What Does the Winner of Naked and Afraid Get?

A lot of people out there wonder what the “winner” of Naked and Afraid gets. How much money do they mae? What kind of prizes are they receiving? Are contestants paid each week?

What Does the Winner of Naked and Afraid Get?

There is a GREAT prize, and that is knowing that you can survive naked and afraid for 21 days! There is no monetary prize. An interview with a casting director confirms this.

There is some sort of transaction though, and contestants are indeed paid for being on the show. The amount is unclear, but the interview says that survivalists are “given a weekly stipend to compensate for their lost wages”.

What about Naked and Afraid XL?

Naked and Afraid XL is a different, 40 day challenge in which previous Naked and Afraid contestants participate in. Some people would call these people the “finalists”.

The Naked and Afraid XL Wikipedia page states “There is no winner and no prize given to participate in this challenge.”

If you ask me, the rewards are great.

Would you go on the show Naked and Afraid?


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35 Responses

  1. Gloria says:

    if you don’t get paid for doing Naked and Afraid extra large I can’t see why you would do it putting your life in danger catching diseases excetera myself I love the show but I just can’t see it not paying them to do what they do The Prestige of being on it is no big deal to me it’s being on there and living to it yeah I would think they would give them something at least as far as monetary value.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Its ridiculous that the contestants doesnt get a price. They put their life in danger and put themselves at risk for getting a deadly disease and dying from hunger and thirst. I think the only thing i like here is you will lose a lot if weight. So they should start hiring obese people.

  3. Bama says:

    The N&A Wiki page says ‘there is no winner and no prize money given to PARTICIPATE’. It doesn’t say that no prize money is given to those who complete the challenge.

    The original show gives $5,000 to participants who complete the challenge. I’m certain those who complete XL are awarded money.

  4. Ramble says:

    I myself think the contestants should get paid for being on the show and risking their lives, after all the show is making money from the contestants despair.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Yeah that is ridiculous….for not getting paid besides they are out of their minds

  6. Anonymous says:

    I think that they do get paid but are not to let anyone know.

  7. Tin says:

    They get paid. $5k for N/A and a recent XL competitor said XL paid more

  8. Sharon says:

    I just lost interest in the show – if there’s no stipend to go through that misery, it just takes all the fun out of watching them

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  11. Anonymous says:

    I would do it in a heart beat

  12. Anonymous says:

    I couldnt do it with clothes on, and I cant stay on a diet for more than a couple of dayes so its a big NO for me , what can I say I’m a chicken.

  13. L says:

    Yeah its totally not worth it, guess im could care less about bragging rights. Its totally bot worth risking your life. I thought they got a at least like 100,000 for completing the 21 day challenge. These people are idiots in my book.

  14. Esposito says:

    No. People leave the jungles sick and sometimes with a no cure deseases.My health iworth all the money in the world, or the thinking that “oh yes, can do it”.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Freak that ,only 5 grand for 21 days to put yourself in that dangerous situation?

  16. Gail says:

    I understand wanting to prove something to yourself and others but the show is making a lot of money and I think the participants deserve some of it for the risks they are taking.

  17. Alexander says:

    Thank God the majority of people who wrote messages on this message board have good ole’ common sense to avoid risking their lives for insignificant pay so the producers can get rich… Haney David Thoreau’s Walden, Ralph Waldo Emerson’s love of nature or Jean Jacques Rousseau’s “back to nature” in the Emile are apparently the creations of academics who lived rather comfortable lives but never attempted to survive in the brutal jungle conditions… I too can imagine myself living in a well built wooden cabin in the midst of a forest preserve enjoying the spectacle of the survival of the fittest among the insects or other animals from the safety of my balcony or window in the fireplace room… The jungle is not what people imagine it to be … nor in all fairness did any of the aforementioned scholars advocate that we return to the “jungle.” If we learned anything new from this show it is, in my opinion, the surprising ability of women to survive in the most adveerse jungle like conditions. In fact based on many episodes that I watched I submit that without a doubt women were shown to be superior survivalists to men since in most cases men dropped out first. This show has also shown the value of brain over brawn as it was often not the most muscular that survived but the most brainy. Finally, sad to say it has also shown the vanity of some who risked their lives for outdated “pride” in being able to “survive” in conditions that no one should ever have to, if they can help it; or the need of those desperate enough to sacrifice life and limb or personal safety at the altar of what is, given the risks taken, tiny compensation (is your health only five thousand or so dollars worth?) . I would do it if I could be reassured of a 1 million dollar insurance policy and the freedom to sue the producers for making my life miserable which obviously is never going to happenโ€ฆ I did enjoy the show although I feel bad for the contestants who risked so much for so little. Thanks for letting me know that when push comes to shove in a truly jungle like environment women are hands down by far superior to men, our myths and western romanticism regarding women as the weaker sex notwithstanding… Men are really the weaker sex in truly barren or brutal conditions, it is just that we haven’t yet reached a point where men are willing to admit it. Other than those few but valuable lessons there is hardly anything educational one can learn from this show or worth watching anymore except fueling more of the same emotions. Yes the show can be entertaining (or should I say miserable) enough for me to want to watch it again just as, I suppose, were the spectacles put up by the Roman elite for the masses in the Coliseum. Thanks for reading this, I apologize in advance if I offended anyone’s sensibilities.

