QI host Sandi Toksvig has commented that her hosting salary is less than half of what Stephen Fry used to earn for the same role.
“I have recently discovered I get 40 per cent of what Stephen used to get,” she told a Women’s Equality Party conference on the weekend. “And I get the same pay as Alan Davies, who is not the host.
“I temper this with the fact that I love the show and I’m the first woman to host such a show.”
Toksvig, who also hosts The Great British Bake Off, said she wanted to be open about the salary difference in order to combat “the lack of transparency around pay.”
“Until now I had held back from talking about this because this is not about me,” she said. “However, the lack of transparency around pay is a big part of the problem and I hope that being open, I can support women whose work is undervalued.”
But is the salary a reflection of marquee status rather than gender?
Prior to QI the radio presenter had fronted 2 short-lived TV shows. Stephen Fry’s TV career goes back to 1982, headlining shows including A Bit of Fry & Laurie, Kingdom, Absolute Power, documentaries and films such as Wilde.
Toksvig added, “I love QI and the brilliant team who produce it. [Producer] John Lloyd and the team champion women on the show.”
Source: Radio Times