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Why Spencer Pratt turned down $550,000 to do Big Brother VIP

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Spencer Pratt is one of the most prolific reality stars in the industry, having appeared on everything from The Hills and I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! to Wife Swap and Marriage Boot Camp.


But the reality TV veteran has now revealed that he turned down a whopping USD$550,000 to appear on Australia’s Big Brother VIP.

Speaking to the Unpopular podcast, the 38-year-old said that Australia’s mandatory two-week quarantine at the time, combined with how much of the cash his managers and taxes would take, didn’t make it worth it in the end. 


Not worth it! Spencer Pratt revealed that he turned down $550,000 to star in Australia’s Big Brother VIP because after taxes fees, he would’ve only walked away with a small sum 

‘After taxes, that’s cut in half, I think we’re in the 55 per cent [tax bracket],’ he explained.

‘An agent takes 10 per cent, a manager takes 10 per cent, the lawyer takes 5 per cent,’ he continued.


‘Then you take that number that I brought it down to, and you divide it by 24, because you’re on camera 24 hours a day, and I swear I was getting paid like $25 an hour.’


Spencer also said that he didn’t want to leave behind son Gunner or his successful crystal business, Pratt Daddy Crystals, as filming plus quarantine would see him away from the four-year-old for at least five weeks.

Better things to do! The 38-year-old said that after taxes and fees, combined with the time the show takes to film on top of quarantine periods, would've amounted to him taking home roughly $25 an hour for his time

Better things to do! The 38-year-old said that after taxes and fees, combined with the time the show takes to film on top of quarantine periods, would’ve amounted to him taking home roughly $25 an hour for his time

‘If it was $550,000 in my pocket then boom, I’m sacrificing, but when you start taking everyone’s cut of the pie and then being a dad, where I do want to be part of every second of my son’s life, it starts becoming…’ he added, trailing off. 

Spencer added that he got paid $850,000 for Celebrity Big Brother UK, and he got to stay in 5-star Dorchester Hotel in London, making it a much sweeter deal than Australia’s Big Brother with the mandatory quarantine. 

Channel Seven splashed out on an all star cast for Big Brother VIP last year, which included Caitlyn Jenner, Meghan Markle’s half-brother Thomas Markle Jr, and reality star Omarosa Manigault, who was an advisor to former US president Donald Trump. 

'I want to be part of every second of my son's life': Spencer also said that he didn't want to spend any time away from his son, Gunner (pictured together)

‘I want to be part of every second of my son’s life’: Spencer also said that he didn’t want to spend any time away from his son, Gunner (pictured together)

Remember this? Spencer added that he got paid $850,000 for Celebrity Big Brother UK (pictured in 2017)

Remember this? Spencer added that he got paid $850,000 for Celebrity Big Brother UK (pictured in 2017)

Jenner reportedly took home $500,000 for her short stint on the series, while Omarosa walked away with $450,000.

Local Australian reality stars Jessika Power and Imogen Anthony both earned $20,000 for their stints on the show. 

Despite all the money and star power than Channel Seven put into Big Brother VIP, the reality series turned out to be a ratings disaster.

Pay day: Caitlyn Jenner (pictured) was paid an estimated $500,000 for her short stint on Big Brother VIP last year

Pay day: Caitlyn Jenner (pictured) was paid an estimated $500,000 for her short stint on Big Brother VIP last year

Star power: Reality star and former advisor to Donald Trump, Omarosa Manigault, walked away with $450,000

Star power: Reality star and former advisor to Donald Trump, Omarosa Manigault, walked away with $450,000 

Big Brother VIP premiered last year to dismal ratings, pulling in just 377,000 viewers for its premiere episode. 

It led to the network cancelling the series, although they do plan to proceed with the regular civilian version.

Meanwhile, Spencer is currently starring in the online courtroom reality show Judge Me on Looped Live.

Booked and busy! Spencer is currently appearing on his own online reality show called Judge Me on Looped Live

Booked and busy! Spencer is currently appearing on his own online reality show called Judge Me on Looped Live



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