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Reality TV producer defends paying Shane Warne $1million to appear on I’m a Celebrity

Why Shane Warne’s I’m a Celebrity payday was worth every penny: Top producer defends the cricketer’s $1million salary for the 2016 season

Shane Warne is rumoured to have been paid a whopping $1million to appear on the second season of I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! back in 2016.

And now, the show’s executive producer Alex Mavroidakis has defended the decision to pay the retired cricketer, 51, such an eye-watering amount.

Mr Mavroidakis told the TV Reload podcast Shane ‘wasn’t a waste of money’ at all because the viewers he brought with him more than justified his salary.

Reality TV producer has defended paying Shane Warne (pictured) $1 million to appear on I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! Australia in 2016

He explained the show needed a marquee star to boost ratings after the first season of I’m a Celebrity hadn’t quite lived up to expectations. 

‘[Season one] just about did enough for people to be talking about it, but it needed a prestige name for series two to drag people back into the format,’ Mr Mavroidakis said.

‘We put Warnie in on episode two, we teased him through the launch and put him in episode two. I think it launched at 1.1 million and episode two did 890,000 or 900,000. Then you are off and running. There is your million dollars, he just paid for himself.’

Shane starred in season two of the Channel 10 reality show alongside former AFL star Brendan Fevola, DJ Havana Brown, singer Anthony Callea and comedian Akmal Saleh.

It’s rumoured the cricket star earned $1million on top of special treatment such as being allowed to smoke cigarettes.

Cast: During an interview with former Big Brother star Benjamin Norris on Reload podcast, the show's executive producer Alex Mavroidakis (left) said: 'Shane Warne wasn't a waste of money because series one was on the cusp'

Cast: During an interview with former Big Brother star Benjamin Norris on Reload podcast, the show’s executive producer Alex Mavroidakis (left) said: ‘Shane Warne wasn’t a waste of money because series one was on the cusp’

Into the jungle: Shane starred in season two of the show alongside former AFL star Brendan Fevola, DJ Havana Brown, singer Anthony Callea and comedian Akmal Saleh

Into the jungle: Shane starred in season two of the show alongside former AFL star Brendan Fevola, DJ Havana Brown, singer Anthony Callea and comedian Akmal Saleh

Meanwhile, the seventh season of I’m a Celebrity premiered on Sunday and stars include Jack Vidgen, Grant Denyer and Abbie Chatfield entered the jungle.

The stars were required to jump 14,000 feet out of a helicopter into a lake.

On Monday night, Robert ‘Dipper’ DiPierdomenico became the latest star to join the cast roughing it on the show.

It's back! Meanwhile, the seventh season of I'm a Celebrity premiered on Sunday and stars include Jack Vidgen, Grant Denyer and Abbie Chatfield entered the jungle

It’s back! Meanwhile, the seventh season of I’m a Celebrity premiered on Sunday and stars include Jack Vidgen, Grant Denyer and Abbie Chatfield entered the jungle 

The former AFL great, 62, entered the camp in a wild west-themed challenge.

His arrival proved to be no easy feat for retired AFL player Travis Varcoe and The Block’s Jess Eva who had to rescue the former Hawthorn player who was tied to a trolley.

Travis and Jess then had to chase a naughty cowboy inside an old Western saloon who had the keys to free Dipper.

He's arrived! On Monday night, Robert 'Dipper' DiPierdomenico became the latest star to join the cast roughing it on the show

He’s arrived! On Monday night, Robert ‘Dipper’ DiPierdomenico became the latest star to join the cast roughing it on the show 

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