ARLENE Phillips "isn't doing I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! for the money" – because she is worth a staggering £6.5 million.
The 78-year-old star made history on Sunday when she became the oldest contestant ever to join the ITV reality show.
Immediately being thrown into the deep end, the former Strictly judge is currently sleeping on the stone floor at Castle Clink's prison while surviving on minimal food.
But insiders have insisted that Arlene did not need to endure the gruelling conditions of I'm A Celeb for her career or her bank balance – and she is purely doing it for the experience.
A source shared: "Arlene is not an older celeb who needs to make a career comeback or needs to top up her pension.
"She still has energy and talent and is wanted by ITV for other shows, including Dancing On Ice, and is back out on the road next year working on a number of stage shows at their auditions."
They added to The Mirror: "She really did just fancy the challenge of I’m A Celebrity which is quite unusual. The appearance fee is a nice bonus."
The publication also stated that Arlene owns a £4.3 million mortgage-free home in London, and holds around £1.2 million in private companies.
Arlene previously admitted that she had turned down I'm A Celeb 10 times before finally signing on the dotted line this year.
She said that she wants to experience new things in her later life, explaining: "I very much want to do lots of different things before I die. And often, it’s things that it’s out of my comfort zone.
"I’ve done a lot of things that I never thought I could do or would do. And who knows what’s going to happen?”
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The star first shot to fame in the 1970s as director and choreographer for British dance troupe Hot Gossip before going on to choreograph West End shows, and then judging on Strictly Come Dancing between 2004 and 2008.
However, she has already faced controversy while in the I'm A Celeb castle after offending some viewers by "joking about OCD".
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