Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield returned to This Morning after their festive break with to an extended running time and a rumoured £130,000 pay rise each.
But it's believed the bump to their salaries for the extra half an hour filming has caused tension behind-the-scenes of the magazine show as they were 'only ones' to receive an additional fee while other team members and crew did not.
Holly and Phil already command a six-figure sum to present the multi award-winning show from Monday to Thursday 10am to 12.30pm daily, and regularly pull in millions of viewers for ITV.
According to the Daily Star other staff members working on the television magazine show, have been 'grumbling' about the lack of financial reward for the extended show.
An insider told the publication: "The rumour is that the amount that Holly and Phil have been given for their extra work totals more than the editor’s annual salary, believed to be around £130,000."
Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield accused by This Morning viewers of exaggerating their NTA hangovers
Phillip Schofield and Ruth Langsford were 'tense' and 'awkward' during NTAs despite 'putting aside feud rumours' — EXCLUSIVE
Reps for Holly have declined to comment on contractual matters and reps for both Phillip Schofield and This Morning have been contacted by OK! Online.
It was announced last year that This Morning would return in 2020 with extended hours following the cancellation of The Jeremy Kyle Show.
The channel restructured its daytime line-up by extending Good Morning Britain to run from 6am to 9am, Lorraine from 9am until 10am, followed by Holly and Phil on This Morning.
Most recently the ITV show was hit with feud claims between Phillip and Ruth Langsford, who co-hosts on Fridays with husband Eamonn Holmes.
Holly Willoughby's wardrobe
In December 2019, it was reported that eight "big" ITV stars, including Ruth, "complained about" Phillip causing a "toxic" atmosphere on the programme.
A source told The Sun at the time: "For so long people have been silenced because they are scared for their job. If they speak out publicly about the atmosphere they fear there could be repercussions."
But Phillip denied the reports saying: "The atmosphere in our studio is so wonderful. There's such a lovely team. Everyone is lovely."
And any frosty atmosphere between the pair seemed to be proven wrong when they appeared together on stage at the NTAs to collect their gong for Best Live Magazine Show.
Viewers at home were convinced after seeing their united front but an eyewitness told OK! online there was plenty of tension between the pair.
A source, who was in the audience of the National Television Awards, says: "It seemed very tense between Ruth and Phillip during the show.
"They posed for a photo taken by Holly before the show started but barely uttered a word to each other the entire night.
"It was quite awkward when This Morning won their award, it seemed like nobody knew how to act before the team headed up on stage."
Source: Read Full Article