‘Celebrity Big Brother’ Season 2: How Much Is the Cast Getting Paid for the Show?

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Julie Chen on Celebrity Big Brother | CBS

Every season of Celebrity Big Brother shows celebrities fighting to stay in the Big Brother house. In the end, the last one in the house gets a grand prize. But the whole cast does get paid for being on the show and sticking around. So how much are they taking home? Here is what the Season 2 cast is getting paid and how it compares to what the Season 1 cast.

The Celebrity Big Brother Season 2 cast will make $100,000 just for going into the house

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Most reality shows pay cast members just for starting the season to give them the incentive to sign up. According to TMZ, the cast for Season 2 will be making $100,000 just for entering the house. This is actually a decrease from the show’s first season when the cast was reportedly paid $200,000 for entering the house.

The Season 2 winner will get $250,000

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The celebrities will most likely get more money the longer they stay in the house. According to TMZ, the Season 2 winner will get $250,000 which would be another decrease from the Season 1 report that claimed the winner of Season 1 would get $500,000.

Julie Chen previously revealed that she took a pay cut to host Celebrity Big Brother

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The money for Celebrity Big Brother is a bit tighter because it’s a shorter run than Big Brother. That also affected host, Julie Chen’s paycheck. She revealed how her husband, who the CBS chief at the time, Les Moonves told her that she had to take a pay cut.

He comes home from dinner and says in a very Godfather, mafioso-style, ‘Jules, you tell your lawyer this is not a negotiation. This is what the deal is and you’re going to accept it.’ And I said, ‘Is that the way you speak to your wife?'” she told The Hollywood Reporter.

Chen then went into his reasoning for it. “He said, ‘You tell your attorney this is not a game we’re playing. Everyone’s taking a haircut,'” and “This is the only way it will make sense financially. You shouldn’t be expected to be paid as if it’s a full series. It’s a condensed version.'”

Some questioned whether Julie Chen would return for Season 2 given Moonves is no longer CBS chief after multiple sexual assault allegations came out against him. Chen was still hosting Big Brother Season 20 when she showed her support for him by signing off at the end of an episode with “From outside the Big Brother House, I’m Julie Chen Moonves. Good night.” Chen also left her position of being a co-host on The Talk and has been replaced with Carrie Ann Inaba.

It’s interesting the salaries of the second season is reportedly half what they were the previous season. Fans will have to watch Season 2 to see which celebrity will get the grand prize.

Read more: This Is When ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ Season 2 Will Air

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