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How much are the Gogglebox stars paid? – The Sun

GOGGLEBOX has continued to entertain Brits up and down the country, with fans praising the heart-warming interactions of stars who – like us – are tuning into some telly from their sofas in coronavirus lockdown.

Many viewers have been left confused about whether those still appearing on the programme are flouting social distancing rules. But how much are those still filming getting paid?

How much do Gogglebox stars get paid?

Gogglebox is a British reality TV series which has aired regularly on Channel 4 since 2013.

The show involves small groups of family and friends watching a wide variety of shows from the comfort of their living room while sharing their honest thoughts.

Despite the fact that it doesn't sound like too much effort, those who appear on the series are paid a fee.

Producers have never confirmed how much this is and whether it's per person, or per group.

However, The Sun exclusively revealed in 2016 that each household is paid the same monthly allowance of £1,500.

A show insider shared that the fee is then split amongst contributors at their own discretion.

What's more, they also get to tuck into a free takeaway of their choice to keep them fuelled during long filming sessions.

They have to watch 12 hours of telly a week in total – which is divided into two six-hour stints.

This allows most participants to hold down their usual full-time or part-time jobs around filming.

It seems most stars make their extra cash through deals and endorsements they strike thanks to their Gogglebox fame.

Scarlett Moffatt, who appeared on the show until 2016, revealed on I'm A Celebrity that she had paid off her parents' mortgage with her newfound fortune.

Meanwhile, Sandra Martin, who left in 2017, told the Mail On Sunday that she had been making an annual salary of £100,000 thanks to the programme.

Most of the current stars were approached by casting directors.

However, Studio Lambert producers have in the past encouraged viewers with "strong and entertaining" opinions to get in touch with them via email at [email protected]

Despite this, the show's creator Stephen Lambert previously said in 2015 of the casting process that "everybody on Gogglebox has been found and persuaded to be on the show and I think that's the key to why they are likeable and why the show works, because we get to know these people".

At the time, he noted: "We've never advertised for people on Gogglebox."

When is Gogglebox on Channel 4?

The new series of Gogglebox continues TONIGHT Friday, May 22, 2020.

You can catch series 15 of the hit show at 9pm every Friday on Channel 4.

Previous series of Gogglebox have run for 15 episodes and this is likely to be no different.

Viewers can catch up on any missed episodes on Channel 4+1 or online at All4.

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Boris Johnson and Sir Keir Starmer in huge row over whether catching virus in care homes was ‘unlikely’ – The Sun

BORIS Johnson and Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer are in a furious row today about guidance which warned the risk of coronavirus in care homes was “unlikely”.

Labour accused the PM of misleading MPs today when Boris denied it was in official Government documents.

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Mr Johnson denied the guidance had downplayed the risk of COVID-19 in care homes in Prime Minister's Questions today.

Sir Keir told MPs that guidance that was in place until March 13 said: "It remains very unlikely that people receiving care in a care home will become infected.”

He asked: “Does the Prime Minister accept that the Government was too slow to protect people in care homes?”

The Prime Minister responded: “No Mr Speaker it wasn’t true that the advice said that, and actually we brought the lockdown in care homes ahead of the general lockdown.”

"What we’ve seen is a concerted action plan to tackle what has unquestionably been an appalling epidemic in care homes."

He added: "Yes it is absolutely true that the number of casualties has been too high but I can tell the House, as I told (Sir Keir) last week and indeed this week, the number of outbreaks is down and the number of fatalities in care homes is now well down."

The official guidance on the Government's website, which was first published on February 25, read: "This guidance is intended for the current position in the UK where there is currently no transmission of COVID-19 in the community.

"It is therefore very unlikely that anyone receiving care in a care home or the community will become infected. This is the latest information and will be updated shortly."

It was withdrawn on March 13.

The PM also pledged an extra £600 million to fighting coronavirus in care homes and controlling new infections.

Care home advice

February 25:

Government advice said it was "unlikely" people would catch coronavirus in care homes because at the time it was published "the current position in the UK where there is currently no transmission of COVID-19 in the community".

March 13 

Advice withdrawn

April 2

Government guidance told hospitals to monitor admission of people into care homes but said they did not require a negative coronavirus test to get care

Care homes told to limit visitors to residents

April 15

Social care action plan announced to allow everyone in care homes to get tested for coronavirus

Sir Keir wrote to the Prime Minister demanding a retraction of his claims the guidance did not say that.

He wrote: "At this time of national crisis, it is more important than ever that Government ministers are accurate in the information they give.

"Given this, I expect you (Mr Johnson) to come to the House of Commons at the earliest opportunity to correct the record and to recognise that this was official Government guidance regarding care homes."

A spokesman for No10 said:"What the leader of the opposition has done is inaccurately and selectively quote from the PHE guidance… he didn't acknowledge the guidance would be updated."

