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Are Big Brother housemates being paid? Channel 5 denies claims by evicted contestant

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Big Brother bosses have denied that housemates have been paid to appear in the current series.

Former housemate Rebecca Jane made the claim on Twitter today, following her eviction last month.

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In a discussion about why she entered the house, Rebecca said: "Because I was asked, paid, personal reasons, wanted a holiday and I love the show... #ShallIContinue ..."

She then posted: "EVERYONE is paid to be in bb!!!!"

Ellie, Rebecca and Charlotte.
Ellie, Rebecca and Charlotte.

A source added to the Daily Star newspaper: "Before the series of Big Brother started production staff were going around offering fees to lure people to become 2017 housemates.

"The budget isn't massive but anything up to £10,000 was on the cards at one point."

However the insider added that the same plan for the 2016 series was dropped at the last minute.

"When Edemol were casting for the 2016 series all the housemates were going to get a fee and then just weeks before entering the house this was axed," they explained. "No one dropped out as they all really wanted to go on the show – some of them had been planning it for months."

A spokesperson for Channel 5 denied the claims that any of this year's housemates were paid to appear.

They said: "Civilian Big Brother housemates are not paid."

Isabelle and Chanelle.
Isabelle and Chanelle.

However it has been widely accepted that some housemates are approached by producers to take part.

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A spokesperson for the show said previously after both Lotan and Tom revealed they were scouted on Facebook: "Housemates are discovered in various ways and have to go through the selection process."

Big Brother 2017 continues nightly on Channel 5.

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