Celebrities who took part in a live performance to raise money for charity were reportedly paid £10,000, but raised only £4,000 for the cause.
Eight female stars took to the stage to perform the Real Full Monty on ITV to raise breast cancer awareness.
Megan McKenna, Coleen Nolan, Victoria Derbyshire et al stripped off ‘in the name of charity’ but despite their big pay packets, the one-off show raised just £4,000.
Here’s a clip of their routine:
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A TV source reportedly told the Sun:
Viewers were made to think The Real Full Monty: Ladies Night was all about raising awareness and funds for breast cancer.
While it did raise huge awareness and encourage viewers to check their bodies a host of the stars took a massive payday in the name of charity. It’s pretty appalling that this wasn’t made clear to viewers.
Fans will be furious that they pocketed such huge sums.
Some viewers shared their opinion on the whole thing on Twitter, suggesting the celebrities shouldn’t have taken any fee for the charity show.
I thought this was for charity? Why have they taken a fee? They should all be made to donate their £10,000!
I thought this was for charity? Why have they taken a fee? They should all be made to donate their £10,000! #donateyourfee
— Chelsey Gardner (@CJFOXY30) April 11, 2018
Very few celebs do something for nothing quite sad really, it's always the people with very little that give there last penny ?
— Steph Fearns (@stephfearns1980) April 11, 2018
Sorry they shouldn’t of been paid…..should of done it for free …. sorry but it’s charity at the end of the day…. makes me mad!!!
— ✨✨..Nicola ..✨✨ (@nicolaparry77) April 12, 2018
Just remember people when there collecting money for charity THE REAL FULL MONTY LADIES NIGHT raised £4000 then the eight ladies involved take £10,000 each so the charity makes minus £76,000 what a fantastic gesture by all the ladies involved
— raymond bird (@raymondbird1) April 12, 2018
Coleen Nolan – of Loose Women fame – was joined on stage by Victoria Derbyshire and former pop star Michelle Heaton, who had both had mastectomies and were fearful of showing their scars in public.
Ahead of the show, Victoria, who publicly battled breast cancer, said:
This process has made me really happy. I’ve had such a good time. Tonight there might be someone watching who learns something about breast cancer they didn’t know before and it might save their life. And that is massive.
Nolan lost a sister, Bernie, to cancer and her sister Linda revealed she’s terminally ill with cancer after spending years with the all clear.
Hey @NolanColeen Bernie would be SO proud of you ❤️❤️❤️
Well done you, and well done to all your ladies tonight. Magnificent. #TheRealFullMonty @Megan_Mckenna_ @vicderbyshire @SallyDexterUK @HelenLederer @DJSarahJane @wonderwomanshel @ruth_madoc@AshleyBanjo pic.twitter.com/5JZN0hcUJc
— ITV (@ITV) March 29, 2018
Emmerdale‘s Sally Dexter and Hi-De-Hi‘s Ruth Madoc also took to the stage, after sharing their concerns about body image with the viewing public throughout the series, Real Full Monty Live: Ladies Night.
ITV‘s stalwart reality TV show, The Only Way Is Essex, got a look in thanks to Megan McKenna, who came to prominence after appearing on Ex On The Beach.
DJ and presenter Sarah-Jane Crawford was among the eight who went on various excursions, including one to the Moulin Rouge in Paris, to try on the perfect outfit and gain confidence in their sex appeal.
Helen Lederer – who played Catriona in Ab Fab back in the nineties – was also a part of the series, which was inspired by televised efforts to raise awareness for male cancers in 2017.
You can watch the men’s efforts below:
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TOWIE’s James ‘Arg’ Argent, EastEnders actor John Partridge, The Wanted singer Tom Parker, former footballer John Hartson, chef Ainsley Harriot, TV presenters Jeff Brazier and Dominic Littlewood, former rugby international Ugo Monye, Pointless host Alexander Armstrong and Diversity dancer Ashley Banjo all took part.
If you’ve been affected by any of these issues, and want to speak to someone in confidence contact Macmillan’s Cancer Support Line on 0808 808 00 00 (Monday – Friday, 9am – 8pm).