JOEY Essex is being paid an incredible sum of money to appear on I’m A Celebrity Australia, according to reports.
The reality star is currently one of 12 celebrities participating in the eighth series of the Australian version of the popular ITV show.
The 31-year-old former Towie star made her debut on the Network 10 show, which was filmed in Dungay in September 2021, last week.
And reports claim that Joe was paid £ 211,000 to participate.
A source recently told the Daily Mail Australia: “They needed star power and Joey was able to negotiate a three-figure deal of over AU $ 400,000.”
That’s more than most I’m a Celeb contestants get in the UK, although of course there have been some huge salaries in the past.
In 2019, Caitlyn Jenner earned £ 500,000 for her appearance, with winner Harry Redknapp taking home the same amount in 2018.
The top earning person on I’m A Celeb is Noel Edmonds, who pocketed £ 600,000 as a late addition to the 2018 cast.
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Sources also revealed that there were discussions between Joey and the producers about involving him in a possible “romance” with another campmate.
The source added: “They were hoping to recreate a love story similar to that of Charlotte Crosby and Ryan Gallagher.
“He’s no stranger to reality TV and ITV knew he could deliver what they wanted without a second thought.”
And things are certainly getting red hot between Joey and model Maria Thattil in the Australian jungle.
The 28-year-old Miss Universe Australia 2020 winner said they “really hit it off.”
She confessed: “I like adventurous, creative and open people.”
Joey replied, “I almost have all of those things.
“If there was a sheet of paper with a lot of boxes, I think they would all be marked.”
It comes after Joey was left scared for life when he became disoriented in freezing water surrounded by terrifying creatures in a recent test.
He was a victim of harsh temperatures and became disoriented by losing oxygen, requiring emergency divers to rescue him.
In the challenge, Joey had to swim through an icy, Plexiglass-covered pool to the holes, and when he found the hole, he had to swim into a “block of ice” full of creepy critters to retrieve gold stars.
After reclaiming the stars, Joey had to swim back to hosts Julia Morris and Chris Brown.
But swimming back, he began to run out of oxygen and became very disoriented.
Comedian Julia, who is usually full of jokes, got very serious and called an emergency diver to save Joey from drowning.
Joey is the only British celebrity participating this year, and joined by people such as former NRL player and television host Beau Ryan, radio host Dylan Lewis and Olympic swimmer Emily Seebohm are among the participants.
This is not Joey’s first time on the popular show.
The boy from Essex took fourth place on the UK version of I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here in 2013.
Joey Essex screams in terror as emergency divers rescue him from drowning on I’m A Celebrity Australia