Things are going from bad to worse for Channel 10.
Days after confirming it’s entering voluntary administration amid serious financial trouble, the network is now facing a lawsuit filed by much-maligned former ‘I’m A Celeb’ contestant, comedian and actor Tom Arnold.
Roseanne Barr‘s ex claims he was defrauded into blocking off his work schedule for an Aussie comedy tour that was used as an enticement to make up for the “significant personal inconvenience and hardship to its [the show’s] celebrity participants” but never actually happened.
The lawsuit also alleges that Ten still owes Arnold $AU185,000 ( or $US140,000) for his stint in the South African jungle on the most recent season of the reality series, which was taken out by kween Casey Donovan.
“It was agreed orally and confirmed in writing that the guaranteed compensation to be paid for the two engagements – as a package – would be $425,000 [$AU560,000],” says his lawyer, Marty Singer. “Plaintiffs agreed to the deal and blocked off Arnold’s schedule in prime summer months when he typically receives his best engagements and highest compensation.”
Network Ten has already hit back at the claims of fraudulent and negligent misrepresentation and breach of oral contract, insisting he was paid in full.
“All amounts owed to Tom Arnold by Network Ten have been paid. We have fully discharged all our obligations to Tom Arnold.”
The network claims it’s also yet to receive any notice of official legal proceedings from Arnold or his representation.
If you don’t remember Arnold from the last season of ‘I’m A Celeb’, here’s a refresher: he was the very first person to get booted off, and was farrrrrr from popular on account of his serial name-dropping and love of his own voice.
According to the lawsuit, though, that’s also the fault of Ten; he’s blamed the show’s producers for making him look bad using tricksy editing.
Watch this space.
Photo: Network Ten.