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Great British Bake Off’s Sandi Toksvig confirms she is paid the same as co-host Noel Fielding

After the BBC’s publication of its highest-earning television presenters revealed a large gender pay gap in 2017, a number of women have been fighting back over the imbalance. Sandi Toksvig, who is a campaigner for women’s equality, is one of the many female presenters to have spoken out on the issue.

As she prepares to make her return to our screens on the new series of Great British Bake Off this autumn, the comedian has addressed her pay on the popular TV show.

In a joint interview with her co-host, Noel Fielding, Toksvig told The Telegraph: “Noel and I have complete parity. We’re open and transparent about everything, which is the best way to avoid problems. This issue should have been dealt with long ago. I very much hope everyone will clean up their act. Sadly, I doubt it.”

Toksvig joined the new Bake Off team, which also includes Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood, when the series moved from the BBC to Channel 4 in 2017. But it’s not the first time she has opened up about her pay.

Earlier this year, Toksvig revealed a clause in her GBBO contract which specifies that no-one else on the show gets paid more than she does.

The presenter added that although she would never ask what her colleagues were being paid, she makes sure she isn’t being paid less than a co-worker for doing the same job.

“On my show, nobody’s being paid more than me,” Sandi told The Sun. “I don’t ask what they’re being paid — I just make sure they’re not getting more than me.”

Toksvig co-founded the Women’s Equality Party with journalist, Catherine Mayer, in 2015. In 2016, she told the Radio Times that she was “proud” of the party, adding that it would be “absurd” if her pay cheque for the BBC show QI was not the same as her predecessor, Stephen Fry.

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