Holly Willoughby, 38, has fronted the ITV series This Morning with pal Phillip Schofield, 57, for the past 10 years and has revealed her co-star put his “career on the line” for her. The blonde beauty has said the the initial differences in their wages had absolutely nothing to do with the fact she’s a woman. Speaking to The Sunday Times magazine, Holly branded her co-star the “biggest feminist”. She told the publication: “You know, the biggest feminist I know is Phil.
“The first person that will be standing up screaming from the rooftops would be him, and so it was never an issue.”
In 2017, it was revealed the mother-of-three was set to get a £200,000 pay rise to match Phillip’s.
However she said her salary encompassed all her other shows and it could never be compared to her co-host’s.
Holly said: “If there was a pay gap, it wasn’t just because I was a woman, that wasn’t what it was. I think it was that Phil had been there for such a long time.”
She also spoke about sexism in the workplace and admitted it was not something she ever experienced in her line of work.
She added: “I genuinely haven’t. And, you know, Phil is a man and he practically put his own career on the line to get me this job.”
The ITV star became a household name after she joined the This Morning line-up in 2009.
Prior to her role on the daytime show, the mother-of-three worked alongside Phillip on Dancing On Ice in 2006.
The British star also presented I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! last year as a temporary replacement for Ant McPartlin.
In addition to this role, the host is a team captain on the ITV2 series of Celebrity Juice which is hosted by comedian Keith Lemon.
Meanwhile, Holly also opened up about not discussing her weight or diet on the ITV show as she admitted she doesn’t wish to place unnecessary pressure on women.
The presenter admitted she was worried about other women emulating her and shedding the pounds if she opened up about her weight tips.
Holly spilled: “Yes, I deliberately don’t talk about it. Just because I don’t think it’s helpful to the conversation, for women generally.
“As long as you are healthy and happy, that’s really all that matters.”
She continued: “I just didn’t want to do that. It’s a personal thing for me, and I think that people get obsessive with it.”
This Morning airs weekdays on ITV at 10.30am.