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Reality TV fans have slammed Channel 7 after the full cast for Big Brother VIP leaked online, with many people labelling the celebrity series “a joke”.
According to Daily Mail, 11 stars are set to compete on the show as filming kicked off on Friday night on a new set in Sydney’s Olympic Park.
Keeping Up With The Kardashians star Caitlyn Jenner, MAFS contestant Jessika Power and Meghan Markle’s estranged half-brother Thomas Markle Jr were previously leaked contestants, with Caitlyn rumoured to be making $500,000 from the show.
Another American celebrity has seemingly joined the cast, with People claiming Donald Trump’s former advisor Omarosa Manigault Newman will be a part of the series for a reported $450,000.
The 47-year-old was a contestant on the first-ever season of The Apprentice in 2004 and again on All-Star Celebrity Apprentice in 2013, before becoming an assistant to President Trump when he won the election.
Omarosa also appeared on Celebrity Big Brother and released a tell-all book, Unhinged.
Also joining the cast is Imogen Anthony, who dated radio host Kyle Sandilands for eight years before calling it quits in 2019.
AFL player Dayne Beams and NRL player Matt Cooper, who previously competed on Dancing With The Stars in 2014, are also heading into the Big Brother house alongside 31-year-old model Josh Carroll.
Luke Toki, who competed on Australian Survivor in 2017 and Australian Survivor: Champions vs. Contenders in 2019, was also spotted filming the reality show.
Rounding up the cast is actor Bernard Curry, best known for roles in Wentworth and Home and Away, and model/actress Ellie Gonsalves, who appeared opposite The Rock in the 2019 film Fighting With My Family.
Controversial far-right commentator Katie Hopkins was originally set to join the series before her visa was cancelled when she bragged about trying to break hotel quarantine rules.
Despite being deported, it’s rumoured that she still received her full $200,000 paycheque from production company Endemol Shine due to a clause in her contract.
Fans on social media have shared their reactions to the full ‘star-studded’ cast, with many saying that they are extremely underwhelmed.
“It’s a joke and insulting to Australia,” one person shared.
“Has there ever been a greater bunch of unknowns on an Australian ‘celebrity’ show before?” another added.
“Definitely NOT worth watching! Who is responsible for choosing these people?” someone else remarked.
Big Brother season 3 winner Regina Sorensen also tweeted her disappointment with the casting news, saying she has “no words”.
Yahoo Lifestyle has contacted Channel Seven for comment.
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