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Holly Willoughby gets £200,000 salary bump to close gender pay gap - report

The presenter was apparently earning £200,000 less than her This Morning co-host Phillip Schofield.

Holly Willoughby has reportedly been given a £200,000 a year salary bump in order to close the pay gap between her and This Morning co-host Phillip Schofield.

According to the Daily Mirror newspaper, ITV producers decided to up her pay after realising that she and Phillip were on the same salaries for presenting the upcoming series of Dancing On Ice, but that there was a marked difference in their pay packets for hosting the ITV morning show.

The publication reports that while Phillip, 55, is earning £600,000 a year for presenting This Morning, Holly, 36, was on £400,000. Now, thanks to the salary boost, she is said to be on the same pay as her fellow presenter and friend.

"It seemed ridiculous they were going to get paid the same fee for Dancing on Ice but Holly was lagging behind on This Morning," a source told the newspaper. "Quite rightly, that has now been rectified and they both earn exactly the same."

Apparently, ITV made the decision to up Holly's pay prior to the revelations last month (Jul17) that the majority of BBC female stars were on significantly lower salaries than their male counterparts.

The news of Holly's salary increase also comes after it was reported that the differences between Phillip's pay and that of his former This Morning co-host Fern Britton was one of the main reasons she quit the show in 2009.

Fern is said to have been paid £250,000 less than Phillip on This Morning, while the Mirror reports that learning she was on £15,000 compared to Phillip's £45,000 for presenting All Star Mr & Mrs was the "final straw".

Holly and Phillip are currently enjoying their summer holidays and return to host This Morning on 4 September.

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