Presenter Jackie O. has revealed she was never paid a salary for judging 2000 reality series Popstars.
“I did Popstars for free … I didn’t get paid for Popstars,” she said on her KIIS FM radio show this morning.
The Screentime series, which discovered girlband Bardot, was a TV sensation, with bumper ratings for Seven and frenzied public appearances by the cast. It also discovered a young Sophie Monk and led to a wave of copycat shows.
“The first series, which was the biggest one, the Bardot one, I did that for free,” she said.
“No one mentioned anything about money, so I didn’t mention money,” she added. “I remember we were in Adelaide doing auditions … and you know how they hand out per diems which is like $60 … they handed me this envelope, and I didn’t know what a per diem was … and I opened it and I saw $67 in there, and I went up to the executive director and gave him a big hug and said, ‘Thank you so much!’
“I was stoked I was getting cash!”
As part of the Kyle & Jackie O radio show, Jackie ‘O’ Henderson is now paid more than $4m a year.