FORMER Strictly judge Arlene Phillips has blasted the BBC for paying Shirley Ballas more than Craig Revel Horwood.
FORMER Strictly Come Dancing judge Arlene Phillips has blasted the BBC for paying Shirley Ballas more than Craig Revel Horwood.
Shirley, 57, far right, banked a £70,000 pay rise this year in the midst of the BBC’s gender pay-gap row, which saw her match former head judge Len Goodman, whom she replaced.
Arlene, 75, right, insisted that Craig was more deserving of the salary increase because of his long stint as a judge on the show.
“[Craig] has been on the show for about 15 years… It is important that women do get the same pay… But for experience, Craig deserves every penny.”
She then explained to TV’s Lorraine: “If you’re on a show in the West End and you decide to stay on you get an increase every year.
“Then when you go back to square one, because you want to do a new show, you go back to everybody’s starting salary.”
However Arlene’s comparing the TV show to the theatre confused many viewers. One tweeted: “Shut up, Arlene! This isn’t the West End it’s b****y TV.”
Another wrote: “What does how the West End pay their performers have to do with the BBC? Poor dear’s gone loopy.”
While another brutally wrote: “Arlene’s just jealous. She has never got over being sacked from Strictly.”
Earlier this week Craig, 53, who sits alongside fellow judges Bruno Tonioli and Darcey Bussell, made clear his feelings about Shirley’s pay.
“I think women should be paid the same as men but what would you say to a woman coming in after you’ve been in the job for 15 years when they’ve done absolutely nothing to earn it?
“You’d expect she would start on something lower because she’s never been on TV before.”
IT HAS been two decades since Men Behaving Badly ended but the much-loved sitcom could be set for a comeback.
Neil Morrissey, 55, left, says he and former co-stars Martin Clunes, Caroline Quentin and Leslie Ash, are all keen to reprise their roles.
“Martin, Caroline, Leslie and I have all said we will do it!” he said, before swiftly adding it all hinges on a good script.