EXCLUSIVE: Been wondering why none of the stars on I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! have uttered those famous words yet?
It’s a little know fact, but sources indicate to TV Tonight that part of the contract for the TEN reality series includes a clause that if any celebrity quits the show they will forfeit a significant portion of their salary.
The clause, understood to be based on contracts used in the UK show, is to ensure the show has sufficient cast through to the end of the series.
Updated: A TEN spokesperson has responded, “We do not disclose the contents of confidential agreements with people who appear in Network Ten programs. However, your article is inaccurate and littered with mistakes.”
In the expensive game of television production, very little is left to chance.
TV Tonight understands the amount that could be forfeited could be as high as 65% of gross salaries. Effectively, someone who quits the show 5 weeks into the 6 week run could go home with as little as 35% of the total salary.
While it would make for great (and hilarious) drama for someone to quit the show, the clause helps ensure they continue to squirm under the pressure of rats, snakes, spiders, gross food trials and death-defying challenges. On that front the cast is certainly delivering.
Some cast members have even been put in the firing line by commentators accusing them of fake tears and meltdowns in order to win the show, but the isolation and punishing conditions is clever genre manipulation in order to elicit story content.
The remaining celebrity unit is proving remarkably endurable with very little conflict given its circumstance, and even the odd tantrum or tears falls a long way short of those seen on other Reality shows. This bunch have pulled together in their jungle greens, headed up by the wonderfully kooky mother hen, Maureen McCormick.
No doubt the incentive to stick it out to the finish line has been helped by a little clause that is ironically at odds with the title of the show.