"He concedes he did not accurately quote from the PHE guidance, so no (the PM will not correct the record)."

10,000 unexplained deaths

Sir Keir also slammed the PM for 10,000 "unexplained" excess deaths in care homes which were not labelled as COVID-19 last month, demanding details on how those people died.

He said: “I want to probe the figures the Prime Minister has given us a little bit further.

“The ONS records the average number of deaths in care homes each month. For the last five years, the average for April has been just over 8,000.

“This year, the number of deaths in care homes in April was a staggering 26,000. That’s three times the average, 18,000 additional deaths this April.

“Using the Government’s figures, only 8,000 are recorded as Covid-19 deaths, that leaves 10,000 additional and unexplained care home deaths this April.

“Now I know the Government must have looked into this, so can the Prime Minister give us the Government’s views on these unexplained deaths?”

'Known' coronavirus cases sent into care homes

Sir Keir Starmer quoted a cardiologist who said: "We discharged known, suspected and unknown cases into care homes which were unprepared with no formal warning that patients were infected, no testing was available, and no (personal protective equipment)… we actively seeded this into the very population that is the most vulnerable."

In guidance published April 2, hospitals were told to "clarify with care homes the COVID-19 status of an individual and any COVID-19 symptoms" when transferring patients from hospitals to care homes.

But it said: "Negative tests are not required prior to transfers".

Mr Johnson said: "since the care homes action plan began we are seeing an appreciable and substantial reduction not just in the number of outbreaks, but also in the number of deaths."

But the same week the care home action plan was published on April 15, over 7,000 people died from coronavirus in care homes, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics.


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Stanley Johnson admits he broke lockdown rules as PM welcomed son Wilfred

Charlotte Hawins and Ben Shephard spoke to Stanley Johnson via video on Good Morning Britain earlier today as the Prime Minister’s father shared the story of his war hero father as the UK celebrates VE Day. However, Stanley shocked the hosts when he revealed he broke lockdown rules when he was quizzed on the newest addition to his family. 

Ben asked: “Had they told you Stanley they were thinking of naming him Wilfred?”

Stanley replied: “I’m very glad they didn’t tell me because I would have got into terrible trouble people saying, ‘He’s put money on it,’ and so on and so forth.

“No, I actually broke the lockdown rule, I’ve got to say I broke the lockdown rule, well as a matter of fact my car was pretty much on empty anyway.”

He continued: “I said, ‘There’s bound to be something in the papers,’ so I went to [a] garage, I took the back way by the way.

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“I said, ‘I know I’m not really meant to be out buying a newspaper, I’m sure it’s not an essential journey but I just think there’s something in the paper today about my 14th grandchild.’

“There’s another one coming by the way I can tell you but that’s coming in, hopefully in June or July, which will make me a mixed rugger team of grandchildren.”

More to follow…

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EastEnders' Ian Beale star Adam Woodyatt hits back at offensive fat shamers

There seems to be an unspoken rule among a very small portion of fans that if someone is on TV, then they are fair game for rudeness and personal comments.

But EastEnders legend Adam Woodyatt doesn’t put up with that nonsense – and good for him we say!

The Ian Beale star has been subjected to comments about his weight and appearance and has had meals interrupted for selfie requests but he admits that he has no patience for that kind of behaviour – and is willing to hit back if he needs to.

He said: ‘I’m not a showy person. I try to avoid attention. I’m not your typical luvvie, so I tend to get a quieter time. During the 80s, through to the mid-90s, people did think you were the character and that was it. That has changed for the better. Now, everybody wants a selfie.

‘If I’m having a meal, I’ll ask someone to wait until I’ve finished eating. At this point it usually turns to, “You’re just like your character, you’re rude”.

‘Actually no, you’re the one who is being rude. You’ve come up and interrupted somebody while they’re in the middle of doing something. Have some patience. Have some manners. If anyone is being rude, you are.’

And he told the Mirror that fat-shaming is certainly where he draws the line.

He added: ‘One of the best examples of somebody being rude is when we were at BBC Good Food. This woman looks at me and says, “You’re fatter than you are on the telly”.

‘I said to her, “If I had said that to you, you could go to the papers and say I was being rude, this and that. I’m sorry, I don’t like the way you spoke to me”.

‘She said “I didn’t mean it” and went off. A little while later a bloke has leant across the stand and literally patted my stomach and said, “You’ve put on some timber”.

‘Because of what had happened with this woman, I turned around and said, “You’ve lost all your hair, haven’t you?” and walked off. What gives somebody the right to say that to someone just because you’re on TV?

‘If somebody comes up to you and they’re nice, I’ll be nice. If they’re rude and offensive, I’ll be rude and offensive back.’

