Dancing On Ice's Christine Bleakley is raking it in... because she's so awful

 Phillip Schofield and Christine Bleakley (Dancing On Ice)

Dancing On Ice host Christine Bleakley has been making as much as £400 a MINUTE she's on air.

But it's not because she's so in demand, rather it's because ITV can't find anything else to do with her.

Christine signed a three-year 'golden handcuffs' deal with the channel in 2010 said to be worth £4 million.

However her main role on Daybreak lasted little more than a year and attempts to launch new shows - such as That Dog Can Dance - flopped.

It meant that with just 19 appearances on our tellys in the year ending February 2013, Christine earned an average of more than £24,000 per show.

Fortunately for ITV, Christine's deal expired last summer leading to reports that she was set to take a huge pay cut for this year's final series of Dancing On Ice, down to £12,000 a show.

Still, nothing to be sniffed at.

A source told the Daily Mirror newspaper today: “Christine’s not as popular as she once was, but she still commands mind-boggling amounts of money.

“She’s barely been on TV in the past year but she’s still up there with the top earners.”

Christine’s spokesman declined to comment to the paper.

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