
Alexander O’Neal had been given a formal warning by producers on January 17 for using homophobic language aimed at celebrity blogger Perez Hilton.
Although he apologized, the singer has now opted to leave the house.
Jeremy Jackson and Ken Morley were previously removed from the house over their behavior.
Alexander O’Neal’s departure follows a dispute between him and Perez Hilton, in which the singer accused his housemate of deliberately provoking him.
A short message from Alexander O’Neal was read to those remaining in the Big Brother house, which read: “To all my housemates, I’ve had a great experience with you guys and I have mad love for almost all of you.
“I want you guys not to be sad that I’m leaving and to not let my departure interrupt your experience.”
Baywatch star Jeremy Jackson was thrown off the show after pulling open another contestant’s dressing gown, exposing her. He later received a police caution for common assault.
Former Coronation Street actor Ken Morley was removed from the house for using racist language while in conversation with Alexander O’Neal.
Speaking after his dismissal, Ken Morley accepted he had used “an outdated expression”, but denied he was racist.
Model Chloe Goodman, who was involved in the incident with Jeremy Jackson, is so far the only contestant to be evicted by public vote, leaving the house on January 16.
Speaking to The Sun on Sunday about Alexander O’Neal, Chloe Goodman said: “He’s a lovely man, but he isn’t comfortable. He hates the disrespect in there and I think he’s finding it hard to cope. He wants to go home.”
Helping to make up the numbers of the departed celebrities, Katie Price entered the house on Friday.
Charlotte Crosby won this year’s Celebrity Big Brother, but the world found out 30 minutes before the official announcement.
During the break between the first and second half of the Live Final on Friday night, the front page of the Daily Star was shared on Twitter, which read: “Charlotte wins Celebrity Big Brother.”
A BBC journalist and Sky News shared the front page via their Twitter account, which was met by confused replies from fans of the show.
One Twitter user wrote: “It’s pre-recorded wtaf #CBB”
Another asked: “How do the papers know Charlotte wins cbb? It’s not on for 30 min !?????”
Charlotte Crosby won this year’s Celebrity Big Brother, but the world found out 30 minutes before the official announcement
They were responding to the tabloid front page shared by Nick Sutton, editor of the BBC Radio Four show The World At One; but the journalist was unaware of any embargo when questioned: “No mention of an embargo. Sent to many people.”
Author Emma Kennedy found it amusing that the Daily Star – which is owned by the same company as Channel 5 which broadcasts the show – could make such a faux pas.
“Utterly hilarious that the Daily Star has announced winner of CBB before its been broadcast.”
A spokesperson from Celebrity Big Brother said: “While the first part of the live final was recorded live, the second half was pre-recorded because of the weather and because of programme scheduling.”
The first episode of Celebrity Super Spa aired at 10 p.m., directly after the first part of the the CBB Final. During the hour break, the channel recorded Charlotte Crosby’s win and exit from the house as well as the following interviews of the Geordie Shore star and runner-up Abz Love with host Emma Willis.
This was then ready to air at 11 p.m., but an apparent miscommunication between Channel 5 and The Daily Star led to the winner being revealed half an hour before it was meant to be aired.
While the Live Final was pre-recorded, the phone lines had been closed at 10 p.m.