Noel Edmonds WHOPPING I’m a Celebrity fee makes him highest paid campmate ever

Noel Edmonds wages

by Marianna Manson |
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Ahead of the hotly anticipated return of I’m A Celebrity to our screens later this month, some of the contestants fees have apparently been disclosed – and Noel Edmonds’ can only be described as eye-watering

It’s so high, in fact, that it’s been reported it’s the highest ever on the show.

With the figure at £600k, Noel is earning £100k more for his stint in the jungle than the alleged next highest earner, football manager Harry Redknapp – and he’s not even there for the full two weeks.

ITV bigwigs have had their eye on Noel – of Mr Blobby and Deal or No Deal fame – since the series began, according to insiders… which could go some way to explaining the extortionate price tag on his head.

“Bosses for I’m A Celebrity have been trying to sign Noel for years,” a source told The Sun. “He’s their dream signing.”

“They have really pushed the boat out this year in terms of signings and have spent more than ever before. Harry and Noel are over £1million between the two of the them, And they’ve spent good money on the likes of Nick Knowles and Rita Simons too. The bookers have been earning and spending their cash well this year.”

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“They’ve spent so much that there’s only 11 contestants planned at the moment,” the source continued. “That’s the first time since 2007 it’s been so few, but the characters will make up for it.”

It was announced yesterday that Noel would be joining the stars in the jungle at this season’s late arrival.

It’s thought that Noel has finally agreed to come on the show this year following a difficult time.

“He’s been to hell and back over the last few years,” said a friend. “He’s lost a lot of weight and looks very different. He came really close the edge and wants to tell everyone on the biggest stage on TV just how much he’s been through."

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