Former Gogglebox queen Yvie Jones has revealed just how badly the stars of the hit show are compensated for their time, in a shocking new interview.
Revealing all in her guest slot of Melbourne’s Fox FM, Yvie didn’t hold back when the subject of pay was raised, revealing she wants the cast members to become unionised, to protect them from exploitation.
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‘Well, they don’t pay a talent fee,’ Yvie revealed, when asked how much the stars are paid.
'You’re not employed. The house gets a location fee and that has to be whoever owns the house gets a fee. Our landlord would get the fee and she would have to forward it to us if she wanted to.
‘It would be happening in all the rentals. This is how bad it was in the beginning, the first season, per day, per house we’d get $250 a day.’
While apparently the stars – or their landlords – are now much better compensated, Yvie seems to suggest the stars are still working under what might be described as less-than-desirable conditions.
‘Now they get a location fee that is a lot more, but it’s still nothing,’ she says. ‘Everyone on Gogglebox is doing it for the love.
‘They really do love what they do. There needs to be a union I think, in this kind of TV, observation documentaries, we’re not employed so we don’t have a union.
‘No one is looking after these people. It’s the same on reality TV shows like MAFS, they get nothing.’