The Salman Khan-hosted controversial reality show Bigg Boss 11, after entertaining all of us for more than three months, has finally ended, announcing Bhabhiji Ghar Par Hain actress Shilpa Shinde as the winner of the eleventh season. The actress not just won the trophy and Rs 44 lakh prize money but also millions of hearts. While Shilpa walked away with the winner’s trophy, Hina became the first runner-up with few thousands of votes lesser than Shilpa, making Vikas the second runner-up.

Speaking of the ex-contestants, the latest we hear that the ex-contestants, who have been eliminated in the month of December have not been paid. Yes, you heard it right. Several sources have confirmed that some contestants have not got paid and are facing hard times, as they have to maintain a certain standard of living after eviction from Bigg Boss 11.

According to our sources, close to the actors, revealed, “The channel will not make payments for at least another week as Colors is facing a huge cash crunch due to default on payments by sponsors and advertisers. And stuck between the big corporates are the commoners Bigg Boss contestants, who cannot even enjoy their new-found fame and stardom.”

At least, three evicted Bigg Boss 11 contestants confided to us, on condition of anonymity, that their payments have been delayed by the channel. Speaking to us strictly off the record as the contestants do not want to antagonize the channel and the production house, one of the contestants said, “After eviction from Bigg Boss our lives have changed completely. Gone are the days when we could safely travel by public transport like local trains and BEST buses in Mumbai, now we have to travel only by cabs to maintain the status and our lifestyles. We have to spend on various additional stuff after our stint on the reality show, which has doubled our daily expenses.” ALSO READ: Exclusive! Arshi Khan Denies Fight With Bandgi Kalra At The Bigg Boss 11 Grand Finale Shoot

The contestants further revealed that they were asked to get their own garments and outfits for the finale, and as every contestant wanted to look their best, they were really struggling to pay for new, expensive garments. Another evicted contestant said, “The channel should have paid us so that we can spend on all this stuff. Post eviction, contestants get invited by media persons for press interviews and similar media-related events. I have spent Rs 10,000/- on cab fare in the last 3 weeks after my eviction. The channel wanted us to get our own garments for the finale. Such garments cost a fortune. How does the channel expect us to pay from our own pockets for such expenses?,” questioned a contestant of Bigg Boss 11.

Speaking about the payment, the contestant further said, “They won’t even give us a fixed date for the disbursement of payment. If they had initially given me a fixed date, I could have made adjustments, but the production people just kept saying next week, next week, and so on,” adding that, “The irony is that the celebrity contestants, who could afford the expenses like Shilpa Shinde and Hina Khan and who were not evicted till the end were provided garments for the finale by the channel, but commoners were asked to get their own outfits. Why are the channel and the production house differentiating between the commoners and celebs, when it comes to providing outfits,” asked the contestant. Well, we tried to get in touch with the channel’s representative to confirm the news but there was no response.