Ulrika in Celeb Big Brother pay row

TV presenter Ulrika Jonsson has reportedly caused a storm over her pay packet for appearing on Celebrity Big Brother, according to the papers.

Although the official line-up of stars on the show will not be confirmed until the series begins on January 2, Jonsson is among those said to be going into the house.

And the News Of The World reports that she is set to pocket a lot more money than her fellow housemates – leading to the inevitable ructions.

The paper says that she will earn £175,000 for her stint on the show, nearly eight times as much as some of the other celebs rumoured to be taking part.

“Many of the celebrities are fuming,” a show insider said.

“When you are doing exactly the same job as someone else and they are getting paid much more, it can cause resentment. But Channel 4 thinks Ulrika is the top-billing celeb because of her past. The revelations she may come out with will get everybody watching—we hope it’s going to be TV dynamite!”

Other famous names said to be taking part in the show include Austin Powers actor Verne Troyer, former Sugababe Mutya Buena, outspoken Scottish politician Tommy Sheridan, Shameless actress Tina Malone and Latoya Jackson, sister of Michael.

The celebrities will enter the house on Friday for three weeks. The show is returning to screens for the first time since the 2007 series, which caused controversy over Jade Goody’s alleged racist bullying of housemate Shilpa Shetty.

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