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Gogglebox cast 'demand pay rises' after hearing Hamish and Zoë Foster Blake received '$500K'


Angry Gogglebox Australia cast members who earn a $1200 fee ‘demand pay rises after hearing Hamish and Zoë Foster Blake received $500K’ for their guest appearance and threaten to walk if they don’t get it


The original cast of Gogglebox Australia are reportedly up in arms after learning about how much Hamish and Zoë Foster Blake were paid for their brief stint on the show. 

Comedian Hamish, 40, and his skincare entrepreneur wife Zoë, 41, will star in a one-off episode of Channel 10 spinoff show Celebrity Gogglebox this month, with reports the couple pocketed $500,000 for their appearance.    

In contrast, the original Goggleboxers are said to earn a meagre $1200 ‘location fee’ per house for each day of filming instead. 

'Simply unfair in the eyes of the entire cast': The original Gogglebox Australia cast members are reportedly outraged after hearing Hamish and Zoë Foster Blake (both pictured) received '$500K' for their cameo appearance on the franchise

Pictured: Gogglebox star Di Kershaw

‘Simply unfair in the eyes of the entire cast’: The original Gogglebox Australia cast members are reportedly outraged after hearing Hamish and Zoë Foster Blake (both left) received ‘$500K’ for their cameo appearance on the franchise. Pictured right are Hamish and Zoë Foster Blake, pictured left is Gogglebox star Di Kershaw

‘Hamish and Zoë have apparently landed a pay cheque that is simply unfair in the eyes of the entire cast – mostly the families who have been there since the start and get paid far less,’ a cast member told the publication on Monday. 

‘You can’t pay one person half a million dollars and then someone else $1200 – I don’t care who you are,’ they fumed. 

Hamish and Zoë’s pay check saga has reportedly reignited a long-running disagreement between cast and producers over how much the original Goggleboxers are paid.

'You can't pay one person half a million dollars and then someone else $1200 – I don't care who you are': The original Goggleboxers are said to earn a meagre $1200 'location fee' per house for each day of filming instead. Pictured: Gogglebox stars Lee and Keith

‘You can’t pay one person half a million dollars and then someone else $1200 – I don’t care who you are’: The original Goggleboxers are said to earn a meagre $1200 ‘location fee’ per house for each day of filming instead. Pictured: Gogglebox stars Lee and Keith

Upset: Hamish and Zoë's pay check saga has reportedly reignited a long-running disagreement between cast and producers over how much the original Goggleboxers are paid. Pictured: Gogglebox star Anastasia Katselas

Upset: Hamish and Zoë’s pay check saga has reportedly reignited a long-running disagreement between cast and producers over how much the original Goggleboxers are paid. Pictured: Gogglebox star Anastasia Katselas

‘Time will tell, but if things don’t change, [the original cast] will be forced to walk for good,’ the source warned.      

It comes after the Blakes recently signed a multi-project deal with Australian pay TV service Foxtel, which airs Gogglebox as part of a unique two-network deal with Channel 10.  

According to Woman’s Day, this is likely to be just the first of many upcoming TV ventures for the Blakes.  

Channel 10's biggest stars? It comes after the Blakes recently signed a multi-project deal with Australian pay TV service Foxtel, which airs Gogglebox as part of a unique two-network deal with Channel 10

Channel 10’s biggest stars? It comes after the Blakes recently signed a multi-project deal with Australian pay TV service Foxtel, which airs Gogglebox as part of a unique two-network deal with Channel 10 

‘Australia has been crying out for the Blakes to make their own reality show for years now – and Foxtel has heard this loud and clear,’ a source told the magazine last month. 

‘They’re going to use Celebrity Gogglebox as a bit of a trial run for them to see if they could hold a show in their own right.’  

Foxtel executives have reportedly already been having ‘some serious meetings’ about giving the couple their own show, calling it potential ‘reality TV gold’. 

Watch this space: Foxtel executives have reportedly already been having 'some serious meetings' about giving the couple their own show, calling it potential 'reality TV gold'

Watch this space: Foxtel executives have reportedly already been having ‘some serious meetings’ about giving the couple their own show, calling it potential ‘reality TV gold’

The couple’s rumoured $500,000 Gogglebox salary will be a mere drop in the pond for the mega-wealthy duo, after Zoë sold off a controlling stake in her Go-To skincare company for $89million last year. 

The beauty mogul sold a 50.1 per cent share to ASX-listed company BWX. 

The skincare company was established by the former magazine journalist in 2014, and generated $36.8million in revenue in 2020 alone. 

According to a report by the Financial Review in November 2020, Zoë’s net worth was estimated to be at $36million at the time.   

Report: 'Australia has been crying out for the Blakes to make their own reality show for years now - and Foxtel has heard this loud and clear,' a source told Woman's Day

Report: ‘Australia has been crying out for the Blakes to make their own reality show for years now – and Foxtel has heard this loud and clear,’ a source told Woman’s Day

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