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Mrs Brown’s Boys star Brendan O’Carroll said no to Celebrity Big Brother

Mrs Brown’s Boys star Brendan O’Carroll has revealed he turned down a big money offer from Celebrity Big Brother.


The lead actor from the hit BBC One series reportedly said no to a six-figure deal.

Brendan told the Daily Star newspaper: “I had a tentative chat about Celebrity Big Brother but I just decided it’s not for me.

“I’d be homesick.”

The comedian is far from the only celebrity to have turned down the show.

In 2017, X Factor’s Honey G said she had also turned down “a lot of money” to take part in Celebrity Big Brother’s January series.

Last year’s finalist wanted to be seen as a “credible” artist.


Honey G explained: “I got offered a lot of money to do Celebrity Big Brother but I turned it down.

“I’m not interested in doing reality shows. That’s not what I want to do. I want to put out credible music.”

Speaking to The Sun, Honey G added: “I don’t really like to put myself in a category as a novelty act. I’m a hip-hop artist. I’ve been a musician all my life…

“After all, I do have a degree in music from one of the best universities in the UK.”

As for which celebrities have said yes to the cast, Boris Johnson’s sister Rachel Johnson was the first confirmed name for a women-led series.

Explaining why she signed up, Rachel told the Daily Mail: “It was going to be called Big Sister (it’s ended up being called Celebrity Big Brother: Year Of The Woman), with a ‘classy’ all-female line-up for the launch.


“Female politicians, performance artists, broadcasters. Serious stuff. Big names were duly dropped, and the emphasis on ’empowerment’ rather than ‘ritual humiliation’ promised.”

Celebrity Big Brother will return to Channel 5 in the summer.