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Strictly judge Bruno Tonioli forced to take £125k pay cut over his no-show this series


STRICTLY Come Dancing judge Bruno Tonioli will be forced to take a pay cut over his no-show this series.

The extrovert judge, 65, has not appeared in person for a single episode owing to filming clashes with US version Dancing With The Stars.

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He had hoped to return for the semi-final in three weeks but we told this week how the plan had been abandoned because of lockdown rules.

Instead, Bruno has popped up only via videolink on the Sunday results shows.

It means he will get only about half his usual £250,000 pay packet.

A source said: “Much of Britain is working from home right now but Bruno is expected, where ­possible, to be there in person.

“He’s contributed less than he ­normally would with all of his Italian flamboyance and high- energy performances in the studio, so he was happy to take less than his usual wage.

“After all, it was his ­decision to focus on the American show while keeping his toe in the UK. There’s no hard feelings.”

Bruno’s pay for the US version dwarfs his Saturday night earnings here — it is thought he gets up to four times as much.

Strictly's Bruno Tonioli appears on first live show via video link

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