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Locky Gilbert – who mocked 'boring' Aussies working 9-5 – is running out of paid TV jobs


Locky Gilbert received massive backlash this week after he bragged of ‘not working in a decade’ on SAS Australia. 

But the full-time reality star may soon be forced to join the ‘boring’ workforce, as an insider has revealed Locky is running out of paid TV gigs.  

Speaking to Daily Mail Australia, the well-place source said Locky’s bratty on-screen behaviour on SAS Australia will repel casting agents looking for talent in future. 

Dose of reality: Locky Gilbert, 32 (pictured) - who mocked 'boring' Aussies working 9-5 - is running out of paid TV jobs and will be 'lucky to end up as an extra in an ad' due to his bratty antics, according to an insider

Dose of reality: Locky Gilbert, 32 (pictured) – who mocked ‘boring’ Aussies working 9-5 – is running out of paid TV jobs and will be ‘lucky to end up as an extra in an ad’ due to his bratty antics, according to an insider 

‘He thinks he will jump from show to show. He thinks he is hugely famous and tells everyone he knows,’ they said. 

‘His aim is to get onto another show after this, but at this rate he will be lucky to end up as an extra in an ad.’   

Locky raised eyebrows on Tuesday’s SAS Australia after he bragged of ‘not working in a decade’, before denouncing people who live a ‘mundane’, ‘boring’ life of 9-5 employment. 

'His aim is to get onto another show after this, but at this rate he will be lucky to end up as an extra in an ad': Speaking to Daily Mail Australia, the well-place source said Locky's bratty on-screen behaviour on SAS Australia will repel casting agents looking for talent in future

‘His aim is to get onto another show after this, but at this rate he will be lucky to end up as an extra in an ad’: Speaking to Daily Mail Australia, the well-place source said Locky’s bratty on-screen behaviour on SAS Australia will repel casting agents looking for talent in future 

Since finding fame on Australian Survivor in 2017, Locky has been earning money by bouncing from one reality show to the next, while pocketing extra cash as an influencer – sharing sponsored posts for vitamin brand Optimum Nutrition on Instagram.  

In 2020, he returned to Australian Survivor for the All Stars season, before appearing on The Bachelor in 2021 and SAS Australia in 2022. 

He was reportedly paid $30,000 to appear on SAS Australia.   

Fame game: Since finding fame on Australian Survivor in 2017, Locky has been earning money by bouncing from one reality show to the next, while pocketing extra cash as an influencer - sharing sponsored posts for vitamin brand Optimum Nutrition on Instagram

 Fame game: Since finding fame on Australian Survivor in 2017, Locky has been earning money by bouncing from one reality show to the next, while pocketing extra cash as an influencer – sharing sponsored posts for vitamin brand Optimum Nutrition on Instagram

He also owns an adventure tourism company in Bali that has been closed for the past few years due to Covid. 

‘In the last 10 years, I mean, I really haven’t worked,’ he told SAS Australia producers. 

‘It blows my mind people get up, they go to work every single day, living a mundane and boring life. I’ve just done whatever I wanted to do, and it’s got me this far,’ he added with a cocky smile.   

Arrogant: On Tuesday's episode of SAS Australia, Locky couldn't resist boasting about undemanding lifestyle, telling producers he hasn't 'really worked in a decade'

Arrogant: On Tuesday’s episode of SAS Australia, Locky couldn’t resist boasting about undemanding lifestyle, telling producers he hasn’t ‘really worked in a decade’ 

Twitter promptly erupted with snarky responses, with one viewer tweeting: ‘Locky is brain dead.. honestly.’  

‘It continues to blow my mind that smart/beautiful women purposely competed to be Locky’s girlfriend in real life,’ added another.

A third viewer meanwhile lashed out at Locky’s ‘white male privilege’ for insulting someone’s way of life while ‘he has had luxuries that majority of people don’t have’.  

The f**king audacity,’ they wrote. 

Ouch: Twitter quickly erupted with snarky comments

Ouch: Twitter quickly erupted with snarky comments 

On Wednesday, Locky issued a grovelling apology on Instagram, blaming bad editing’ for his behaviour and insisting he knows the value of hard work.  

‘I just want to clear things up with the comment I made last night,’ he began. 

