The former England icon had previously told the Daily Mirror that he wanted to slash his hefty £1.75m salary at the BBC because it was “the right thing” to do. It came as more pressure was placed on the BBC following criticism about OAP’s television licenses being axed. The group was also facing backlash over the gender pay gap controversy.
But according to The Sun, Gary was already being faced with the prospect of having his wage cut.
A source said: “Gary’s deal is up for renewal and that process is ongoing, but the BBC are clear that top earners will have to take cuts and he is no exception.
“The pressure to make savings is intense. It isn’t an option not to take a hit in the current climate.”
An insider added: “Hopefully a deal will be struck soon.”
Gary is the BBC’s highest paid star, with reports suggesting he is worth around £30m.
He had previously said: “I’m currently negotiating a new contract with them and I’m volunteering to take less.”
Gary reportedly took a a £500,000 pay cut to remain a presenter on the show six years ago.
However, the latest revelation prompted a flurry of angry readers to comment on The Sun’s story.
One wrote: “All this self-sacrifice propaganda is a smoke screen.
“If he really thought he was paid too much, he should have given a third to charity.”
Another said: “Disgusting he was on that salary to begin with.”
A third added: “Anyone or anything could present this show and it would always be watched by many as its football.”
He has been fronting the football show since the late 1990s and has an estimated net worth of £30 million.
The football pundit recently joked he was due a pay rise after the show tweeted he had been on for 20 seasons.
Gary responded to the tweet in view of his 7.4 million followers, writing: “Christ! 20 years: must be due a pay rise?”
Back in July, it was revealed he was the highest paid BBC star for a second year in a row.