Beau Ryan has shed light on his rumoured pay dispute with former Aussie Rules footballer Nathan Buckley on I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!
The former NRL player-turned-TV host, who abruptly left the series during Thursday night’s episode after admitting he missed his family, confirmed to 2DayFM’s The Morning Crew on Friday that there was a pay difference, but no feud.
Morning Crew co-host Erin Molan asked Ryan, 36, what he was paid to appear on the show.
Rumours: Beau Ryan (pictured) has confirmed that he was paid less than Nathan Buckley on I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! appearing on on 2DayFM’s The Morning Crew on Friday, he insisted that there was a pay difference, but no feud
‘I got paid just a little bit less than Bucks (Nathan Buckley),’ he responded.
‘So you were angry about that?’ said co-host and comedian Dave ‘Hughesy’ Hughes. ‘Are you genuinely angry you got paid less than AFL star Nathan Buckley?’
Ryan dismissed claims there was an argument between the two footballers but told the three radio hosts he was unable to refute the pay dispute rumours circulating in the media in December as it verified that he was on the show.
‘No one is talking about money whatsoever’: The former NRL player-turned-TV host dismissed claims there was an argument over pay with AFL star Nathan Buckley (pictured) but said he was unable to refute the pay dispute rumours as it verified that he was on the show
‘The only currency I’m worried about in there is food,’ he said. ‘No one is talking about money whatsoever.’
Beau abruptly quit I’m a Celeb during a late-night discussion with his campmates on Thursday, saying he missed his family and needed to leave.
He said: ‘As you know the last couple of days I’ve been struggling, and today I was a bit broken. It’s been really hard for me. The reason I did this show is to test myself, which I have. I’ve shown Australia the good, bad and ugly of me.
‘I’ve had some moments where I regret, some moments I don’t and I’m proud of everything that’s happened.
Family: Beau quit the show during a late-night discussion with his campmates during Thursday’s episode, saying he missed his family and needed to leave. Pictured with wife Kara and their two children (all pictured)
He said he ‘can’t explain’ how it feels to have met such a wonderful group of people, but needed to be with his wife Kara and their children, Remi, eight, and Jesse, three.
‘I remember growing up and a guy two houses down from me – the dad was always away for work. I don’t want to be that dad,’ he added.
‘My kids need their dad. My wife needs a husband, and I need to find myself back. I came in here to prove myself. I can’t gain anything else from this show. My journey here is over, and I love you guys.’
He then uttered the famous words: ‘I’m a celebrity, get me out of here.’
Not impressed: By leaving the show, he missed out on the chance to win $100,000 for his chosen charity, the Mark Hughes Foundation for brain cancer research
While his co-stars were sympathetic, fans watching at home were divided over Beau’s decision to call it quits.
Several viewers supported his decision to prioritise his family, but others were shocked and disappointed by his exit.
By leaving the show, he missed out on the chance to win $100,000 for his chosen charity, the Mark Hughes Foundation for brain cancer research.
Confused: Others pointed out that Beau spends several months of the year away from his family to film The Amazing Race, so a few weeks in the jungle shouldn’t be an issue
‘You are also leaving your charity, which is why you are there, Beau. Zero respect from me,’ one critic tweeted.
Others pointed out that Beau spends several months of the year away from his family to film The Amazing Race, so a few weeks in the jungle shouldn’t be an issue.
‘If he doesn’t want to be a parent who’s always travelling I wonder if he won’t host Amazing Race anymore?’ one person tweeted.
I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! continues Sunday at 7.30pm on Channel 10
Farewell: He said goodbye to his campmates in emotional scenes. Here with Nathan Buckley