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Drama behind the scenes of Seven News Spotlight: The Fame Game special

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Drama behind the scenes of Seven News Spotlight: The Fame Game special

TV veterans were reportedly unimpressed to learn they would be sharing the screen with D-list reality stars on Seven News Spotlight: The Fame Game, which aired on Sunday night.

The show, which explored the ups and downs of fame and featured a host of stars from across the celebrity spectrum, brought together the likes of Rowena Wallace and Tony Barber with MAFS stars Melissa Rawson and Bryce Ruthven, former Biggest Loser host Ajay Rochester and socialite Brynne Edelsten.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the ‘showbiz elders’ objected to appearing alongside lesser stars, and were especially unhappy to learn that Bryce and Melissa had been put up at a ‘swankier hotel’.

What’s more, all the participants were reportedly paid just $1,000 each to appear on the special, regardless of their showbusiness pedigree. 

Ruthven, 32, has since denied these claims, telling Daily Mail Australia all interstate guests were put up at the same hotel during production.

‘Rowena was in the room next to us and she was the biggest name there,’ he said.

‘They were all lovely too us as well. They were fascinated by our story and how it all worked out for us.’

Report: All the participants were reportedly paid just $1,000 each to appear on the special, regardless of their showbusiness pedigree. (Pictured: Brynne Edelsten)

Report: All the participants were reportedly paid just $1,000 each to appear on the special, regardless of their showbusiness pedigree. (Pictured: Brynne Edelsten)

Report: All the participants were reportedly paid just $1,000 each to appear on the special, regardless of their showbusiness pedigree. (Pictured: Brynne Edelsten)

During the Seven News special, Bryce and Melissa revealed they were targeted with death threats after appearing on Married At First Sight last year. 

Some of those threats were even aimed at their twin sons, Levi and Tate.

‘They hoped my twins would die,’ Melissa said. 

Bryce also revealed they’d been edited unfairly, saying: ‘You think you know what you saw, but you have absolutely no idea.’ 

Trolled: During the Seven News special, Bryce and Melissa (pictured) revealed they were targeted with death threats after appearing on Married At First Sight last year

Trolled: During the Seven News special, Bryce and Melissa (pictured) revealed they were targeted with death threats after appearing on Married At First Sight last year

Trolled: During the Seven News special, Bryce and Melissa (pictured) revealed they were targeted with death threats after appearing on Married At First Sight last year 

The Fame Game included contributions from former TV host Ajay Rochester, socialite Brynne Edelsten, actor Cameron Daddo, and Home and Away star Ada Nicodemou, among others. 

Bryce and Melissa welcomed their twins in October 2021. 

The children were born 10 weeks premature but were able to come home from the NICU just in time for Christmas. 

Long wait: Bryce and Melissa welcomed their twins in October 2021. The children were born 10 weeks premature but were able to come home from the NICU just in time for Christmas

Long wait: Bryce and Melissa welcomed their twins in October 2021. The children were born 10 weeks premature but were able to come home from the NICU just in time for Christmas

Long wait: Bryce and Melissa welcomed their twins in October 2021. The children were born 10 weeks premature but were able to come home from the NICU just in time for Christmas

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