Britains Got Talents Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon refuse to sign contracts in pay row
Britain's Got Talent's Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon are believed to be refusing to sign their new contracts in a pay row over new judge Bruno Tonioli, according to a source.
Amanda, 51, and Alesha, 44, who judge alongside Simon Cowell, 63, are said to be "furious" Strictly Come Dancing judge Bruno's salary matches their own.
“Amanda has been on BGT for 17 years, while Alesha is going into her eleventh year," the source said. "Negotiations over pay and the minutiae of the contracts are expected to go on throughout today," they told The Sun.
"They don’t think it’s fair a newcomer could walk into the show and be handed the same deal as them."
They added: "It’s a bit of a headache for BGT given filming for the next series begins at the London Palladium on Tuesday.
“Bruno was still ironing out his contract on Friday too so it’s all very much down to the wire. Negotiations over pay and the minutiae of the contracts are expected to go on throughout today.”
OK! has approached ITV for comment.
Bruno was announced as David Walliam's replacement after Alan Carr was set to be stepping in on the panel.
Amanda backed Alan to be joining her, Simon and Alesha and hosts Ant and Dec as she told viewers it was a "good idea".
Speaking on The One Show, Amanda gushed about her friend as she was quizzed about who would be replacing David, 51.
When asked about whether her new co-star Alan would be a good fit for the series, she said: "Well, watch this space."
Alex Jones said she was impressed by Amanda's response, to which she replied: "I was really contained and found my filter.
"It's a good idea. We'll miss David but it'll be a good idea."
A source previously said of the idea of Alan joining BGT as a judge: "Alan is hilarious but also kind. He tells a mean joke but he is also soft in the middle.
"The bosses are already excited about how wonderful he will be with the contestants. He will complement the panel so well too, he is really close friends with Amanda and he has known Simon and Alesha for years too.”
David's decision to quit BGT came after he judged the show for a decade.
"David has decided to bow out after a ten-year run. He wants to leave on a high after a wonderful time," an insider told The Sun.
"Being on the show has been a huge source of entertainment and joy for him and he is arguably the most popular member of the panel.”
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