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White Dee, ‘star’ of controversial Channel 4 series Benefits Street, is the first name reported to have signed up for the next Celebrity Big Brother.
The 42-year-old single mum – real name Deirdre Kelly – is the most talked about figure from the documentary, which follows life on James Turner Street in Birmingham, where 90% of residents are believed to claim benefits.
Dee insists she is unable to work due to depression. However, The Sun reports that she has now been offered £60,000 to enter the Celebrity Big Brother house later this year – a move which would force her to stop receiving government handouts.
The newspaper’s source commented: “Channel 5 bosses were desperate to sign up Dee. They think she will be brilliant. But the move is definitely a controversial one because anyone who is claiming benefits can only do so legally if they are not working.
“Dee will be earning money in one of the most public ways possible. So unless she stops collecting her benefits, her actions will interest the authorities.
“Her behaviour on Benefits Street has made it very clear that she has a good knowledge of the welfare system and she will definitely know the rules.”
It comes after Dee – who is currently being assessed for bipolar disorder – appeared on C5 debate show The Big Benefits Row: Live last week to defend benefits claimants.
Amid heated rows with motormouth commentator Katie Hopkins, she said: “I hope I’m off benefits sooner rather than later. I don’t want to be on benefits forever.”
Benefits Street has proven a ratings success for Channel 4, with around 5million viewers tuning in each week. Paddy Doherty, star of its last big breakout hit Big Fat Gypsy Weddings, was poached for C5′s first series of Celebrity Big Brother in August 2011, which he went on to win.
Celebrity Big Brother returns for its fourteenth run in August, following the latest civilian edition.
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