Noel Edmonds becomes the HIGHEST EVER PAID I’m A Celebrity contestant
Noel Edmonds beats Harry Redknapp to become the HIGHEST EVER PAID I’m A Celebrity contestant after ‘securing £600k fee for late arrival’
Harry Redknapp had been dubbed the highest ever paid contestant to appear on I’m A Celebrity after securing a £500,000 pay-out for his appearance.
But it seems he has already been knocked off the top spot, as reports claim Noel Edmonds, 69, has managed to bag himself £600k for his late arrival on the show’s new series.
According to The Sun, Edmonds will be paid £100,000 more than the former football manager, with sources dubbing the Deal or No Deal host as bosses ‘dream signing’.
Highest ever paid campmate: Noel Edmonds, 69, has managed to bag himself £600k for his widely speculated late arrival on I’m A Celebrity’s new series
It has been widely speculated that Noel will be I’m A Celeb’s late addition and will join the original ten stars once they have already set up camp.
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Usually the show sees two celebrities enter the jungle at a later date, but show bosses have decided to cut back on numbers for the first time in 11 years, due to the expenses they have paid out already for this year’s stars.
Sources told the publication: ‘Bosses for I’m A Celebrity have been trying to sign Noel for years. He’s their dream signing.
‘They have really pushed the boat out this year in terms of signings and have spent more than ever before.
Knocked off the top spot: Harry Redknapp had previously been dubbed the highest ever paid contestant to appear on I’m A Celebrity after securing a £500,000 pay-out for his appearance
Big money deal: According to The Sun , Edmonds will be paid £100,000 more than the former football manager, with sources dubbing the Deal or No Deal host as bosses ‘dream signing’
‘They’ve spent so much that there’s only 11 contestants planned at the moment – that’s the first time since 2007 it’s been so few, but the characters will make up for it.’
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When rumours of Noel’s addition first surfaced this week, insiders claimed: ‘Bosses think [Noel will] have loads of stories to tell and will be a great talker around the campfire.
‘They’ve been desperately trying to keep him under wraps as he’s the cherry on the top of the series for them.’
It’s claimed Noel has only agreed to sign up for I’m A Celebrity to publicly reveal the difficult time he has endured over the last few years, which saw him attempt to commit suicide.
He is preparing to launch a claim of up to £300 million against Lloyds Banking Group, the owner of HBOS, in London’s High Court. The former Deal Or No Deal presenter is among dozens of small business owners demanding compensation for his treatment at the hands of HBOS bankers.
Awkward: Noel Edmonds will be in for a very awkward reunion with the reality series hosts, Holly Willoughby and Declan Donnelly as he has previously lashed out at both presenting stars
Harsh: The Deal or No Deal host, 69, branded Holly ‘aggressive and disrespectful’ after clashing with her on This Morning in 2016 and has accused Dec of ‘stealing his ideas’
Edmonds claims that an HBOS manager, Mark Dobson, who was jailed for four-and-a-half years, destroyed his entertainment business Unique Group.
Meanwhile, if Noel does appear on I’m A Celebrity, he faces an awkward reunion wiht the show’s hosts Holly Willoughby and Declan Donnelly.
The TV star branded Holly ‘aggressive and disrespectful’ after clashing with her on This Morning in 2016, and has accused Declan Donnelly and Ant McPartlin of ‘stealing his ideas’ for their successful series Saturday Night Takeaway.
Two years ago, Noel had appeared on ITV’s This Morning to discuss his controversial views on cancer.
Noel was previously diagnosed with prostate cancer, but came under for for claiming he had cured his diagnosis with a £2,315 yoga mat and that cancer is caused by ‘negative energy’.
Hitting out: Noel claimed Holly and Phil had ‘set him up’ as tensions boiled over during his This Morning appearance and accused the presenters of being ‘aggressive, disrespectful and dishonest’ as they quizzed him over his controversial views on cancer
Tensions boiled over as Holly and Phillip Schofield quizzed Noel on his comments.
Holly asked whether the star would ask a child who was suffering from cancer whether their illness had been caused by ‘negative energy’, while Phil branded a tweet Noel had sent to a cancer sufferer asking whether their ‘ill-health was a result of their negative attitude’ as ‘insensitive’.
He accused Holly and Phil of ‘stitching him up’ and claimed he had never said ‘negative thinking can cause cancer’, while accusing This Morning of promoting his cause incorrectly.
Following his appearance on This Morning, Noel later branded the pair ‘aggressive, disrespectful and dishonest’ as he reflected on the interview on his website ‘Noel.World’.
Noel has also hit out at I’m A Celebrity’s regular hosts Ant and Dec.
Copycats? Noel was at the height of 90s Saturday night TV, thanks to his hit Noel’s House Party, and claims Ant and Dec stole ideas from his show to create Saturday Night Takeaway
Noel was at the height of Saturday night TV in the 90s, thanks to his hit Noel’s House Party, and he claims Ant and Dec stole ideas from his show to create their reality series Saturday Night Takeaway.
He has regularly voiced his thoughts on Ant and Dec mimicking his show, telling Celebrity Radio in 2015: ‘They plundered the House Party archives and created Takeaway.’
Noel told The Independent: ‘They’ve been very honest about the derivation of their show. Their executive producer told me that the first thing they did when they were setting up the show was to get out the tapes of Noel’s House Party.’
Noel had actually appeared on Saturday Night Takeaway during its series finale this year and appeared to take aim at the presenting duo during his time on the show.
Tongue in cheek: Noel actually appeared on Saturday Night Takeaway during its series finale this year and appeared to take aim at presenting duo Ant and Dec during his time on the show
He joked: ‘One day I come home and I turn the telly on and see you two muppets getting OBEs – simply because you copied Noel’s House Party – you do Grab the Ads, I do Grab a Grand. You do Undercover, I had the Gotchas’
He joked: ‘I’ve been in this business 50 years. On Saturday nights I used to get 17 million viewers, and I’ve never been on the honours list.
‘And then one day I come home and I turn the telly on and see you two muppets getting OBEs – simply because you copied Noel’s House Party.’
Pointing out the similarities between the two Saturday night shows, Noel said: ‘You do Grab the Ads, I do Grab a Grand. You do Undercover, I had the Gotchas. And don’t you remember NTV?’
Heading into the jungle this series is Redknapp, Inbetweeners star Emily Atack, DIY:SOS presenter Nick Knowles, EastEnders Rita Simons, The Chase star Anne Hegerty, Corrie’s Sair Khan and The Vamps’ James McVey.
John Barrowman has also made the star-studded list as a surprise addition, along with Hollyoaks actor Malique Thompson-Dwyer and former X Factor winner Fleur East.
I’m A Celebrity kicks off on Sunday 18 November on ITV
Late arrival: Noel is set to become the 11th star to appear on I’m A Celebrity in a shock twist that will see two late arrivals enter camp
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