Scarlett Moffatt is currently preparing for her stint in the I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here jungle, but according to sources, there’s unrest in the Gogglebox camp, as Channel 4’s cast are reportedly threatening to strike.
The broadcaster allegedly places strict restrictions on the Gogglebox families, regarding what they’re permitted to do outside of the show, but since joining the telly team in series three, Scarlett has apparently received “preferential treatment.”
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According to recent reports, the reality show stars are only allowed to accept “minimal media appearances and interviews to remain as relatable as possible,” but the successful Geordie, who has her own management team, now has her own radio show, as well as a book and fitness DVD release.
It has been claimed that the atmosphere intensified after it was reported that TV star Scarlett, 25, had been paid £70,000 to take part in ITV’s survival-themed series, but she will also return to the Gogglebox sofa after her jungle stint.
“The cast aren’t happy that Scarlett’s getting preferential treatment,” a show insider told The Sun. “They feel bosses think the show won’t work without her so are going against all their own rules to keep her happy.”
The insider added: “The part some of the cast find most frustrating is the fact Scarlett’s become the face of the show despite only joining in series three. Now she’s treated like a VIP.”
Moreover, some of the show’s contributors are reportedly unhappy about their wage packets and have threatened to go on strike until Channel 4 bosses level out the figures.
The source continues: “There’s a whisper among the cast about their wages at the moment too. They think it’s odd the bosses have never made any effort to get all the families together to celebrate the success of the show.
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“Some of them feel the bosses want to stop them coming together because they’ll end up talking about wages and who gets paid what. A lot of them feel very under-appreciated and have even joked about going on strike.”
Meanwhile a Channel 4 spokesperson has dismissed the claims of discontent, saying: “All cast are thrilled for Scarlett and wish her all the best in the Jungle. It is untrue that there is disharmony within the cast about fees.”
And with that in mind, we’re officially petitioning for Leon to join the next series of Big Brother, because why not?
I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! kicks off on Sunday night at 9pm on ITV.