TOWIE stars in pay row
The cast of 'The Only Way Is Essex' are reportedly demanding to be paid as much as the stars of the nation's biggest soaps
The cast of 'The Only Way Is Essex' are demanding to be paid as much as soap stars.
The tan-tastic team - including Lauren Goodger, Amy Childs and Mark Wright - are currently only being paid £50 per day by bosses of the ITV2 show, and are having to supplement their income with nightclub appearances, product endorsements and magazine deals.
However, a number of the stand-out stars of the show have reportedly threatened to quit the series unless their salaries match the £70,000 to £150,000 earned by actors in the nation's most popular soaps.
Despite their demands, ITV chiefs have said they "won't be held to ransom".
An insider told the Daily Star newspaper: "The stars feel they deserve more than £50 a day for their efforts. It's quite a measly amount.
"But it seems their demands have fallen on deaf ears. They were even told, 'All of you can be replaced'."
The cast were recently said to be growing increasingly "unhappy" about the way they are being treated by bosses of the BAFTA-winning show, especially as it's "impossible" to fit in full-time jobs around the 'TOWIE' filming schedule.
A source explained: "The cast were really unhappy between the two series. Despite it being a reality show, they felt they deserved to get paid for their time.
"It's impossible for them to hold down full-time jobs while the series is going on, especially when there are scenes in their workplace, such as when Amy books another cast member into her salon. And Mark has to arrange important meetings about his club Deuces around his filming schedule."