A report by The Daily Telegraph in September has revealed the whopping salaries the SAS Australia 2021 stars are being awarded for their participation in the Special Forces selection course — and TBH, we’d want to be paid the big bucks too if the Directing Staff want us to do even a fraction of what’s expected of the recruits!
The show’s big-ticket recruit, former NRL star Sam Burgess, has the cast’s biggest payday, with the 32-year-old reportedly receiving between $150,000 and $200,00 for his stint on SAS Australia. Close behind him is champion tennis player Mark Philippoussis who is raking in an eye-watering $100,00o.
On a lower, though still impressive, band of pay is footballer Heath Shaw, tennis star Alicia Molik, track athlete John Steffensen and actress Isabelle Cornish, who are all cashing in cheques that range between $60,000 and $80,000.
Model and cricket presenter Erin Holland‘s salary is reported to be around the same mark, which isn’t bad considering the 32-year-old was the second recruit to drop out of the brutal challenge after only a few days!
Salaries between $50,000 and $70,000 are reportedly going to duel-Olympian Jana Pittman, Home and Away‘s Dan Ewing, sprinter Jessica Peris, ironman Jett Kenny, volleyball star Kerri Pottharst and socialite Brynne Edelsten, as well as singer Pete Murray, who was medically withdrawn in the fourth episode after suffering a dislocated elbow during a combat challenge.
Former pro surfer, Bra Boy, and series menace Koby Abberton is raking in a little less moola, with his salary ranging between $50,000 and $60,000. Former Australian Labor Party member Emma Husar is only taking home $25,000, while celebrity chef Manu Feildel is leaving empty-handed, with The Daily Telegraph speculating his appearance is likely part of his contract with Channel 7.
With filming of SAS Australia season three on the horizon, the 2021 cast’s salaries were revealed after cricketer Michael Clarke withdrew from the next series due to a back injury, despite reportedly already signed a contract with a very attractive $750,000 asking fee. It is said that Michael has been suffering ongoing back pain throughout his sporting career and made the decision to pull out from the Special Forces selection course after seeking medical advice.
SAS Australia 2021 is currently unfolding on Channel 7, Monday through Wednesday nights at 7:30pm.
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