National treasure Sophie Monk will soon grace our screens as The Bachelorette, making her the first actual celebrity to feature on the show, and it appears that her status as a well-known individual will score her a pretty big payday.
Brisbane’s Courier Mail claim to have the inside track on her salary, and earlier today, they reported that she will bank $300,000 for her season.
That’s a pretty decent chunk of change to put up with the attentions of a mansion full of thirsty blokes for a couple of weeks and make a few quips to camera, but based on Monk’s first promo, she’s worth that money and more.
Network Ten declined to comment on the salary rumours (which are still just rumours at this stage), but an “industry insider” told the Courier that “Sophie will earn a lot more (than previous bachelors and bachelorettes) because her management would have negotiated well.”
By contrast, fan-favourite and current bachelor Matty J is rumoured to be pocketing just $200,000 to flash his toned rig for the cameras and put up with Jen‘s egregious nonsense. We’ll see if he also gets an engagement out of it.
The new season of The Bachelorette began shooting in June. It’s set to be 12 episodes long and will see 15 blokes competing for Sophie’s affection, and at this stage, it appears that we’ll get to see it when the current run of The Bachelor wraps up.
While Sophie Monk’s rumoured $300,000 is a healthy figure, it’s still way outside the upper echelon Australian TV salaries. In 2015, Karl Stefanovic was the highest-paid television star, taking home an estimated $1.5 million annually.
Other celebrities on that year’s rich list included Eddie McGuire, David Koch and Voice Australia judge Joel Madden, all of whom were reported to be earning upwards of $1 million a year from their TV gigs.
That year’s Top 10 highest earners list was rounded out by Ricky Martin, Larry Emdur, Peter Overton, Lisa Wilkinson, Tracy Grimshaw and The Block host Scott Cam.