Farmer Wants a Wife host Natalie Gruzlewski gets ‘tip for huge pay rise’ after dating show hit Channel Seven this year
Farmer Wants A Wife was a huge success for Channel Seven this year.
The country-themed dating show consistently scored strong reviews throughout its July run thanks to its combination of drama, romance, and (mostly) happy endings.
The network has now reportedly decided to award long-serving host Natalie Gruzlewski with a pay raise. New idea on Monday.
The big winner: Farmer Wants a Wife host Natalie Gruzlewski gets ‘tip for huge pay rise’ after dating show hit Channel Seven this year, New Idea reports
Insiders say 44-year-old Natalie is in a great bargaining position, given FWAW’s strong position compared to Nine’s Beauty and the Geek and 10’s The Bachelor.
“The ratings have made everyone at Channel Seven very happy and Nat is in an excellent position to negotiate a higher fee,” a source said.
They added that Natalie was the “glue that holds the show together” even amid the plethora of controversies — including one farmer’s criminal charge and another’s alleged love child scandal.
‘She’s the glue that holds the show together’: Insiders say 44-year-old Natalie is in a great bargaining position, given FWAW’s strong position compared to Nine’s Beauty and the Geek and 10’s The Bachelor. In the photo: the farmers of this year’s FWAW season
The industry source went on to explain that Natalie’s involvement with the series was pivotal in bringing it back after being “quiet” for several years previously.
Eureka Productions, the production company behind Farmer Wants a Wife, reportedly had “little interest” in green-lighting the show without Natalie at the helm.
“She knows what she’s worth and what she’s bringing to the table,” the insider added.
‘She knows what she’s worth’: An industry source claimed Natalie’s involvement with the series was pivotal in bringing it back after having been ‘quiet’ for several years previously
Farmer Wants a Wife has one more episode in the tank with the reunion special airing later this month.
Seven has confirmed that the reunion will be screened at 7:30 PM on August 11, giving viewers the final say on whether their favorite peasants have found lasting love.
Things are already becoming a tricky business for some participants after last week’s news that Hayley Love is said to be pregnant with farmer Will Dwyer’s child.
Pregnancy: It’s going to be a really awkward reunion after a recent pregnancy scandal involving Hayley Love