When celebrities compete in game shows or reality shows, they often do so to benefit a charitable cause — like the famous contestants on Celebrity Jeopardy, Celebrity Family Feud, or Hollywood Game Night. Is Celebrity Big Brother for charity, though? Nope! The stars of the new CBS reality spin-off are in it for themselves, baby!
At least, there hasn’t been any indication that the $500,000 grand prize will be going anywhere but these celebs’ personal bank accounts, as Just Jared Jr. reports. And while only one lucky winner goes home with that half a million, it seems like the 10 other contestants won’t be sent packing empty-handed. TMZ’s sources claim everyone signed a base deal of about $200,000, and the longer they last on the show, the bigger their payday will be.
That’s good news for the contestants this season, especially since none of them are what you might call an “A-lister.” The celebrities still in the house are Miss Colombia 2014 Ariadna Gutiérrez, former Real Housewife Brandi Glanville, Big Time Rush singer James Maslow, Broadway star Marissa Jaret Winokur, Sugar Ray frontman Mark McGrath, former NBA player Metta World Peace, ex-White House aide Omarosa Manigault, TV host Ross Matthews, and American Pie actress Shannon Elizabeth. (Meanwhile, mixed martial artist Chuck Liddell and The Cosby Show alum Keshia Knight Pulliam have already been evicted.)
It should be noted that the British version of Celebrity Big Brother has aired for 21 seasons now, and the winners of that show sometimes give their prize to a charitable cause and sometimes pocket the cash. For instance, CBB 3 winner Mark “Bez” Berry said his prize would go toward “pimping [his] ride.” But in CBB 20, host Emma Willis said that season’s prize would go to charity, likely flummoxing Mob Wives star Marissa Jade, who openly said she was only there “for the money.” With those mixed messages, anyone who signs on the dotted line for Celebrity Big Brother better read the fine print first!