Sounds fair enough to us!

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Fans vote for top 50 sport stars of all time with Jordan top of the list and Lionel Messi beating Cristiano Ronaldo – The Sun

MICHAEL JORDAN has been named the greatest sportsperson of all-time by fans across the globe.

The basketball superstar won six NBA titles in his glittering career along with a brief venture into baseball and, of course, Hollywood thanks to Space Jam.

Top 50 sports stars of all-time (50-26)

50. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (football)

49. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson (WWE)

48. Ian Thorpe (swimming)

47. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (basketball)

46. Chris Hoy (cycling)

45. Serguei Bubka (pole vaulting)

44. Drew Brees (American football)

43. Tony Hawk (skateboarding)

42. Zinedine Zidane (football)

41. Barry Sanders (American football)

40. Michael Vick (American football)

39. Haile Gebrselassie (athletics)

38. Brett Favre (American football)

37. Magic Johnson (basketball)

36. Floyd Mayweather Jr (boxing)

35. Jackie Robinson (baseball)

34. Larry Bird (basketball)

33. Carl Lewis (athletics)

32. Kobe Bryant (basketball)

31. Derek Jeter (baseball)

30. Michael Johnson (athletics)

29. Peyton Manning (American football)

28. Daley Thompson (athletics)

27. Mike Tyson (boxing)

26. Serena Williams (tennis)

*According to TheTopTens

And Jordan beat the likes of Muhammad Ali, ice hockey star Wayne Gretzky and baseball legend Babe Ruth to the title of GOAT, according to fan poll site TheTopTens.

Amazingly, Serena Williams (26th) is the only female star to be voted into the top 50.

Swimming icon Michael Phelps – a 23-time Olympic gold medallist – completes the top five, with Jamaican sprint king Usain Bolt close behind.

All-round sporting phenomenon Jim Thorpe – who played baseball, basketball and American football, as well as competing in the pentathlon and decathlon – comes in next.

He's followed by Bo Jackson – a baseball and American football star.

The first non-North American sports star to make the list is Pele, with the Brazilian football legend in ninth, ahead of tennis ace Roger Federer.

From there, there's a wide array of sports covered, including WWE, boxing, pole-vaulting, cycling, skateboarding and golf.

Among the biggest names, Tiger Woods ranks 21st – with Lionel Messi (14th) edging out Cristiano Ronaldo (15th) by a single place.

Top 50 sports stars of all time (25-1)

25. John Cena (WWE)

24. Jim Brown (American football)

23. Jerry Rice (American football)

22. Gordie Howe (ice hockey)

21. Tiger Woods (golf)

20. Tom Brady (American football)

19. Wilt Chamberlain (basketball)

18. Don Bradman (cricket)

17. Jesse Owens (athletics)

16. Bobby Orr (ice hockey)

15. Cristiano Ronaldo (football)

14. Lionel Messi (football)

13. Bruce Lee (martial arts)

12. LeBron James (basketball)

11. Joe Montana (American football)

10. Roger Federer (tennis)

9. Pele (football)

8. Bo Jackson (baseball/American football)

7. Jim Thorpe (athletics, American football, baseball and basketball)

6. Usain Bolt (sprinting)

5. Michael Phelps (swimming)

4. Babe Ruth (baseball)

3. Wayne Gretzky (ice hockey)

2. Muhammad Ali (boxing)

1. Michael Jordan (basketball)

*According to TheTopTens

But not everyone is happy with the list and some have taken to Twitter to rant, with one writing: "American List… Americans yet again thinking they are the whole world."

Another tweeted: "John Cena? How can you even take this seriously?"

A third posted an image of Michael Schumacher running in determined manner, captioned: "Me on my way to find whoever came up with this travesty of a list."

One added: "How is Federer in the top 10 while Nadal's isn't even in top 50?"

Another argued: "Bias towards Americans and their lack of acknowledgement for sport worldwide. Zlatan & Pele over Maradona or Best?

"No Phil Taylor for darts, only Bradman for cricket, no Senna or Fangio and many other sports missed… plus Tyson would've destroyed Ali in both their primes."


The NBA legend is not only the greatest basketball player of all-time, but quite possibly the greatest sportsman of all-time.

While the likes of Federer, Woods and even current NBA star LeBron James have attempted to wrestle that mantle from Jordan, it's hard to look past MJ.

Not only the most incredible player on the basketball court, Jordan is a man of many other talents, including being a talented baseball player and golfer.

Then there's his business empire, with Jordan worth well over £1billion.

During his 13 seasons as a basketball player for the Chicago Bulls, Jordan won the NBA title six times, and the league's Most Valuable Player award five times.

On top of that he was named Finals MVP six times, NBA All-Star 12 times (14 in total) amongst dozens and dozens of accolades, both personal and team.

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