Britain's Got Talent 'in pay gap row' as female judges earn half males' wage

Britain’s Got Talent is reportedly in a gender pay gap row after Alesha Dixon and Amanda Holden were told they were earning half the wage of Simon Cowell and David Walliams. 

It’s been claimed that the women of the panel have been tipped off that their pay packets were much lighter than that of their male counterparts, despite Amanda stepping into Simon’s shoes as head judge in this year’s competition. 

Alesha is allegedly earning the least at £450,000, while Amanda is on £700,000. 

Meanwhile David is taking home a £1.5million pay packet, with media mogul Simon said to be on a staggering £2.5million for his involvement, after creating the show and leading the panel. 

‘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,’ a source told The Sun.

‘It’s madness a bloke should be paid considerably more than a woman for doing identical jobs.’ 

The source added that Simon is now spearheading negotiations to help the women get on a more even footing, unaware until now of the difference in wage. 

The deals are brokered between production company Thames TV, ITV, and the agents of the talent, and not SyCo. 

This year’s series came to an end last month, with Simon absent after breaking his back in an accident on his electric bike. 

As a result, he was unable to fly or work, and is taking time to recuperate. 

Comedian Jon Courtenay was crowned this year’s winner, with the show confirmed to return next year despite ratings falling by almost four million.

A Christmas special of the show, said to feature Susan Boyle and Paul Potts among other show favourites, is currently in production, but filming was halted after crew members tested positive for coronavirus.   

Metro.co.uk has contacted BGT and the judges’ reps for comment.

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