Strictly Come Dancing judges are 'in stand-off with BBC over pay rise'

Strictly Come Dancing judges are ‘in a stand-off with BBC bosses over a pay rise’… as their vast salaries are revealed

  • READ MORE: Shirley Ballas is given a ‘take it or leave it’ deal by Strictly bosses – after the judge revealed she is considering quitting over vile online abuse

The Strictly Come Dancing judges are reportedly in a stand-off with show bosses over getting a bump in their pay.

Shirley Ballas, Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse and Anton Du Beke are allegedly looking to receive an 11% salary rise ahead of the BBC dance competition show’s new season.

According to a report from The Sun on Wednesday, the BBC is ‘holding firm’ against the judges and the pay row means the two groups are allegedly at an impasse.

Should the pay rise go through it was reported that Shirley would reportedly earn an extra £55,000 as she is said to be earning almost £500,000.

Meanwhile, Motsi and Craig would reportedly earn £20,000 extra if the pay rise went through as they are both said to be on £200,000 each. 

Shocker: Strictly Come Dancing judges are allegedly in a stand-off with the BBC over a pay rise, according to a report released on Wednesday

Line-up: Shirley Ballas (centre left), Craig Revel Horwood (R), Motsi Mabuse (centre right) and Anton Du Beke (L) are allegedly looking to receive an 11 percent salary rise

The publication also reported that Anton would earn an extra £19,000 as he is believed to be earning £180,000 currently.

A source told the publication: ‘In the blue corner, you have the BBC who are absolutely adamant there will be no bumper deals this year.

‘And in the red corner are the judges — and their agents — united in their desire for renewed deals to reflect the economic situation.

‘Yes, their salaries are vast, but Strictly is on for a limited time and other opportunities in a cost-of-living crisis are not so ­forthcoming.’

The source also claimed that negotiations between the BBC and the judges are still ongoing and ‘no terms have been agreed’ yet.

MailOnline has contacted representatives for Shirley Ballas, Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse, Anton Du Beke, and BBC spokespeople for further comment.

This comes after Shirley was reportedly given a ‘take it or leave it’ deal by Strictly bosses to stay on the show, after she revealed she may quit over online trolling. 

The head judge and Latin expert was subjected to much criticism last year in which trolls slammed her decisions and accused her of ageism and sexism.

Negotiations: This comes after Shirley was reportedly given a ‘take it or leave it’ deal by Strictly bosses to stay on the show, after she revealed she may quit over online trolling

But despite previously threatening to quit, Shirley has been in talks with bosses over a potential return to Strictly, revealing on the Jonathan Ross show on Sunday that ‘their people are talking to my people’. 

Shirley joined the judging panel as head judge in 2017, following the departure of Len Goodman. 

How much do the Strictly judges earn? 

Shirley Ballas – £500,000

Craig Revel Horwood – £200,000

Motsi Mabuse – £200,000

Anton Du Beke – £180,000

The ‘Queen of Latin’ has reportedly been offered a raise in line with her fellow judges Craig, Motsi and Anton. 

A TV insider told The Sun: ‘The team on the show care very deeply about Shirley’s wellbeing and will continue to do whatever they can to alleviate the effects of what’s said on social media.

‘But they are also very conscious that we are in the midst of a cost of living crisis and a licence fee freeze and it’s against this whole backdrop that the deal has been put to Shirley.

‘Nobody wants her to walk, but Strictly has proved throughout its history that no one is bigger than the show.’

Shirley recently hinted that she may not return to Strictly Come Dancing this year following the torrent of vile online abuse she received during the last series.

In a candid interview, she indicated the previous series may have been her last as she’d hit an ‘all-time low’ after the abuse ‘snowballed out of control’.

The ballroom dancer told how she was constantly left in tears after every show and struggled in silence, telling how it was ‘the most negativity’ she had ever faced.

She told the Mirror: ‘Last year I was struggling. It wasn’t just a little bit, it was a lot – the majority of it was in silence. I felt the abuse snowballed out of control and impacted me in such a negative way. I’m a pretty stoic person, and I tend to hold everything in.’

She explained that when the abuse began, it seemed ‘larger than anything else’, with the star telling how it left her ‘crying and emotional’, while she was ’embarrassed’ about how she felt and didn’t confide in anyone.

On the way out: The professional dancer, who appears as a judge on the show, previously revealed she’d ‘had conversations’ about leaving the ballroom contest

Troubles: Shirley was targeted by members of the viewing public who accused her of ageism and sexism while critiquing the contestants during the last series (L-R judges Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse, Shirley and Anton Du Beke seen on the show in December 2022)

Shirley added: ‘And that was an all-time low since I joined the show – it was the most negativity I’d ever experienced. The BBC were brilliant, checking in on me and offering counselling and support.’

When asked if she’d considered quitting Strictly, she replied: ‘It was a difficult series, I’ll leave it at that… Will I go back to Strictly? I always take one step at a time.’

She went on to say that she ‘absolutely loved’ her job and if it was just down to her judging with none of the trolling involved, it would be the most ‘rewarding’ job she could think of to do.

The Queen of Latin went on to say that after Strictly finished in 2022, she had to take a ‘break’ from TV for ‘re-focus’ on her own industry as well as to ‘protect her sanity’.

Shirley went on to reveal the shocking extent of the messages she received – of which one in five were hateful – saying that the thousands of comments she got whenever she sent someone home were ‘truly awful’.

She added that she was accused of not liking young people or old, men or women, noting that it ‘didn’t matter’ what she’d do, she could ‘never win’.

However, she proudly said that she stood by her decisions and never ‘regretted’ sending anyone home based on how they performed in the dance off, noting she could ‘sleep at night’ with her choices.

In December, Shirley revealed she was taking some time off over Christmas after facing an ‘immense amount of trolling’ throughout the latest series of Strictly Come Dancing.

Hesitant: Shirley previously indicated the previous series may have been her last as she’d hit an ‘all-time low’ after the abuse ‘snowballed out of control’ (pictured in 2022)

The BBC show’s head judge said she was going to ‘get myself together for the new year’ by enjoying some time away for the ‘first time ever’.

The dancing icon decided not to do panto last year, explaining how a scary incident which saw a letter being hand delivered to the theatre last year has affected her decision.

She told S magazine: ‘It’s the first time I’ve taken any time off – ever! I’m taking two and a half weeks off, because of the immense amount of trolling I got throughout this series.

‘I decided I wouldn’t do panto this year. Last time I did it, I got a letter hand-delivered to the theatre that was very off-putting.’

‘I actually kept it. I don’t know why. So I’m going to take some time off and just get myself together for the new year.’

In November Shirley revealed how ‘cruel’ trolls had left her seeking medical help for ‘low mood and anxiety’.

She explained that, for the first time in a career spanning over five decades, she has been to her doctor to find a way to manage the impact the taunts have had on her.

Shirley told OK! Magazine of the abuse she’s endured during the current series of Strictly: ‘It took its emotional toll, that’s why I’m not going to do panto.

‘[I’m] emotional and low and I’m not going to lie to you, it did affect me this year for sure… When it gets personal, that’s cruel.

‘It makes you [go]… ‘Do I look right? Am I too heavy? Am I this? Am I that? Cover up your bingo arms. Should I wear a dress with sleeves?’

MailOnline contacted representatives for Shirley Ballas for comment at the time.

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