I’m A Celebrity stars ‘win huge wage deal’ after battle over 30% pay out clause

I’m A Celebrity stars are going to be quids-in after staging a secret revolt about their pay.

The campers used to have to give ITV a whopping 30% of any money they made when they came out of the jungle.

Bosses had cottoned onto the fact that celebrities would cash in on their new-found fame after appearing on the show by bringing out books, clothing and fragrances as well as landing TV projects and ad deals.

They wanted a slice of the action too so they put a clause into the stars’ contracts forcing them into handing over a third of any money they made for six months after I’m A Celebrity.

However, ITV have been forced into a U-turn after the stars began kicking up a stink about the issue – and some even refused to sign on the dotted line.

As a result, the clause has been scrapped.

This spells good news for the latest I’m A Celebrity stars including former EastEnder Shane Richie who has revealed he is now skint after his work projects were all cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

It means he and his fellow camp mates bedding down at the haunted castle in Wales such as Bev Callard, Vernon Kay and Jess Plummer will no longer have to hand over a cut of their future earnings to ITV.

A source said: “The stars usually get good offers after being on I’m A Celebrity and this means they can keep all the cash for themselves.”

Last night ITV declined to comment.

A source added: “We’d never discuss celebrity contracts.”

EastEnders star Shane Richie has revealed that his wage from I'm A Celebrity will help pay off some of his debts that he accumulated in lockdown.

After missing out on a £100k payout for his yearly pantomime stint, Shane has been struggling for money after work dried up because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“We were going to fit it around my other work as I was going on tour, doing a TV series and panto — but that all got cancelled in March.

“And now I am literally skint. You save money for a rainy day but you don’t expect the rainy day to last six months.

“Thankfully I’ve been able to borrow money from mates, my family and the bank and my wife is now very happy we can finally pay off the credit card!”

I'm A Celeb returns at 9pm on ITV.

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