As longtime 90 Day Fiance fans know, TLC has been slammed for years for how little they pay their cast members – especially on a hit franchise like 90 Day Fiance. And recently, OG cast member Deavan Clegg came forward with receipts. So, how much does TLC really fork over?
90 Day Fiance: TLC Introduced Deavan Clegg with Jihoon Lee
As veteran 90 Day Fiance fans remember, Deavan Clegg was introduced with Jihoon Lee on the first season of The Other Way. And, the American woman eventually traveled to South Korea to see if she could make her relationship work.
Indeed, with its years on the air and countless spinoffs, the 90 Day Fiance franchise is arguably the most popular and recognized franchise on the network. But, unfortunately, the network has notoriously underpaid its cast – even going so far as to only pay the American participants for their time filming.
TLC Celebs Resort to Other Means to Make a Buck
Even though TLC doesn’t pay a lot out of pocket, there are certain loopholes that become available to 90 Day Fiance cast members that can help them generate revenue. As fans have seen, being on TLC gives everyone the opportunity to grow their social followings – which can translate into money in the bank through paid promotions and more.
On top of that, 90 Day Fiance cast members also make extra money through things like Cameo videos, platforms like OnlyFans and Unfiltrd, and more. So, even though the network doesn’t pay for those opportunities, the TLC exposure certainly opens those doors to those that take advantage of them.
90 Day Fiance: Deavan Clegg Speaks Out – Comes Forward with Receipts
As 90 Day Fiance fans know, Deavan Clegg hasn’t been featured in TLC episodes for some time. Interestingly, though, she recently came forward with receipts on how much the network paid her when she was still filming scenes with Jihoon Lee.
According to Deavan, she was paid $1000 per episode and $1500 for the Tell-All, but, there were caveats. According to the mother of three, she had to pay out of pocket for things like travel costs, parking, and food.
She added that even though they would sometimes be “reimbursed” for things like clothing, the payout wouldn’t be until after the season was finished filming. And in her case, she had to wait almost a year after one of her seasons wrapped to see a paycheck.
According to Deavan, she was “close to breaking even” when all was said and done, but she still didn’t get there. In addition, she said that the network discouraged cast members from doing “promotional work” like podcasts. And, she even said the network told her to stop uploading content to her YouTube channel as well.
Interestingly, though, even though she hasn’t filmed for TLC in some time, Deavan enjoys the luxury of having over 500k social media followers – a number she would not have achieved were it not for her association with the franchise. So, in a sense, it doesn’t seem like a complete loss.
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