It is important that women do get the same pay… But for experience, Craig deserves every penny
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.”
Arlene Phillips has spoken out about the wages of the current Strictly judges
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.”
Neil Morrissey would love to come back to Men Behaving Badly
Neil wants a bit more behaving badly
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.
“We need to get creator Simon Nye, nail him down and get him to write a series.
“Get him on, because he’s writing The Durrells at the moment.”
After a lacklustre response to the first series starring Harry Enfield, the comedian was replaced by Neil and the show went on to enjoy a loyal cult following during its six series run in the 1990s.
Following a one-off revival as part of charity special Stand Up To Cancer in 2014, fans have been clamouring for the programme to make a proper comeback. Watch this space.
FORMER X FACTOR host Caroline Flack has hinted that she felt “powerful” having a fling with much younger pop star Harry Styles.
Alluding to her dalliance with a then 17-year-old Styles in 2011, Caroline, now 38, referenced the “younger men” she has been with.
“Dear men of my 30s,” she wrote in an open letter. “I dated friends and I dated younger men and I dated men who were hopelessly inappropriate and it was all… fun.
“Dating as a thirty-something woman felt more powerful than dating in my 20s – and all you guys made me see that.
Caroline Flack has discussed her relationship with Harry Styles
“By your 30s, you’ve survived heartbreak, you’ve survived long, messy relationships, you’ve survived unrequited love and maddening love that leaves you tired and confused…
“Those are important things to have… survived. Endings are different in your 30s too.”
Caroline, now engaged to The Apprentice star Andrew Brady, also addressed her relationship with her “best mate” – her X Factor co-presenter Olly Murs – admitting that although she thought they were “perfect” for each other, feelings of love can’t be “forced”.
The tweet that got Lord Sugar into trouble
IT APPEARS that Lord Sugar is standing by the posting of his recent “racist” tweet.
The host of The Apprentice is still insisting that he was only joking when he posted a photoshopped picture of Senegal’s World Cup team looking as though they were selling counterfeit goods, and captioned it: “I recognise some of these guys from the beach in Marbella. Multi-tasking resourceful chaps.”
Although he initially defended the image and condemned naysayers as not getting the joke, he eventually apologised.
Fast-forward to a week later and he appears to have backtracked. When replying to a fan who apologised after some playful unrelated banter with him fell flat, Alan replied: “I know the feeling.
“I was trying to be funny a week or so ago and it also didn’t work out.”