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Byline: GARY WRIGHT

SMUG telly star Angus Deayton made more money for 19 minutes work than the average working man earns in a year.

Copier giant Xerox needed a celeb ce·leb  
n. Informal
A celebrity.
 to woo customers during a three-day conference in Birmingham. And they agreed a staggering pounds 12,000 for Deayton's routine.

This worked out at pounds 631 a minute - even more than his much-criticised fee for hosting the BAFTA Baf´ta   

n. 1. A coarse stuff, usually of cotton, originally made in India. Also, an imitation of this fabric made for export.
 awards two months ago.

Deayton, 45, who earns pounds 1 million a year from shows like Have I Got News For You, picked up pounds 50,000 for that - or pounds 416 a minute.

One Xerox guest at Birmingham's Hilton Metropole Met´ro`pole

n. 1. A metropolis.
 Hotel said: "It was a decent night out but he wasn't that funny.

"None of us realised he could command that sort of payment for less than 20 minutes work."

A spokesman for Xerox refused to discuss the fee. He said: "That's between him and us."

But a showbiz insider said: "The amount stars like Deayton earn from personal appearances is practically limitless."

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Publication:The People (London, England)
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Date:Jul 15, 2001
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