‘They can’t afford to lose her’: ITV has ‘agreed on a last resort to increase Holly Willoughby’s salary’ amid legal feud with her old management
ITV is reportedly considering ‘raising’ Holly Willoughby’s salary as the This Morning presenter’s legal battle with her old agents ‘reaches crisis level’.
Holly, 40, hired lawyers to take action against the YMU Group after demanding a percentage of her future earnings, it was reported in February.
Network bosses are now worried that Holly will leave her role of This Morning if she has to pay YMU the estimated 15% sunset provisions they ask for.
Pay raise: ITV reportedly considering ‘raising’ 40-year-old Holly Willoughby’s salary as This Morning presenter’s legal battle with her old agents ‘reaches crisis level’
A source said The sunHolly’s YMU feud caused serious concern at ITV as they know how adamant she is that she shouldn’t have to pay them.
They hope the situation can be resolved amicably. But they agreed on a last resort to increase her salary if it reached crisis level and they can’t afford to lose her. ‘
The newspaper added, “They haven’t had a conversation with Holly about this yet and she would never dream of asking for a raise.”
MailOnline has contacted representatives for ITV and Holly for comment.
Sunset commissions are commissions collected by agents from a star who is no longer on their roster, meaning that YMU could receive a discount on her performances on Dancing On Ice and This Morning in the future.
Legal battle: Holly hired lawyers to take action against the YMU Group after they demanded a percentage of her future earnings, it was reported in February
Holly founded her own all-female agency called Roxy last year — and now manages herself.
She would be willing to pay YMU commissions for jobs arranged while she was with them, but not if those contracts are renewed, The Sun reports.
The mother of three has been told she could be forced to pay YMU around £ 10,000 if their offer were successful.
The presenter has hired a team of lawyers – whom she met in February – to make sure that doesn’t happen.
A source told The Sun, “Nobody wanted this to be legal, but Holly won’t just give away her hard-won millions without a fight.”
They added, “This is a sad finale to what was once a hugely successful partnership.”
YMU currently represents celebrities, including Willoughby’s This Morning co-star Phillip Schofield.
“But YMU seems unhappy that it was set up on its own and feels entitled to maximize a sunset commission to claim commission for contract renewals.”
Willoughby reportedly left YMU in August.
She is said to have made plans to lead herself on an all-female team when she left the agency – with whom she was together for 13 years.
Getting ready: Holly gears up for legal battle with her longtime agents in a row that could cost £10m, insiders claim