Richard Osman, 48, took to Twitter to announce he was “very proud” of the gender pay gap figures delivered by Endemol Shine UK before he responded to a social media user who questioned “Shouldn’t it be equal?” In view of his 774,000 followers, he wrote: “Very proud once again of the gender pay gap figures just announced by @endemolshineuk. “56% female workforce, all the way to the top of the company. Women paid 2.49% more than men last year. That’s the way we’ve always worked. Also worth noting, it’s incredibly profitable.” A social media user took to the micro-blogging site to respond to the tweet and wrote: “If those figures were the other way around, would he [Richard] have tweeted them with such gusto?”
The Pointless host swiftly responded, saying: “If they were the other way around they would still be better than virtually every other major organisation in the UK. Last year the figures were dead level and I tweeted with gusto then too.”
However, the Twitter user appeared to question the TV whizz again as he suggested Richard was not answering their question.
The social media user said: “That's not what I asked Richard, if you had more men than women on the payroll, and you paid men more (regardless of the percentage) would you put out a celebratory tweet?”
To which Richard replied: “Just say ‘well done, that’s refreshing, I hope other organisations can learn some lessons from the way your company have achieved an unrivalled gender balance’."