Holly Willoughby splashes out on electric Mercedes EQC after bumper This Morning pay rise – The Sun
HOLLY Willoughby has used her bumper £130,000 pay rise to splash out on new wheels and do her bit for the environment at the same time.
The This Morning presenter traded in her massive Mercedes AMG G63 for a fully electric Mercedes EQC after her and costar Phillip Schofield were the only staff at the ITV show to receive a pay rise.
Holly, 39, was spotted getting into her brand new black car outside the posh Cote restaurant in Barnes, south west London, in a casual oversized black puffer coat, sports tights and black sneakers.
The mum of three is in the middle of a pay row at This Morning after it was revealed no other staff got a pay rise, even though the show now airs for an extra half-an-hour every day.
An insider said: “The rumour is that the amount that Holly and Phil have been given for their extra work totals more than the editor’s annual salary, believed to be around £130,000.”
Holly's pay bump comes two years after she got a £200,000 to make up for the pay gap between her and Philipl who was paid more than her for doing exactly the same job.
The pay row comes amid reports of a "toxic" environment at This Morning, with whispers that Holly and Phillip's relationship has become strained after ten years of working together.
Eight high-profile ITV presenters spoke to The Sun about the atmosphere at the show but won't go public because they're scared to lose their jobs.
The most recent bout of tension came after Phillip felt jealous she won a Bafta for co-hosting I'm A Celebrity and didn’t want her to celebrate the win on This Morning.
That bust-up came after Phillip’s fury over a Sunday Times Magazine cover which declared: “How Holly Willoughby eclipsed Phillip Schofield and became Britain’s hottest TV star.”
Holly's old car was a gas guzzling giant SUV worth about £143,370 and even though she only got her hands on it last year, decided to swap it over for the more environmentally friendly Mercede EQC.
The entirely electric car is worth much less at £65,000, but it follows Holly's revelation her children Chester, Harry and daughter Belle suffered from eco-anxiety following the devastating Australian bush fires.
“They come home and more recently I notice that they talk about it a lot. We've always been quite environmental in our home, as much as we can," she said on This Morning in February.
"But they're talking about it in a different way now, the same as what you've seen with the bush fires, all sorts of things. And they do worry about it.”
Holly admitted she felt worried about the impact climate change was having on her children and wondered what she could about it.
"Their questioning has changed, actually it's become quite fearful and I'm wondering as a parent, how do we deal with that? Because it's not just affecting adults, it is affecting our children too."
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