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Piers Morgan praises Gary Lineker as he takes a 23% pay cut with the BBC

Gary Lineker signed a new deal with the BBC

Piers Morgan has praised Gary Lineker for taking a substantial pay cut with the BBC.

The footballer turned sports pundit, 59, will take a wage reduction of 23%.

His new salary will be published on the next BBC’s earning report.

However, it is expected, given his past year’s salary, he will lose £405,000 per year.

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Gary Lineker is still one of the top BBC earners (Credit: SplashNews)

Gary Lineker will likely be earning £400,000 less

This will take his annual wage down to an estimated £1.35 million.

His new earnings are part of a new five-year deal with the Beeb.

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He will now be in line with Zoe Ball in terms of top BBC earners.

Gary laughed off the news and tweeted a link to the story with: “Oh dear. Thoughts are with the haters at this difficult time.”

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Piers Morgan and Gary Lineker have engaged in Twitter wars many times in the past (Credit: SplashNews)

In an unprecedented move, Piers Morgan approves

But he has earned his sometimes rival Piers Morgan’s support.

Piers took to Twitter to share his appreciation for Gary taking one for the team.

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He jokingly tweeted: “I’m absolutely disgusted that @GaryLineker has taken a 23% pay cut in the same month he’s said he’s taking in a refugee.

“How the hell are we supposed to hate you now, Jugs?”

The GMB host had previously praised Gary for agreeing to take in a refugee.

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Gary says he plans to take in a refugee ‘within weeks’ (Credit: SplashNews)

Gary says he has no worries about taking in a refugee

Although the pair have feuded many times in the past, Piers thinks Gary’s new plans are worthy ones.

He tweeted: “This is called putting your money where your mouth is.

“Well played @GaryLineker.”

Meanwhile, the Match of the Day host had been taunted by trolls when he expressed sympathy for migrants crossing the English Channel.

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The GMB host seems to be gradually changing his mind about his BBC rival (Credit: SplashNews)

Several asked him why he didn’t take in a refugee.

He finally revealed he plans to take one into his £4 million London home.

He has applied to Refugees at Home, and says he expects to welcome a refugee into his own home ‘within weeks’.

Speaking to The Mirror he said he has no fears about having a stranger live with him.

Gary explained: “I have had so much connection with refugees over the last couple of years.”

In addition, he said: “I have met scores of young ­refugees through football schemes and they are genuinely lovely kids and they appreciate any help they can get.

“I’m sure it will be fine.”

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