Jonathan Ross made sure he was paid same as Katherine Ryan on Roast Battle to halt pay gap disputes

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Katherine praised Jonathan for ensuring they had equal pay (Picture: Rex)

Katherine Ryan has revealed that Jonathan Ross refused to do the new series of Roast Battle without knowing he was being paid the same as her.

The TV presenter joins Katherine and Jimmy Carr on the panel for the new series of the harsh battle of wits after replacing Russell Brand from series one.

But in light of the gender pay gap remaining a strong conversation within the UK industry, Jonathan took extra steps to make sure that everything was equal for his co-star.

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 05: Katherine Ryan attends the GQ Men of the Year awards at Tate Modern on September 5, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/Mike Marsland/WireImage)

Katherine is the leading lady of comedy in new Roast Battle (Picture: WireImage)

In an interview clip in the paper, posted on Twitter by Caitlin Moran, Katherine said of her new co-star: When Jonathan joined for the second series he approached me and said, “How much are you getting paid for this, because I wont do it if Im earning more than you”.



Thats the first time a man has ever said this. He took the initiative and I really appreciate it.

The move has been praised by people online as a bold move for the high-flying TV personality.

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Jonathan and Katherine are joined by Jimmy Carr on the new series of the harsh putdown show (Picture: Comedy Central)

Numerous British stars have come forward with their own tales of how they have been underpaid by their male counterparts since the BBC released their annual payments and revealed that the overwhelming majority of the top ten earners

This includes a £50k pay gap between The One Shows Alex Jones and co-presenter Matt Baker and Sandi Toksvig revealing she is paid only 40% of Stephen Frys wage for the same job on QI.

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Sarah Montague quit the BBC radio programme Today after finding out that all her male co-presenters were earning a substantial amount more than her.

The worst of all was John Humphreys, who had negotiated a pay packet four times her wage.

Roast Battle continues on Sunday at 11pm on Comedy Central.

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