- Salman Khan hosts the current season of Bigg Boss
- The show has been extended by five weeks
- Salman Khan reportedly got a pay hike to "extend his stint"
Salman Khan will reportedly be paid Rs 2 crore extra for each episode of Bigg Boss 13, which has now been extended by five weeks, stated a report in Bollywood Hungama. A source close to the show's team told the publication that Salman Khan was reportedly not keen to "extend his stint" on the reality show but the Colors channel reportedly asked him to stay as the host with a pay hike. "Salman made it very clear that he didn't want to extend his stint on Bigg Boss due to his other film commitments (post-production of Dabangg 2 and shooting of Radhe). However, the Colors channel lured him to stay on with added zeroes on his pay cheque," the source told Bollywood Hungama.
Meanwhile, a speculated amount of Rs 8 crore is being reported as Salman Khan's fee for per episode of Bigg Boss after a Pinkvilla report in July stated that the actor will get Rs 6.5 crore per episode. "He has hiked his fee and will get Rs 13 crore per week, which means Rs 6.5 crore per episode. That also means that he will be earning close to Rs 200 crore this time," the source told the publication.
Now, the Bollywood Hungama report also adds that Salman Khan's reported fee as the host is more than that of anchors who host the regional versions of the reality show, which also include Kamal Haasan (Bigg Boss Tamil host). "He (Salman Khan) gets paid more to anchor Bigg Boss per season than all the other anchors in regional languages put together get for all the seasons put together," the source told Bollywood Hungama.
Salman Khan has been primarily anchoring the reality show since 2006. Other stars who have hosted the show are Amitabh Bachchan, Shilpa Shetty, Sanjay Dutt, Farah Khan and Arshad Warsi.
With Sidharth Shukla, Rashami Desai, Asim Riaz, Aarti Singh, Shehnaaz Gill, Shefali Zariwala, Himanshi Khurana, Devoleena Bhattarcharjee, Mahira Sharma, Paras Chhabra, Vikas Pathak and Vishal Aditya Singh as the current contestants, the thirteenth season of Bigg Boss will air till the last week of February.