BGT's Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon get equal pay rises after boss Simon Cowell backs them

BRITAIN’S Got Talent stars Alesha Dixon and Amanda Holden have won their battle to get bumper equal pay rises — after the show’s boss Simon Cowell backed their cash fight.

The salaries of the two women will be subject to an internal review after we revealed they earn less than half that of David Walliams.

Alesha, 42, was said to be particularly upset after The Sun told how comedian Walliams, 49, earned more than £1.5million on the ITV show, compared to stand-in head judge Amanda’s £700,000 and her own £450,000. 

Cowell, 61, gets more than £2.5million but he devised the format, and owns the rights to the hit franchise around the world.

And tonight it was revealed that he was shocked when he discovered the gap in his fellow judges’ wages.

A source said: “Alesha was rightly upset when she read the pay discrepancies in black and white. The story also ruffled feathers behind the scenes. Simon realised this apparent sexism wasn’t a good look. He’s demanded something be done, and the matter is being reviewed.

“Although Simon isn’t responsible for pay deals, he obviously has great sway and he has asked that the matter be investigated internally so that this sort of situation doesn’t arise again.”

Speaking recently, Amanda, 49, said: “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.”

Talent contracts for the show are negotiated by ITV, production company Thames and the artist’s agent.

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