‘I never meant it in the way it was edited. What I meant was that I am so lucky that I get to do what I love each and every day.

‘I said I haven’t worked a day in the last 10 years because “when you do what you love, you don’t work a day in your life”.

Apology: On Wednesday, Locky issued a grovelling apology on Instagram, blaming bad editing' for his bad behaviour and insisting he knows the value of hard work

Apology: On Wednesday, Locky issued a grovelling apology on Instagram, blaming bad editing’ for his bad behaviour and insisting he knows the value of hard work

‘When I said I don’t know how people go to work every day, they left out the part where I said to a job they hate. Unfortunately this came across the wrong way.’

The Perth-based Australian Survivor star went on to say that he has ‘done the 12 hour days, seven days a week, working my a** off in the last 10 years of my life’. 

‘I am just doing what I love, so I don’t see it as work,’ he said. 

‘Don’t get me wrong, I have done the hard yards and I respect everyone else that does the same.

What would Irena say? Locky's on-camera comments about the drudgery of work may also have left his own own girlfriend Irena Srbinovska, 32, (right)  feeling offended

What would Irena say? Locky’s on-camera comments about the drudgery of work may also have left his own own girlfriend Irena Srbinovska, 32, (right)  feeling offended 

‘I pinch myself everyday and I am so grateful that I have the life that I have.’

He then drew attention to his ‘beautiful partner’ Irena Srbinovska and her mother, who also works in healthcare, adding: ‘They are both so passionate about their jobs.

‘I love that they get to do what they love. I never meant for it to come across the way it did and I am deeply sorry if my comments offended anyone.’  

Giving back: Irena, who won Locky's heart on The Bachelor two years ago, is a registered nurse who has dedicated her life to helping those in need

Giving back: Irena, who won Locky’s heart on The Bachelor two years ago, is a registered nurse who has dedicated her life to helping those in need 

Irena, who won Locky’s heart on The Bachelor two years ago, is a registered nurse who has dedicated over 10 years of her life to helping those in need. 

While Locky may describe working as ‘mundane’, Irena believes that wearing scrubs every day is ‘rewarding and inspiring’.

‘Life as a nurse is messy, challenging and an endless cycle of shift work but it’s also the most rewarding and inspiring job,’ she wrote on Instagram in 2017.  

‘I am so proud to call myself a nurse and I am so blessed to be surrounded by such incredible nurses everyday.’   

Speaking to Who magazine in 2020, Irena said she felt ‘so guilty about being away from work’ while filming The Bachelor amid the global pandemic. 

Back on the tools: Irena's dedication to nursing was so strong that she returned to work after returning home during The Bachelor temporary filming break

Back on the tools: Irena’s dedication to nursing was so strong that she returned to work after returning home during The Bachelor temporary filming break 

Irena’s dedication to nursing was so strong that she returned to work after returning home during The Bachelor temporary filming break.  

‘When I came back to Melbourne after we had to leave the mansion and I went back to work, the first day felt amazing; I was finally able to do my part,’ she said. 

‘Being a nurse is a huge part of my life. It’s my way of giving back to the community and helps me feel fulfilled.’ 

Irena returned to nursing last month after relocating back home to Melbourne from Perth. 

Small screen career: Locky has been a professional reality star ever since appearing on Australian Survivor in 2017. He returned for the All Stars season in 2020

Small screen career: Locky has been a professional reality star ever since appearing on Australian Survivor in 2017. He returned for the All Stars season in 2020

‘Going back to work has been a challenge, adjusting to a new hospital, new staff and going back to shift work has been a little hard than I thought but going back to work has given purpose, routine and it’s filled my heart with warmth again,’ she wrote to Instagram at the time.   

It comes after Daily Mail Australia revealed Locky was so desperate to stay in the spotlight he was willing to take part in Seven’s SAS Australia free of charge.

A source revealed: ‘He was desperate to go on SAS Australia. It is so on-brand for him because he sees himself as a manly tough guy.

‘He loves being famous and really gets off on people recognising him in public and coming up for selfies.’ 

Reality TV fame: He then appeared as the lead in The Bachelor (pictured), which aired in 2020, where he met his girlfriend Irena

Reality TV fame: He then appeared as the lead in The Bachelor (pictured), which aired in 2020, where he met his girlfriend Irena

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