Nigel Farage is reportedly keen to star in I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!
The 52-year-old former UKIP leader was apparently considering an appearance on Celebrity Big Brother, which launches on Thursday night (28Jul16), but bosses couldn’t meet his demands for a £750,000 pay packet.
Now The Sun reports he is holding out for I’m a Celebrity, which returns to screens later this year (16). However, it’s once again unlikely that the show will be able to afford him.
“Farage is definitely in the market for reality TV but he is being too greedy,” a source told the newspaper. “He has been in talks with CBB but insisted he wanted £750,000 to take part.
“His demands were way out of this year’s budget. The highest paid contestant this year is Christopher Biggins but even he is earning less than half of that.”
Pantomime king Christopher is thought to be earning £150,000 to appear in the house.
Many reality shows have been credited with kickstarting career comebacks for their stars, and Nigel is said to be hoping that ITV’s jungle-based series, hosted by Ant and Dec, could do just that for him.
“The BBC won’t touch him for Strictly Come Dancing as he is too much of a political hot potato, so he is setting his sights on I’m A Celeb instead,” the source added.
“However, until he gets a reality check on money he has no chance.”
Nigel certainly wouldn’t be the first MP to swap parliament for the small screen. While George Galloway’s 2006 appearance on Celebrity Big Brother remains one of the most talked about to date, Edwina Currie, Ann Widdecombe and Vince Cable have all tried their luck on Strictly Come Dancing.
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