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Farmer Wants a Wife EXCLUSIVE: Producers ‘begged the CEO of a Fortune 500 company to rent out his farm’ in rural NSW for the show – here’s why he turned them down

Three of the farms on this year’s season of Farmer Wants a Wife have been exposed as rentals, and not actual farms owned by the contestants.

And Daily Mail Australia can now reveal that producers were so desperate to secure ‘stand-in’ farms in country NSW that they approached locals to use their properties.

Because several farmers’ real farms were deemed unsuitable for use due to Covid restrictions, Channel Seven reportedly went to great effort to offer residents of Gloucester a ‘hefty sum’ to ‘borrow’ their ranches during filming.

Producers for Farmer Wants A Wife were so desperate to secure 'stand-in' farms in country NSW that they approached locals to use their properties. (Pictured: Harry Lloyd, who used somebody else's farm on the series)

Producers for Farmer Wants A Wife were so desperate to secure ‘stand-in’ farms in country NSW that they approached locals to use their properties. (Pictured: Harry Lloyd, who used somebody else’s farm on the series)

‘A family friend was asked about renting their farm to film FWAW,’ a source revealed.

‘They kept upping the money. It was a hefty sum, but they didn’t realise he’s a former CEO of a Fortune 500 company!’ they added. 

While the source didn’t name the CEO who was approached, they said he turned down the offer because the show ‘wanted to bring in animals, but that goes against what his farm does and everything he stands for’.

‘They were expecting just to pay him and he’d be out of the place,’ the insider added.

Because several farmers' real farms were deemed unsuitable for use due to Covid restrictions, Channel Seven reportedly went to great effort to offer residents of Gloucester a 'hefty sum' to 'borrow' their ranches during filming. (Pictured: one of the farms on the show)

Because several farmers’ real farms were deemed unsuitable for use due to Covid restrictions, Channel Seven reportedly went to great effort to offer residents of Gloucester a ‘hefty sum’ to ‘borrow’ their ranches during filming. (Pictured: one of the farms on the show)

'A family friend was asked about renting their farm to film FWAW,' a source revealed. 'They kept upping the money. It was a hefty sum, but they didn't realise he's a former CEO of a Fortune 500 company!' (Pictured: one of the farms on FWAW)

‘A family friend was asked about renting their farm to film FWAW,’ a source revealed. ‘They kept upping the money. It was a hefty sum, but they didn’t realise he’s a former CEO of a Fortune 500 company!’ (Pictured: one of the farms on FWAW)

It comes after Daily Mail Australia revealed that Will Simpson, Harry Lloyd and Paige Marsh used stand-in properties while filming the Channel Seven series.

Crop farmer Will was presented on the show as owning a farm in Berriwillock, north Victoria, but part of his journey was filmed on a farm 1,000km away in New South Wales.

Meanwhile, a Seven spokesperson confirmed that Paige is a first-generation farmer who doesn’t even own a farm.

It comes after Daily Mail Australia revealed that Will Simpson (pictured) and Paige Marsh used stand-in properties while filming the Channel Seven series

Pictured: Paige Marsh

It comes after Daily Mail Australia revealed that Will Simpson (left) and Paige Marsh (right) used stand-in properties while filming the Channel Seven series

Interestingly, throughout the series there is never mention of ‘Will’s farm’ or ‘Paige’s farm’, with voice-overs instead referencing ‘Farmer Harry’ or ‘Farmer Paige’ when the show cuts to their storylines.

Daily Mail Australia understands that after Covid restrictions eased, farmers Harry and Will were able to film parts of their backstory at their real farms.

It follows revelations that Harry’s journey was filmed on a dairy farm in NSW, despite his actual property being more than 900km away in Kyabram, northern Victoria. 

Will was presented on the show as owning a farm in Berriwillock in north Victoria (pictured) but part of his journey was filmed on a farm 1,000km away in New South Wales

Will was presented on the show as owning a farm in Berriwillock in north Victoria (pictured) but part of his journey was filmed on a farm 1,000km away in New South Wales

Harry's family farm (pictured) is actually located in Culgoa, 13 kilometres from Berriwillock

Harry’s family farm (pictured) is actually located in Culgoa, 13 kilometres from Berriwillock

Seven confirmed to Daily Mail Australia the farm Harry used was not his real property, but insisted the show was not deceiving viewers or his potential partners. 

‘Due to Covid, part of Harry’s Farmer Wants A Wife journey was filmed on a dairy farm near Gloucester,’ a spokesman said in a statement.

‘The location of the farm didn’t impact the series as Harry’s ladies were able to experience life on a dairy farm with Harry, including the early morning starts.’ 

Meanwhile, a Channel Seven spokesperson confirmed that Paige is a first-generation farmer who doesn't even own a farm. (Pictured: Paige at her stand-in farm)

Meanwhile, a Channel Seven spokesperson confirmed that Paige is a first-generation farmer who doesn’t even own a farm. (Pictured: Paige at her stand-in farm)

During the series, viewers were given the impression that Paige owned her own farm

During the series, viewers were given the impression that Paige owned her own farm

Throughout the series there is never mention of 'Will's farm' or 'Paige's farm', with voice-overs instead referencing 'Farmer Harry' or 'Farmer Paige' when the show cuts to their storylines

Throughout the series there is never mention of ‘Will’s farm’ or ‘Paige’s farm’, with voice-overs instead referencing ‘Farmer Harry’ or ‘Farmer Paige’ when the show cuts to their storylines 

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