Celebrity Big Brother’s most recent series has only just finished but speculation over who might join the next series has already started – with Benefits Street’s White Dee reportedly among candidates.
The Sun on Sunday reports that the unemployed mum – real name Deirdre Kelly – who has become an unlikely celebrity after appearing on the controversial Channel 4 show, is top of producers’ wishlists, and could pocket a £60,000 fee for taking part.
However sources have said that Dee might not prove too popular with the authorities if she does take part in the show.
“Channel 5 bosses are desperate to sign up Dee,” a source told the paper. “They think she will be brilliant. But the move is definitely a controversial one because anyone who is claiming benefits can only do so legally if they are not working.
“Dee will be earning money in one of the most public ways possible. So unless she stops collecting her benefits, her actions will interest the authorities.
The insider added: “Her behaviour on Benefits Street has made it very clear that she has a good knowledge of the welfare system and she will definitely know the rules.”
Benefits Street – which follows life among residents of James Turner Street in Birmingham – is due to air its finl episode on Channel 4 on Monday night, followed by a live debate about the show.
Dee appeared on a Channel 5 benefits debate last Monday which saw her go head to head with controversial TV personality Katie Hopkins.
Celebrity Big Brother will return to screens later this year, following an explosive recent series which was won by Jim Davidson.