After being booted by his colleagues, Congress’ sassiest villain could soon make his reality TV debut.
A source involved in reality TV casting told DailyMail.com that producers certainly have Long Island liar George Santos on the mind, but it will all depend on if he can keep himself in the news when they make casting decisions.
Over 100 Republicans joined Democrats in booting out the fabulist liar in a historic vote last week totaling 311 to 114, with two members voting ‘present.’
‘Producers from The Masked Singer, Dancing with the Stars, Celebrity Big Brother and I’m A Celebrity talk about everyone being a part of their shows and look over the pros and cons after they blurt out a name in meetings from that point on,’ the insider said. ‘George Santos is 100% on their lists.’
But casting the ousted New York Republican could prove controversial, given that he’s been accused of fraud, stealing donor funds to pay for OnlyFans and Botox, and a mountain of lies including fabricating family links to the Holocaust, 9/11 killing his mother, working on Wall Street, recovering from a brain tumor, being of Ukrainian-Jewish descent and starting a charity, among other wrongdoings.
A source involved in reality TV casting told DailyMail.com that producers certainly have Long Island liar George Santos on the mind, but it will all depend on if he can keep himself in the news when they make casting decisions
‘With the backlash that Dancing with the Stars got from casting Sean Spicer a few years ago and what The Masked Singer got from casting Rudy Giuliani, they may have a couple more conversations when it comes to casting George, but he isn’t out of the conversation,’ the source went on.
A separate source familiar with Santos’ thinking predicted he would be open to appearing on such shows.
‘He knows he has to make money in any way he can,’ the source said.
‘He has been doing Cameo and will consider everything, book deals, reality, TV appearances. Anything to get future checks cleared and have his bank account get fatter. He would have no shame in doing reality TV if and when he is offered.’
Santos has been producing custom videos on Cameo – where he started off this week charging $75 and raised his price to $400 as demand rolled in.
Media consumer expert Kate Hardcastle predicted Santos could walk away with $2 million from a reality gig.
‘I would imagine he will sit at the Sean Spicer earning level on Dancing With The Stars for example – entry level around $125-$150,000,’ she told DailyMail.com.
‘Not a bad payday, but it’s what happens next. The exposure to millions of viewers each week – 5.5 million viewers for the finale will increase the future opportunities.’
‘From there, there is the opportunity for further earrings – Books, public speaking, workshops – or indeed more Cameo videos where is currently earring $400 a video. One would think there is a limited market to this – but he is still a better earner per video than say – Kenny G! Combined its potentially a $1.5 – $2 million opportunity’
The Republican congressman has previously denied claims he used to be a drag queen. Santos is allegedly pictured here in a photograph of him dressed in drag, when he went by the name ‘Kitara’
If Santos were to join ‘The Masked Singer’ he would follow in the footsteps of Trump’s former personal attorney Rudy Giuliani
Carlotta Mantovan, Moreno Porcu in Dancing with the Stars on December 2
She went on: ‘If the appearance on the show brings any empathy or likeablity to his character and any redemption – this could certainly be the start of a much more lucrative career.’
Santos did not respond to multiple text messages from DailyMail.com on the matter.
The former congressman lost his $174,000 salary last week – and is facing legal troubles amidst a Department of Justice investigation. But he’s made more in his first few days on the platform than he did in his yearly salary as a public servant, Semafor reported.
A trial date is set for September 2024. His next court date is December 12. Prosecutors accuse Santos of falsifying campaign reports with fake donations, stole from donors by using their credit cards without permission, and collecting more than $20,000 in unemployment while he was employed.