SAS Australia: Why Manu Feildel was paid nothing to appear on the show


SAS Australia has earned a reputation for throwing around big money to attract marquee celebrities.

But one of the recruits on the current season of Channel Seven’s military-style reality show reportedly did not earn a cent for their services. 

Manu Feildel’s appearance on the gruelling program was considered ‘part of his network contract’ with Seven, according to news.com.au.

No fee: SAS Australia is known for writing big cheques to attract celebrities, but one recruit reportedly wasn’t paid at all. Pictured (L-R) Pete Murray, Dan Ewing, Manu Feildel, Sam Burgess

The celebrity chef, 47, bowed out of the contest last Wednesday, later admitting he was ‘freaking out’ at the prospect of some of the more daunting challenges, like crawling through a narrow pipe.

‘Claustrophobia is something I suffer from,’ the former My Kitchen Rules judge told The Morning Show after his exit. 

Meanwhile, retired NRL star Sam Burgess had the highest pay day of the entire cast.

The 32-year-old is being paid between $150,000 and $200,000 for his appearance on the brutal program, reports The Daily Telegraph

No bonus? Former MKR judge Manu Feildel's (pictured) appearance on the gruelling program was considered 'part of his network contract' with Seven, according to news.com.au

No bonus? Former MKR judge Manu Feildel’s (pictured) appearance on the gruelling program was considered ‘part of his network contract’ with Seven, according to news.com.au

Well paid: Retired NRL star Sam Burgess (pictured) had the highest pay day of the entire cast, with The Daily Telegraph reporting he earned between $150,000 and $200,000

Well paid: Retired NRL star Sam Burgess (pictured) had the highest pay day of the entire cast, with The Daily Telegraph reporting he earned between $150,000 and $200,000

Next in line is tennis player Mark Philippoussis, 44, who is estimated to be earning $100,000. 

Model Erin Holland, 32, is getting between $60,000 and $80,000 while footballer Heath Shaw, 35, actress Isabelle Cornish, 27, athlete John Steffensen, 39, and tennis player Alicia Molik, 38, are on about the same amount. 

Singer Pete Murray, 51, athlete Jana Pittman, 38, actor Dan Ewing, 36, runner Jessica Peris, 31, Ironman Jett Kenny, 27, volleyball player Kerri Pottharst, 56, and socialite Brynne Edelsten are estimated to be earning between $50,000 and $70,000. 

Former surfer Koby Abberton, 42, is earning less at between $50,000 and $60,000. 

Nice: Next in line is tennis player Mark Philippoussis, 44, who is estimated to be earning $100,000

Nice: Next in line is tennis player Mark Philippoussis, 44, who is estimated to be earning $100,000

Least: At the bottom of the ladder is former Australian Labor Party member Emma Husar (pictured) who is earning just $25,000

Least: At the bottom of the ladder is former Australian Labor Party member Emma Husar (pictured) who is earning just $25,000

At the very bottom of the ladder is former Australian Labor Party member Emma Husar, 41, who is earning just $25,000. 

Daily Mail Australia has contacted Channel Seven for comment. 

It follows news that retired cricketer Michael Clarke ‘pulled out’ of the next season of SAS Australia due to a back injury. 

The 40-year-old reportedly backed out of the Channel Seven show shortly after the premiere of the current season.

Money: Model Erin Holland, 32, is getting between $60,000 and $80,000 while footballer Heath Shaw, 35, actress Isabelle Cornish, 27, athlete John Steffensen, 39, and tennis player Alicia Molik, 38, are on about the same amount

Money: Model Erin Holland, 32, is getting between $60,000 and $80,000 while footballer Heath Shaw, 35, actress Isabelle Cornish, 27, athlete John Steffensen, 39, and tennis player Alicia Molik, 38, are on about the same amount

According to The Daily Telegraph, Michael initially signed up for the military-style show with a $750,000 asking fee and had already signed a contract. 

Season three of the hit show is due to begin filming in current weeks, but Michael, who has suffered chronic back pain throughout his sporting career, pulled the pin after seeking medical advice and treatment.  

SAS Australia continues Monday at 7:30pm on Channel Seven

Out: It comes after news hat retired cricketer Michael Clarke (pictured) has 'pulled out' of the next season of SAS Australia due to a back injury

Out: It comes after news hat retired cricketer Michael Clarke (pictured) has ‘pulled out’ of the next season of SAS Australia due to a back injury 



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