STRICTLY Come Dancing star Bruno Tonioli is believed to earn “£33,000 per minute” for his video appearances on this year’s series.
The TV judge, who is currently working in the US, has not appeared in person for a single episode owing to filming clashes with Dancing With The Stars.
As the star is earning half his usual reported £250,000 fee, Bruno is cashing in £125,000 for his appearances on the dance show.
According to the Mail Online, he has appeared for a whole 3 minutes and 46 seconds on the current series after clocking up his airtime.
It means he has earned roughly £33,185 per minute for his fleeting visits.
However, an insider told the publication that Bruno, 65, works far longer than what might appear on screen.
They said: “Bruno is with us for around six hours each week – as with all talent, the time commitment for the show of course far exceeds on-screen time.”
Last month, The Sun revealed that Bruno was forced to take a pay cut over his no-show this series.
He had originally hoped to return for last night’s semi-final, but his plans had been abandoned because of lockdown rules.
Instead, Bruno pops up only via videolink on the Sunday results shows.
It means he will get only about half his usual £250,000 pay packet.
A source told us: “Much of Britain is working from home right now but Bruno is expected, where possible, to be there in person.
“He’s contributed less than he normally would with all of his Italian flamboyance and high- energy performances in the studio, so he was happy to take less than his usual wage.
“After all, it was his decision to focus on the American show while keeping his toe in the UK. There’s no hard feelings.”
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It comes after the TV judge was accused of pre-recording his feedback for the show.
Despite giving personalised feedback to each contestant, viewers at home weren’t convinced that Bruno had actually watched any of it.
At the time, one fan tweeted: “Bruno has been keeping a close eye on performances tonight…. In this pre-recorded VT from three days ago with opinions based on rehearsal footage.”
Another agreed: “Bruno’s blatantly pre-recorded commentary making more sense than it normally does after the dance.”