I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!

They get paid HOW MUCH!? Stars of I'm A Celebrity get pay packages that'll shock you!

The blood sweat and tears aren't for nothing...

By Jess Pullar
The stars of I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! don't head into the jungle expecting a walk in the park.
They partake in challenges even the toughest of us would struggle with, living off a fraction of the food we're accustomed to and battle their peers for even the smallest of luxuries.
And for what exactly?
Well, we all know the winning celeb will gift $100,000 to their chosen charity - but it seems there might be another not-so-little incentive up for grabs.
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As it turns out, on top of the charity prize money each star reportedly earns upwards of $10,000 per show, with some even raking up to $100,000 each week.
Yep, we'd be putting our hands up for the jungle experience for that pay cheque too!
In 2017, Woman's Day revealed that the celebrities are earning the big bucks for putting themselves through the paces on the show (and maybe loosing a little bit of dignity along the way).
There's no doubt Bernard Tomic's appearance on the show in 2018 came with an appealing pay package. (Image: Network Ten)
As for the specific numbers, it seems like the pay packages differ depending on the status of each celebrity.
Indeed, famed cricketer Shane Warne was reportedly paid a whopping $2 million for his appearance on the show in 2016.
In his book No Spin, the former pro Aussie cricketer wrote about Network Ten approaching him to star on the show back in 2014: "I scared them off with a figure of two million bucks or nothing," he wrote.
While he claimed the network declined the counter offer at the time, telling Warne they offered the same budget for everyone, they came back to him two years later.
"[My manager] rang to say we've got the $2 million! Oh sh*t! When you throw a big number out there, you're not really expecting to get it," Warne revealed.
Shane Warne was put through the ringer during his stint on the show! (Images: Network Ten)
Meanwhile, former contestant Tom Arnold was reportedly offered $US425,000 for his stint on the show, according to News.com.au.
Today, the payment would equate to a whopping $AUD589,447.
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But cash aside, the show isn't exactly all fun and games.
With contestants being subject to 100,000 cockroaches, 10,000 fire ants and 120 litres of maggots, not to mention very little food and rather uncomfortable sleeping conditions, we can't blame the contestants for seeking some compensation.
And other celebs have admitted to turning down the hefty pay packs to avoid the pain altogether.
In 2015, Gossip columnist Ros Reines wrote in the Daily Telegraph that she was glad she had turned down an offer to be on the show, despite her offer of $30,000 a week.
"I would have folded somewhere between jumping out of a chopper into hippo and croc infested water [and] being introduced to the variety of snakes in the jungle," she wrote.
She makes a fair point!
There's some seriously hard yakka involved on I'm A Celeb. (Image: Network 10)
That being said, the show does manage to convince some celebrities to put up with the extremes.
We just hope those shiny pay packages make it all worthwhile.

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