  18. Alexander says:

    Henry David Thoreau not Haney sorry (spellcheck mistake)

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  20. VReddy says:

    Insane, I tell you. There must be armed wildlife managers set up around the perimeters of camp. They would have people who are very familiar with the dangers that endemic to that particular venue. I don’t see any insurance company associating themselves with a program where there’s even a chance that a national audience could faithfully tune in only to see the contestants eaten by a bear on their final night. Even the most greedy or vanguard network executive can envision a massive switch back to book reading if we watched somebody die on that show. What was characterized as gripping entertainment might thereon be seen as possible criminal intent. And there’s another reality: every single person involved a TV production gets paid, especially if they’re on screen (big money). There are experienced agents, powerful unions, and cutthroat lawyers who know exactly how to make sure that any and every performer gets paid a proper, solid amount of money that reflects the amount and type of work that was contributed. Gone are tyher days when big wigs could push film crews around and force performers into bullshit contracts. The lesson was taught too many times. If a savvy agent was involved in the deal then you can be sure that each contestant is entitled to significant residuals in perpetuity as well. Which means that every single time that the episode airs on TV or a DVD is sold, that contestant gets paid a fair share of the money earned. I assume that means that if your local TV station or theater or pizza pub decides to run a N&A marathon in the year 2050, you’ll receive a check. And you could use the money to pay for more prescription lotion to put on that ugly rash that still hasn’t gone away

    • Leslie says:

      The show for the most part are filmed in other countries which means the producers can do what ever they please and those ppl sign non-disclosures & waivers so no one gets sued.Ppl who make it to the actual filmed part of the show do it for $$ & ego. I’m talking about the men.As we see the men are weak & cry a lot,the women hold up the team & are far more intelligent than their counterparts! Sad but true the younger generations as we see,aren’t nearly as talented at using their brains for survival we find ourselves wondering why they did this & that.They are not actors or anything close to it,so know one worrys about reruns etc.Being out of the US things are real different in 2nd/3rd world countries,they like the $$ the companies bring to the table so they have free rein to do what and how they want.I hope this XL is good & everyone completes the challenge๐Ÿค‘

  21. Anonymous says:

    They do get money. $5,000..

  22. Jo Schultz says:

    Don’t believe that they didn’t get compensated for the challenge I call BS. Why would you do it?

  23. Anne Best says:

    Why in the world would you want to spend 21 days naked with a stranger, outside in the elements? Stupidest show on television

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  25. Leslie says:

    YES,THERE IS A WOMENS PILL,you need to ask your OBGYN to get the straight story๐Ÿ™„

  26. Anonymous says:

    If they are not getting paid for filming they should at least be getting royalties for being shown naked on t.v. ect… repeat episodes… And if I’m correct doesn’t YouTube give a million dollars once you had AA certain amount of use

    If I’m correct even YouTube pays a million dollars for certain amount of views

    Hopefully those people are retarded problem

  27. Melissa says:

    How do you not get paid for this? These people are nuts if they don’t get paid. Another site said you get $5,000 plane tickets coach asks two nights in a hotel for two people. Is that not true? Also XL should get paid more for what their putting their bodies through. Oh and screw Ahora or what ever her name is for sabotaging her team mates.

  28. Erin says:

    Iโ€™ve never seen anyone complete the challenge. All I see are dirty naked people who are starving and shivering and probably covered in disease. I think they are exhibitionists who want a chance to be naked on TV for a few days no matter the cost.

  29. Brock says:

    Wow people who participate in Naked and Afraid really don’t get paid or a reward or anything? That’s odd.

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