A GENDER pay row has erupted on Britain’s Got Talent after it emerged the male stars were paid more than double the women.
Judges Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon are unhappy at learning Simon Cowell and David Walliams get much more money for the same job.
They were alerted to the discrepancy by ITV sources.
Amanda, 49 — recently promoted to head judge owing to Simon’s back injury — is on around £700,000, and 42-year-old Alesha is on £450,000.
In contrast comedian David, 49, is on a recently re-negotiated deal worth more than £1.5million.
And X Factor mogul Simon, 61, is understood to be on around £2.5million a year for the hit talent show, which he helped to create.
Sources close to Cowell claimed he was unaware of the pay discrepancy and will back moves to get his co-stars pay rises.
One said yesterday: “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.
"It’s madness 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.
“Obviously they’re not happy and given Amanda, in particular, is so passionate about standing up for what’s right, she won’t let this lie.
“She wants to fight and ensure this gender pay divide is a thing of the past once and for all.”
On Sunday Amanda confirmed she was on less money.
She told a magazine: “Yes, I do feel Alesha and I should be paid the same as Simon Cowell and David Walliams.
“Because why is their value higher than ours? I don’t understand it.”
Two years ago ITV set up a gender pay gap working review after figures showed an 11.9 per cent divide between the sexes.
Talent deals are decided between the production company Thames, ITV and the artist’s agent.
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