Abbie Chatfield was offered 'a lot of money' to attend races: 'F**k no'

Abbie Chatfield has revealed that she was offered a significant amount of money to attend a horse racing event over the weekend but turned it down because it didn’t align with her beliefs.

The radio host, who recently admitted that she once rejected a $50,000 brand deal because she refused to work with a fast fashion brand, took to her Instagram Stories on Sunday to question why so many celebrities attended Derby Day.

Abbie Chatfield's Instagram Stories.
Abbie Chatfield has revealed that she turned down a significant amount of money to attend a horse racing event over the weekend. Photos: Instagram/abbiechatfield

“Guys, I thought we were done with the races,” she said. “Like, I thought that wasn’t a thing anymore. Why are so many people going to the races? What the hell?”

In a follow-up post, Abbie said she had received “snarky” messages from people asking her if she was even invited to the event.

“Yeah, I was offered money to go,” she replied. “A lot of money, and I said, ’F**k no’.

“I don’t even know what I was offered this year. My agent literally called me and he was like, ‘So, something something something, races, I’m going to assume no’. And I was like, ‘No’. He was like, ‘Yeah, I already knew that but I thought I’d just tell you because of the money’, and I was like, ‘Yeah, no, thanks though!’.”


There were a number of stars who attended Derby Day on Saturday, including actress Elsa Pataky, Today host Alison Langdon, The Block star Sharon Johal and models Simone Holtznagel and Erin Holland.

Meanwhile, Abbie attended the 2022 Australian Commercial Radio Awards where she presented the award for Best Newcomer.

Abbie Chatfield at the ACRAs.
Abbie attended the 2022 Australian Commercial Radio Awards in Sydney on Saturday night. Photo: Instagram/abbiechatfield

How do celebrities get paid to attend the races?

Following her initial comments about the races, Abbie shared a series of Instagram Stories responding to a follower who asked her to share more insight into how celebrities are paid to attend.

The Masked Singer panellist explained that TV talent, musicians, MCs and hosts could be paid to either film live crosses for networks or work in various tents, while influencers can earn money through branded posts.

“You can get paid by a clothing brand that isn’t even affiliated with the races,” she detailed. “A clothing brand can ask you to wear their stuff and they’ll get you a ticket to the races and they’ll pay you to wear that and upload a photo in it.

“You can get paid to go to a certain tent, like for example an alcohol brand tent or whatever, and then upload a photo in the tent.

“And then also people are getting paid because maybe it’s in their contract that they have to go to the races and wear something or drink a certain drink or do something like that because they have a year-long contract with a brand and they have to go to the races.”

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