Reality TV producers have their eye on Congress’s most talked-about villain, George Santos.
Santos, who represented Long Island in the US House until just this month, could command as much as $2 million if he joined the reality circuit on shows like The Masked Singer and Celebrity Big Brother.
“I would imagine he will sit at the Sean Spicer earning level on Dancing With The Stars for example – entry level around $125-$150,000,” consumer expert Kate Hardcastle told Daily Mail.
What’s more – his combined earning potential from future opportunities, like book deals and his $400-a-video Cameo, could pad his paycheck even more.
The alleged former drag queen was expelled from congress and faces criminal charges for stealing public funds, falsifying campaign records and lying on disclosure forms.
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So Santos is “100%” being considered for major reality shows, Hardcastle explained.
“From there, there is the opportunity for further earrings – Books, public speaking, workshops – or indeed more Cameo videos where is currently earring $400 a video. One would think there is a limited market to this – but he is still a better earner per video than say – Kenny G! Combined its potentially a $1.5 – $2 million opportunity,” Hardcastle said.
Just one day before he was booted from Congress in a bipartisan vote, the former alleged drag queen told a reporter: “Today, I would not do Dancing with the Stars. Maybe in the future.
Though he may suddenly find himself with a lot of free time, producers at the ABC show have reportedly not considered letting the alleged drag queen shimmy onto the ballroom any time soon.
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Santos could make a good candidate for the “villain cut” at other shows.
His snappy speech to a reporter before he was kicked out on December 1 made the rounds on social media, with many comparing it to speeches made by contestants on the chopping block on RuPaul’s Drag Race.
“Look, you all want a soundbite. It’s the third time we are going through this. I don’t care,” Santos said. “I was sent here by the people of the Third District of New York. I represent them.
“The political class in Washington, D.C., if they want to send me home, if they think this was a fair process, if they think this is how it should be done, and if they’re confident that this is a constitutional way of doing it — God bless their hearts.”
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