LEN Goodman has claimed his Strictly replacement Shirley Ballas should get a £70,000 payrise to match his salary.
He was paid £250,000 during his 13-year stretch on the hit BBC show.
Shirley Ballas has become a firm favourite on the judging panel since replacing Len Goodman
But Shirley’s contract saw her paid just £180,000. to be head judge.
Len, 74, said: “If you’re doing the same job, you should get the same money.
“The only thing that comes between that is what Craig said – when someone’s got more experience.
“But does that matter? I don’t think it does. You have to turn up at the same time, critique the dancing the same. I think it’s perfectly fine.
PA:Press Association Len bowed out of being head judge in 2016
PA:Press Association There has been a lot of discussion as to how much Shirley should be paid
“It’s difficult to step in for anyone. She did really well.”
It comes after judge Craig Revel Horwood backed the BBC bosses decision not to pay Shirley as much as Len.
He said: “Len earned a major reputation and put the show on the map like we all did.
“We all created it from the beginning. And I don’t think it’s comparable. Sorry. It just isn’t.”
Craig is paid the same as Darcey, while fan favourite Bruno Tonioli’s salary is in the £200,000 to £250,000 bracket.
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