He became the first contestant to be booted from the jungle on this year’s I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!
And Tom Arnold is now suing Network Ten and A List Entertainment for alleged fraudulent and negligent misrepresentation and breach of oral contract.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the 58-year-old comedian filed a legal suit on Thursday in LA County Superior Court, in which he claims the network reneged on its promise of a comedy tour after his appearance on the reality show, and still owes him $185,000.
Legal battle: Tom Arnold has filed a lawsuit against Network Ten and A List Entertainment for fraud, claiming he’s owed $185,000
The Hollywood star’s legal team claims his contract with the Australian broadcaster promised $560,000 as a package deal for his appearance in the jungle as well as a stand-up comedy tour afterwards.
‘It was agreed orally and confirmed in writing that the guaranteed compensation to be paid for the two engagements — as a package — would be US$425,000,’ the actor’s attorney Marty Singer stated in the court documents.
‘Plaintiffs agreed to the deal and blocked off Arnold’s schedule in prime summer months when he typically receives his best engagements and highest compensation,’ Marty added.
Breach of contract? The 58-year-old’s attorney alleges that Tom’s contract promised $560,000 as a package deal for his appearance on I’m A Celebrity as well as a comedy tour
Blaming the editing: It’s also claimed that the show’s editing of Tom’s 17-day stint undermined his comedic talents, and that Ten failed to honour the tour component of the contract
It’s also claimed that the show’s editing of Tom’s 17-day stint undermined his comedic talents, and that Ten failed to honour the tour component of the contract.
‘Network Ten ensured Arnold that its depiction of Arnold on the Program would not endanger the Australian comedy tour,’ Tom’s attorney added.
According to Ten’s publicity representative, the network is unaware of ‘any legal proceedings’.
Ten’s response: A spokesperson for the broadcaster told Daily Mail Australia on Friday: ‘All amounts owed to Tom Arnold by Network Ten have been paid’
‘All amounts owed to Tom Arnold by Network Ten have been paid. We have fully discharged all our obligations to Tom Arnold. And we have received no notice of any legal proceedings,’ a spokesperson for the network told Daily Mail Australia on Friday.
DMA has also reached out to Tom’s representatives for comment.
Meanwhile, back in February, the former Roseanne star told his Twitter followers that he was attracted to the show for the huge pay packet.
Cashing in? Meanwhile, the former Roseanne star shared a cryptic tweet in February in which he claimed he was paid upwards of $920,000 for his appearance
In a cryptic response to a fan’s question, Tom appeared to claim that he was to be paid over $900,000 for his appearance.
One fan asked: ‘What convinced you to do I’m A Celeb in Australia?’
‘$600k $700k Feed fam? Out of comfort zone. Scared. Embarrassed,’ the actor responded.
If he was to be paid $700,000 in US currency, Channel 10’s fees would blow out to a whopping $920,000.
‘Grumpy old man’: His short-lived stay in the South African jungle left a poor impression on viewers, who called for him to be booted for being a ‘grumpy old man’ and being ‘lazy’
During his short-lived stay in the South African jungle, Tom failed to strike a chord with I’m A Celebrity viewers, with fans early on in the show calling for Tom to be booted for being a ‘grumpy old man’ and being ‘lazy’.
His lack of movement and love of sleeping saw fans on Twitter label blast him for not taking part in camp fun alongside other celebrities.
‘Leave the jungle Tom Arnold…grumpy old man,’ one viewer tweeted.
‘Tom Arnold had better get a LOT more interesting REAL soon,’ another fan wrote.
The legal drama comes just days after Ten announced they are entering voluntary administration.
‘Leave the jungle Tom Arnold…grumpy old man,’ one viewer Tweeted earlier this year