Holly Willoughby ‘supported’ by Fern Britton as she speaks out on ex-agent pay dispute

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Fern Britton, 63, has appeared to support her This Morning successor, Holly Willoughby in her latest tweet, as she claimed her old agent is trying to take a cut of her cash. The Daughters of Cornwall author suggested that the agency she was formerly with had tried to claim a percentage of her future earnings.

10% of any future earnings…

Fern Britton

She tweeted: “An ex-agent is asking for 10% of any future earnings ….”

And later added: “Ps For clarity, this is NOT my literary agents who are beyond reproach in every way”.

Underneath, fans supported Fern, as they wished her “good luck”.

One said: “Ha…the old ‘ad Infinitum’ clause. I’ve had to fight that myself in the past and basically, Equity (I was then a member) said it can’t be enforced!”

Another replied: “Are they talking about earnings on any deal they may have brokered for you in the past? Like book sales?”

While a third commented: “Would they like you to gift wrap the cheque too? It’s exhausting Fern, isn’t it? I’m sure you will get it sorted, but a worry you don’t need all the same.”

A fourth remarked: “Would suggest you go online find a suitable literary type solicitor and have a free one-hour session via telephone or zoom. Most I would have thought would be very pleased to work with you. Good luck Fern.”

Fern, who left This Morning in 2009, was referring to her former agents, the YMU group, according to the Daily Star, who are also said to be in a legal dispute with Holly over a potential seven-figure payout.

Despite Holly leaving the firm last year, the company has claimed they are still entitled to a cut of her future payments under a “sunset clause”.

This allows agents to collect fees from celebrities who have left them.

The sunset provisions would mean that YMU would get around 15 per cent of new contracts Holly signs, if she was with them when she originally started the gig.

The payout would therefore include a cut from Holly’s possible future contracts with This Morning and Dancing On Ice.

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A source told The Sun: “No one wanted this to go legal but Holly won’t simply give away her hard-fought millions without a fight.”

“This is a sad finale to what was once a hugely successful partnership. 

“But YMU seem unhappy she’s set up on her own and feel entitled to maximise a sunset provision to claim commission on the renewal of contracts.”

Fern also left YMU last year and is reportedly “shocked” at the firm’s attempts to take a cut of her future earnings.

A source close to her told the publication: “Like Holly, Fern was shocked that she is expected to hand over large percentages of her deals to an old agency and felt empowered to speak out about it.

“She is supportive of Holly in what she is doing.  Holly has been a real trailblazer in the industry and inspired many to make a stand. 

“It could lead to a female powerhouse revolution,” they added.

A representative for Fern has been contacted for comment by Express.co.uk.

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