Are Celebrities Paid to Appear on Reality Shows

I’M A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here is currently on and I am loving it. I enjoy watching celebrities living the rough and crazy live in the jungle. It is good entertainment, and I am sure many of you enjoy seeing the cool celebs outside of their comfort zone. I know I enjoy seeing the celebrities in the jungle. Just like I enjoy seeing them being stuck in a house with other celebs in Celebrity Big Brother. Taking a break from work to watch the clips on TV adds a bit of fun to my life.




In the early days, I use to wonder if the celebrities ever got paid to drop everything in their “real life” to go on a reality show. The very busy celebs would likely lose some money while in the jungle, so it would make sense for them to get paid to appear on the show. The curious me did some digging around, and I came across an article – How Much Are The Celebs Paid? on Conversations About Her website, and that pretty much answered all my questions.

Celebrities are offered a huge amount (depending on how successful and popular they are) to appear on reality shows. The celebrity fees were uncovered thanks to Unreality TV and Cash Lady. Just take a look at the infographic below.




I am amazed at how high some of the figures are, just look at Spencer Matthews, famous for playing himself in the hit reality show – Made in Chelsea, being paid 300,000 to appear on I’M A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! However, there is a rumour that he walked out of the camp with nothing after his 3 day stint.

Apart from the crazy high fees, I am also amazed at how varied the fees are as well. Just look at Lewis Bloor, famous for playing himself on the ITV hit show – The Only Way is Essex, he was paid £50,000 to appear on Celebrity Big Brother according to this infographic, and then we have Stephen Bear (who I have never heard of), known for appearing on Ex on the Beach and Shipwrecked, being paid only £12,000. It just confirms the fact that reality show is all about popularity, almost like the blogging industry.

Avner Brodsky, co-founder of Cash Lady commented on these findings –

“It’s surprising to see the figures the networks spend bringing our favourite shows to air. It’s something that we, as consumers, don’t really think about when we plonk down on our sofa on an evening.”


I always knew that the celebrities would get paid crazy money to appear on reality shows. It is a business and they are a Brand at the end of the day. They won’t drop everything to appear on a reality show with the hope of winning the prize money. They would have to be compensated for their time. But I never guessed the fees would be this crazy and varied in some instances. I guess that explains the ‘bad blood’ between some of the contestants on the show some times.

What do you think of these fees? Are you as surprised as I am?


*This is a collaborative post.


30 responses

  1. No, I’m not surprised at all by these high fee’s. After all, It is the celebrities who sell these shows to the public, they ARE the assets. Personally, I find them all really boring now as a lot of them have been running for a decade or so, I kind of wish they’d change the record a little bit.
    Anna x

  2. I am surprised to see these numbers. I was wondering if they are paid. I don’t watch these shows, but I watch Celebrity Masterchef. Sadly, sometimes I think it would have been better with ordinary people as some of the celebrities are quite annoying.

  3. I used to watch these shows, but I don’t anymore. I can believe that celebs are paid that much, but it is ridiculous! What I find the most surprising is why Will Young was only paid £5,000!

  4. It doesn’t surprise me they are paid. It is crazy the difference in what they are. I dont watch reality TV shows though like B.B/I’m a celebrity etc. There not my cup of tea

  5. In all honesty, I didn’t realise that it wasn’t well known that these celebrities get paid a fortune to go on reality shows. In some ways it makes sense as they’re stripping themselves bare and could potentially ruin their careers or deeply embarrass themselves if they’re not behaving a way that positively represents them, its a risk and it comes with a price xxx

  6. OMG, this show is still on, I am not a fan of it alllll. Yup, I knew the ‘celebs’ in there were doing it for the moulain. I laughed when I saw Will Young’s fees had been reduced, serve him right! In his hey day, my mate saw him and got all giddy and he was so cold. I dont care if he was having a bad day, if Will Smith can always have his game face on with fans so can Will! ( :

  7. Wow this definitley puts it all into perspective! I knew celebs were paid to appear on these shows but wasn’t aware how much and how varied the price depending on who they want!!! Crazy!!!

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