Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon ‘not happy’ as BGT male judges ‘paid more than double’October 20, 2020
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Britain’s Got Talent stars Amanda Holden, 49, and Alesha Dixon, 42, are reportedly “unhappy” after finding out that their ITV colleagues Simon Cowell and David Walliams are paid “more than double” their earnings for doing the same job on the judges panel, according to claims from The Sun. A source told the publication that the fan-favourite ladies “won’t let this lie”.
They’re not happy about this situation, and both of them are passionate about standing up for what’s right
The insider said: “In this day and age it is madness that a bloke should be paid considerably more than a woman for doing identical jobs.
“Amanda and Alesha both bring something different, and brilliant, to the table, and are both very popular with viewers.
“Obviously they’re not happy about this situation, and both of them are passionate about standing up for what’s right. They won’t let this lie.”
They added: “It’s imperative the gender pay divide becomes a thing of the past once and for all.
“Everyone is in agreement Simon deserves his wage as he’s the boss, but there seems no obvious explanation as to why David should be paid more than the women.”
The Sun reported Amanda, who was recently promoted to Head Judge following Simon’s back injury, is earning around £700,000 while Alesha, is on approximately £450,000.
They claimed Simon is taking home a whopping annual figure of £2.5million, and they understood David to be on a “recently re-negotiated deal” of over £1.5million.
Amanda recently confirmed she was on less money than her male colleagues in an interview with Stella magazine, where she admitted she “doesn’t understand” why the pay gap exists.
“Yes, I do feel Alesha and I should be paid the same as Simon Cowell and David Walliams,” she said.
“Because why is their value higher than ours? I don’t understand it.
“I know they bring something, and I think we’ve now proven that the jigsaw doesn’t work with a piece missing.”
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But the insider claimed sources close to Simon claim he was “unaware of the pay discrepancy” and will “back moves” to strive for equality for his colleagues going forward.
Salary deals are negotiated between production company Thames TV, ITV, and the judges’ agents.
It was made illegal in 1970 under the Equal Pay Act to pay sexes different amounts when doing the same job.
But through research, it came to light that eight out of 10 public sector bodies paid men more than their female counterparts.
ITV set up a gender pay gap “working review” in 2018, after it found figures that showed an 11.9 percent pay difference between the sexes.
Express.co.uk has reached out to ITV and the BGT judges’ reps for comment.
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