Most Big Brother followers know that the winner will get $500,000 and the runner-up will get $50,000. But they could not know that the contestants receives a commission simply to be on the show. Here’s a rundown of how a lot cash they make and the way all-stars sweetened the deal this summer season.
There Is a Weekly Stipend That Has Changed Over the Years
Back in 2007, the Today Show confirmed that the weekly stipend for Big Brother contestants was $750. So an individual who performed the entire summer season (as a result of they maintain getting paid within the jury home) would make round $9000 altogether. Then there are, in fact, the alternatives alongside the best way to win more money — there are normally a couple of competitions the place contestants can select $5000 or $10,000 prizes (they normally have to surrender security or the Power of Veto to take action). There can be America’s Favorite Player, who will get $25,000.
And one 12 months, the sport had “America’s Player,” an individual taking directions from the viewers. That was Eric Stein throughout Big Brother 8. He earned $10,000 for each 5 duties he did; his 20 duties accomplished earned him $40,000. Durig Big Brother 10, Dan Gheesling was briefly America’s Player and earned $20,000 for doing that for every week.
So, $750 was the stipend, however in recent times, that has been upped to $1000 per week. Big Brother 19 was the primary 12 months that live-feed watchers heard that quantity quoted. There was additionally the rumor that returning participant Paul Abrahamian was making $2000 per week, however nobody may substantiate that, it was simply hypothesis from the man houseguests.
However, it might make sense — Big Brother has at all times shelled out extra for returning gamers as a result of fashionable returning gamers know they’ll command the next worth.
Today reported that for the primary all-stars season, the stipend was $4000 per week, so the all-stars who made it to the jury home earned over $40,000 for that season.
All-Stars 2 Got a Flat Fee
Every returnee for All-Stars will get a $40,000 stipend for strolling via the door. If I get a name and so they’re like, “We are taking the stipend away and you must pay us $40,” I’d be like, “Do you are taking Venmo????”
— Andy Herren (@AndyHerren) June 12, 2020
According to Big Brother 15 winner Andy Herren, the all-stars taking part in this 12 months earned a flat $40,000 to look on the show, which is fairly candy — particularly for non-jury members. So so as to maintain everybody’s heads within the recreation and desirous to make it to the jury home, Memphis mentioned on the dwell feeds that when they have been on the jury, they began incomes $2000 per week on high of the flat payment.
So anybody who made it to the jury will stroll away with roughly $52,000 for showing on the show — six weeks of being on the jury is $12,000 plus the $40,000 flat payment. Cody Calafiore and Nicole Franzel have additionally talked about how the winner and runner-up will obtain their look charges on high of their prize cash, which is smart — in the event that they did not try this, the jury members would earn more money than the runner-up. In previous years, nevertheless, that has not been the case — the winner and runner-up do not get their stipend on high of their prize cash.
All of this makes quite a lot of sense when you consider it. The contestants cannot work whereas they’re on the show and actually, many need to stop their jobs as a result of they’ll be gone for therefore lengthy. So Big Brother has to make it price their whereas.
Other Reality Shows Do the Same Thing
Survivor pays its contestants on a sliding scale based mostly on how lengthy they’re on the market. According to ABC News, through the first season, runner-up Kelly Wiglesworth earned $100,000, third place Rudy Boesch earned $85,000, fourth place Sue Hawk received $70,000, eighth place Jenna Lewis earned $27,500, and Sonja Christopher, the primary particular person voted (ever), took house $2500.
The Challenge on MTV works extra like Big Brother. Newbies get $1000 per week that they are there, whereas veterans can command wherever from $3000 to $5000 per week, which implies a number of the largest names who final a very long time can earn almost $80,000, based on US Weekly.
Don’t neglect — no Big Brother on Sunday anymore. It now airs on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 8 p.m. Eastern and Pacific on CBS. Also, it is not too late to sign up for the season 22 live feeds. Once these houseguests lastly have to start out turning on one another, issues may really get attention-grabbing down the house stretch.