The Bindi Irwin Salary Debacle

17-year-old Bindi Irwin, the daughter of Steve Irwin, ‘The Crocodile Hunter’, who is a participant in the USA’s Dancing with the Stars has been asked to prove to a California Court that her dad is no longer with us.

Bindi IrwinWhat?  I am sorry, but I just don’t get it.  Surely USA Court Judges have heard about Steve’s untimely death.  Surely the whole world knows that Australian wildlife expert Steve died after being pierced in the chest by a stingray barb whilst filming an underwater documentary film titled Ocean’s Deadliest in 2006.

Steve Irwin - Crocodile Hunter
Steve Irwin – Crocodile Hunter

Why would they put a 17-year-old through something like this?  The Judge rejected Bindi’s DWTS contract because she is a minor and there is not enough proof that her father had waived his rights to her earnings on the show … even though he’s been dead since 2006.  It stinks.

OK the participants, apparently, receive a guaranteed salary of $125,000 – not bad eh? – and for each week they stay in the show they receive extra cash instalments. So if Bindi makes it to weeks 10 and 11, she could earn an additional $50,000 a week.

I have to say that it is not entirely clear whether the Judge is unaware that Steve died – presumably he or she is not Internet savvy – or simply asking for a copy of Steve’s Death Certificate.  Either way, the organisers of the show should have sorted this out before Bindi joined.  Anyway after all this palaver, I really hope she and her partner Derek Hough shimmy their way to the very end of the show.


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