John Cleese - Cleese Turned Down $300,000 For Reality Show

Veteran funnyman JOHN CLEESE turned down a $300,000 (£200,000) offer to appear on a British reality show - because he didn't want to be involved in such "bad" TV.
The Monty Python star hints he was approached to appear on jungle survival series I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!, but snubbed the invitation despite the hefty pay cheque.
He tells the Sunday Mercury, "I was asked to do a reality show a few months ago. I forget which, it might have been the jungle one or perhaps Celebrity Root Canal!
"I just laughed, then asked how much they were offering out of curiosity. It was £200,000 but I would never agree to one of those shows. That would mean the collapse of western civilisation."
And Cleese is not a fan of any modern shows, insisting he'd rather read a book than watch TV.
He adds, "When I was growing up, we had the best television in the world. Now it's as bad as it is everywhere else, and I don't particularly want to participate in that. I don't really watch TV these days, except live sport. There's nothing much that appeals to me. I would rather read a book."


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John Cleese is one of the funniest actors to ever be on tv. Fawlty Towers and Monty Python were genius and still, years later, as hilarious as the day they were first on. I wish more actors felt this way. Maybe then tv would be decent again and fun to watch. I'm tired of reality tv, CSI shows, and the shows where trashy people stand around and yell at each other. Bravo Mr.Cleese for taking a stand. I didn't think it was possible but I admire you even more than I did.
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