Holly Willoughby paid £500,000 last year for replacing Ant McPartlin on I’m A Celebrity

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HOLLY Willoughby pocketed a cool £500,000 last year because of her stint on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!.

The TV presenter, 38, filled in for host Ant McPartlin, 43, because of his self-imposed break from telly to seek help for drink and drug addiction.

Holly helped the show pocket its highest ever ratings in its first week last year
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Ant McPartlin decided to take a break from the limelight to seek help for his booze and drug addiction
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Holly was ITV bosses first choice to take on the role and they used a big cash offer to tempt her in.

A TV source said: “Holly was the first choice to stand in for Ant on the show and the six figure offer reflected how much they wanted to get her on board.

“She’s so popular and she’s got a great relationship with Dec, it was a no brainer.

“Holly’s worth her weight in gold and the fee reflects that.”

Holly Willoughby earned £500,000 for replacing Ant McPartlin on I’m A Celebrity last year
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She was ITV bosses’ first choice to take on the role
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According to documents at Companies House for her firm Roxy Media, Holly had £2,106,734 in the bank at the end of February of this year, up from £1,520,802 from the year before.

It means she earned around £23,000 a day for her three weeks worth of work in Australia deputising for Ant.

Holly temporarily waved goodbye to This Morning last November after she landed the job as Ant’s I’m A Celeb replacement.

Although she was a huge hit with fans, Holly was only there to step in for Ant for one series.

Holly Willoughby has a great relationship with Ant McPartlin and Dec Donnelly
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At the time, Phillip assured viewers it was only a “caretaker role”, adding: “Holly has been a triumph in the jungle.

“I am so pleased because it’s worked out so well for Dec in what was a tricky situation.

“It was always going to be a difficult series for Dec so I was happy Holly was able to step in.”

An ITV source said: “Holly did a top job on the jungle filling in for Ant, and she was rewarded handsomely. She was one of the highlights of last year and her pay packet reflects that.”

Holly made £23,000 a day during her time on the jungle
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Phillip Schofield said he was happy Holly was able to step in
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