The Sun exclusively revealed the 37-year-old This Morning star would be hosting the show alongside Declan Donnelly last month.
Holly was ITV bosses first choice to take on the role and they used a big cash offer to tempt her in.
A TV source said: “Holly was the first choice to stand in for Ant on the show and the six figure offer reflected how much they wanted to get her on board.
“She’s so popular and she’s got a great relationship with Dec, it was a no brainer.
“Holly’s worth her weight in gold and the fee reflects that.”
The telly star will be taking her three children to Australia with her when filming starts later this year.
She was offered the job after Ant confirmed he would be taking an extended break from the limelight.
Before signing on the dotted line, Holly got Ant’s blessing and said he was fully supportive.
She said last month: “Ant was part of the discussion from the off.
“He’s happy that I’m looking after it until he gets back.”
Joining Holly and her family in Australia will be Dec’s wife Ali Astall and their baby daughter Isla.
This will be the first time Dec will host the hit ITV show with someone other than Ant since it started in 2002.
The Sun Online has contacted Holly’s representative for comment.
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