Celebrity Big Brother pay scale 2017: CBB's highest paid housemates of all time revealed - including the lucky star who bagged a cool $1million

CBB bosses don't mind splashing the cash to get their dream housemates - here's how much the celebrities actually get paid

Celebrity Big Brother returned to our TV screens in style last night, with 15 new housemates being voluntarily locked up for the foreseeable future.

In a surprise twist, announced by host Emma Willis, this year there will be NO prize money for the eventual winner.

Instead the champion of CBB series 20 will receive £50,000 for a charity of their choice.

The likes of Sarah Harding , Paul Danan, Jemma Lucy and Sam Thompson will now be battling it out to win cash for a good cause rather than lining their own pockets.

Emma Willis revealed the surprise twist on launch night
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Glamour model Jemma Lucy on the launch night
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Sarah Harding was looking stylish in a black suit as she made her way into the house

With no prize money up for their grabs, salaries for an appearance on the channel 5 will have to be worthwhile to keep the celebrities going until the bitter end.

As you’d expect, none of the housemates ever actually discuss their salary or confirm the rumours about who is paid what so there’s no word on whether the reported six-figure deals are actually accurate.

One thing is for sure, Channel 5 are never afraid to dig deep when it comes to securing their dream housemates.

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Katie speculated as to how much Jemma Lucy was being paid

On last night's spin off Bit On The Side, Katie Price made a suggestion as to how much her arch enemy Jemma Lucy could be cashing in for her appearance.

"You didn't pay £50,000 for Jemma. She is worth nothing," Katie blasted.

A quick search through the archives shows plenty of celebrity housemates linked to eye-watering salaries over the years ranging from Ray J ’s record breaking seven-figure sum to a more modest but still amazing £150,000.

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Here’s the rumoured Top 10 salaries for CBB housemates:

Ray J - Series 19, 2017

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The rapper is rumoured to be the highest paid contestant in CBB history. He's famous for being Brandy's brother, dating Whitney Houston, and making that infamous sex tape with then-girlfriend Kim Kardashian.

According to reports, American musician Ray J was earning a huge $1 million (£810,000) to appear which, if true, makes him the highest paid CBB housemate in history.

According to TMZ , producers have also thrown in $30,000 (£24,000) to cover the musician's travel and hotel costs in the UK. (Though Ray J's manager declined to comment.)

Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt - Series 19, 2017

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The husband and wife duo finished runner up in CBB 11 in 2013, the series won by Rylan Clark-Neal. They found fame on US scripted reality show The Hills and tied the knot on screen.

David Gest - Series 17, 2016

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Late music producer and personality David appeared on CBB 17 in 2016 and was involved in one of the show's most infamous moments: when fellow housemate Tiffany Pollard mistakenly thought he'd died rather than David Bowie. Sadly, Gest did pass away a few months later.

Kate Price - Series 17, 2016

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The Pricey was a surprise late entrance to CBB's 17th series and ended up winning. But her experience in the house was marred because of a painful wound on her chest caused by a boob job procedure before she arrived.

Katie Hopkins - Series 17, 2016

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The outspoken radio personality, columnist and former Apprentice candidate didn't hold back when it came to sharing her opinions in the house. She finished runner up to Katie Price.

Kellie Maloney - Series 14, 2014

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Boxing promoter Kellie Maloney appeared in the 14th series of the show, which was won by US actor Gary Busey. Host Emma Willis called Kellie's exit "bittersweet" as she'd loved watching her on screen.

Janice Dickinson - Series 16, 2015

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Janice, who describes herself as the world's first supermodel, was TV gold in series 16, after making a late arrival on day two.

Jonathan Cheban - Series 17, 2016

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Kim Kardashian's bestie makes frequent appearance on Keeping Up With The Kardashians but only lasted seven days in the house before walking out voluntarily.

Stephanie Pratt - Series 14, 2014

Before Speidi entered the house, Spencer Pratt's younger sister Stephanie gave it a go. Best known for her appearances on The Hills and Made In Chelsea, she struck up a friendship with Gogglebox's George Gilbey in the compound.

Danniella Westbrook - Series 17, 2016

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Former EastEnders star Danniella provided a mother-like figure in the house during her series, which was dominated by the antics of younger housemates including Scotty T and Megan McKenna .

Perez Hilton - Series 15, 2015

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The US gossip blogger was the most controversial contestant of his series, earning himself numerous headlines thanks to his behaviour. He famously staged a fake walkout as part of a task only to stun housemates when he later returned.

Ulrika Jonsson - CBB 6, 2009

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It feels like ages ago Ulrika was on CBB; her series included Michelle Heaton, Austin Powers actor Verne Troyer and Tina Malone. She was the only female housemate to reach the finale and was eventually crowned winner.

Christopher Biggins - Series 18, 2016

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iBiggins had previously won I’m A Celebrity but wasn’t able to repeat that success with CBB. He was axed from the show on day nine after being accused of making an offensive joke about Nazism. He later said he was “mortified” to have caused offence. His removal led to speculation he may not receive his full fee.

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Stephanie Davis - Series, 17, 2016

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Celebrity Big Brother returns for 2017 and Calum Best's bewildered face sums up a lukewarm launch night

The former Hollyoaks star wasn't a household name going into CBB but she certainly is now! She struck up a flirtatious relationship with housemate Jeremy McConnell and kissed him on screen despite having a boyfriend, Sam Reece, on the outside.

The two have enjoyed an on-off romance since leaving the show and share son Caben-Albi,

Not everyone is so lucky, however.

CBB uber villain and most talked about contestant Stephen Bear ? Well, according to reports he only took home £12,000 for his role on the show despite emerging as the most controversial housemate of the year.

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Bear was a familiar face to Ex on the Beach fans ahead of CBB so perhaps that’s why his payday was £12,000. Despite getting the lowest salary of his series, the lothario dominated headlines thanks to his behaviour inside the house which included dumping girlfriend Lillie Lexie Gregg on live TV and hooking up with housemate Chloe Khan .

He later said: “I got paid £12,000 to go on there, [other housemates] get a hundred grand. I would have done it for nothing. All they talked about was, 'I got this much money, I got this much.' Who cares? It's a bit of paper. It's all they talked about in there. It was so boring."

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