Caitlyn Jenner is not joining "Celebrity Big Brother," nor was she offered $1.3 million to compete on the U.K. reality show, despite reports. Gossip Cop can exclusively correct these stories, which stemmed from one piece of fake news.
On Thursday, the Daily Star falsely announced, "CBB bosses offer Caitlyn Jenner PS1m to do show." The British tabloid claimed the transgender star "met the producers of the Channel 5 show last week." The paper quoted a so-called "insider," who alleged "bookers are really keen to have Caitlyn in the house" for this summer's season.
"They know she'd be TV gold so they're prepared to break the bank for her," the outlet's supposed source maintained, speculating that she "would push ratings through the roof." The publication implied Jenner was not only considering the opportunity, but also claimed she "reckons she is worth even more cash to appear."
The allegations were quickly picked up by a number of other newspapers and webloids on both sides of the Atlantic, including The Sun, New York Post, and the Huffington Post. But it seems no one bothered to check with producers or Jenner's spokesperson to find out if the assertions were accurate. Gossip Cop, however, spoke with the "I Am Cait" star's rep, who exclusively tells us the $1.3 million offer is "not true." Furthermore, Jenner has no plans to join "Celebrity Big Brother" regardless.
But type "Caitlyn Jenner Celebrity Big Brother" into Google right now, and the top results are all about the Olympian joining the show. The search engine is populated with all the untrue and not fact-checked stories, which is indicative of problems with not just Google, but also with these outlets and the shoddy journalism that is practiced. There was a similar issue just a few days ago.
The Sun reported Jenner was the victim of a hate crime after leaving the LGBT Awards in London. The tabloid claimed she was verbally abused and even had something thrown at her. A number of other publications, such as the Daily Mail, quickly regurgitated the allegations. But when Gossip Cop investigated, a rep for Jenner was unaware of such an incident taking place. In fact, on the contrary, we were told the star said "things went great" and there wasn't "anything negative" to report.
The apparently untrue hate crime contentions wouldn't have spread so widely if, instead of rushing to copy the initial claims, the publications took the time to research their validity. It is the same situation now with Jenner and "Celebrity Big Brother." One paper with a sketchy track record published a story, lemmings ran with it, and now the inaccurate information is flooding Google and social media. This is why fake news must be busted.
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.