CELEBRITY Gogglebox stars Martin and Roman Kemp are being paid £12,000 for the easiest job ever – slouching on the sofa watching telly.
The father-and-son duo have picked up the cheque to take part in the latest series of the Channel 4 hit which airs every Friday night.
But Spandau Ballet bassist Martin and Capital Radio DJ Roman, who featured in I’m A Celebrity last year, are getting more than just the small matter of £2,000 each per episode.
They have also been given an all-expenses budget to splash out on food and booze while glued to the box. Tasty bit of work, that, if you can get it.
A TV insider said: “Getting on to Celebrity Gogglebox is an absolute coup for most stars because it has to be one of the easiest jobs around.
“You just sit and watch TV while having a good old chat — and get paid mega- money to do it.
“On top of the £2,000 per episode the pair pocket for taking part, there is also an unlimited kitty for constant takeaways, booze and snacks.
“It’s the best job on the box and it’s not surprising so many people are clamouring to take part.”
Martin and Roman, who have started selling them-selves as a TV double act, are laughing all the way to the bank after enjoying a string of big-money gigs over the past year.
As well as picking up the easy money for Gogglebox, they can currently be seen in a Volkswagen car ad on ITV where they take a spin through some of the channel’s most famous shows.
They have also enjoyed a bumper payday for new ITV series Martin & Roman’s Sunday Best.
The 22-episode series that will kick off this Sunday sees them present a mix of celebrity chat and live music.
Their savvy agent negotiated them a killer £450,000 package for that.
I’m definitely in the wrong line of work, I reckon.
Birthday suit takes cake, Joel
Joel Dommett looks like he is auditioning for The Masked Singer.
The hunky host’s crazy outfit was in fact to celebrate turning 34 – as he wore a giant inflatable birthday cake, matching crown and . . . nothing else.
Funnyman Joel posted an image of his caper, and party balloons on Instagram.
Ongoing lockdown restrictions meant he had to enjoy his big day at his home in London.
But he did at least have model wife Hannah Cooper to keep him company.
The couple have been using their house as a base for making his ITV2 lockdown show Home Alone With Joel Dommett.
But Monday was a chance for Joe to relax, enjoy a little birthday tipple – and show off his body.
I bet his fans won’t mind a piece of that.
E4’s Big Brother: Best Shows Ever Show begins on Sunday by revisiting the 2000 episode when “Nasty” Nick Bateman was confronted over his backstabbing ways by his fellow housemate Craig Phillips.
Paul in tilt at racists
He is a star to fans of Normal People – but Paul Mescal is now a hero, too, after chasing racist youths who abused his co-star during filming.
The actor, who stars as Connell Waldron in the BBC Three drama, leapt to the defence of Aoife Hinds, whose character has a brief fling with his.
Aoife is the daughter of Vietnamese-born artist and designer Helene Patarot, and Irish actor Ciaran Hinds, who was Aberforth Dumbledore in the Harry Potter movies.
Aoife said: “A group of pre-teens ran up to us and started shouting at me ‘Chink!’ – we were all baffled.
“Paul started towards them as they were running off. I told him not to bother, as I wanted to brush if off, but that was a defence mechanism.
“It just goes to show how racism is ingrained in our society.”
WHAT? Murder In The Outback, C4, 9pm.
WHY? The finale of this four-part docu-series on the disappearance of Brit Peter Falconio in Australia focuses on evidence suggesting the wrong man was jailed for his killing.
Wossy's 'pub' quiz
Telly favourites Jonathan Ross, Stephen Fry and Scarlett Moffatt turned quizmasters for a night to raise nearly £340,000 for charity.
The game-for-a-laugh trio appeared on YouTube lockdown hit the Virtual Pub Quiz, which is run by car salesman Jay Flynn, of Darwen, Lancs.
The fun was to raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK, which has seen its income plunge by 45 per cent during the econonic downturn caused by Covid-19.
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