We’ve already dissected more reality TV show rumours than we’ve had hot dinners this year, but there’s still more to come, with new claims about who could be jetting off to the I’m A Celebrity jungle.
The latest rumour to emerge is that Nigel Farage is ‘in talks’ to appear in the upcoming series, due to air later this year.
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The former UKIP leader was reportedly originally in advanced talks to make an appearance in the Celebrity Big Brother house, but had those plans scuppered when bosses rejected the £750,000 fee he asked for.
It’s now said that he’s ‘holding out’ for a place in I’m A Celebrity, with a TV insider telling The Sun: “Farage is keen to appear on reality TV but he is asking for far too much money. 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.
“Farage is definitely in the market for reality TV but he is being too greedy.
Vicky Pattison won last year’s I’m A Celeb. Copyright [Nigel Wright/ITV/REX/Shutterstock]
“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. However, until he gets a reality check on money he has no chance.”
A spokesman for the politician has responded to the rumours, saying: “Nigel has been offered a series of ridiculous offers by all sorts of programmes and people.
“And to those that are ridiculous he responds in kind. Rather charming that a programme desperate for publicity wants to do so on his reputation. The price of success I suppose.”