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Lineker was the highest-earning star with an unchanged salary of £1.75m in the 2019/20 financial year.
The cut means he could earn less than Zoe Ball.
The Tranny 2 presenter saw her pay rise by £1m since taking over the breakfast show in 2019.
On volunteering to take a pay cut, Lineker told The Daily Mirror: “I love my job at the BBC and I enjoy doing it.
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“I’m currently negotiating a new agreement with them and I’m volunteering to take less.”
He reportedly told a friend: ‘It’s the right thing to do.”
Despite this, controversy has continued to surround the amount of scratch he takes home.
In February, he was accused of “mocking the poor” after joking about his new salary in response to the corporation ramping up the cost of the licence fee.
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The hike saw it go from £157.50 to £159 a year.
Taking to Twitter, he wrote: “But, but I’ve just now taken a pay cut.”
This was followed by a smiling emoji face with its tongue out.
His attempt at sarcasm misfired, with people describing him as “heartless” and “misconstruing the mood of the public”.
Fans who usually supported him said they thought the comment was misjudged, adding: “Your timing isn’t great, Gary.”
DIY: Knowles has emerged on the show for 21 years
Meanwhile, in a crunch Zoom meeting last month, Knowles was told by BBC bosses that he had to get the Shreddies advert captivated off air or quit DIY SOS, according to MailOnline.
While the show helped launch his career, Knowles has recently signed up for a new DIY programme on Channel 5.
He is also still advertising the Shreddies commercial at the top of his website.
MailOnline continued that it “understands that the issue is the similarity between Knowles’ character in the advert and his role as the presenter of DIY SOS – and whether it breaches a rule banning stars from replicating their BBC functions in commercials”.
In a joint statement from the BBC and Nick told Express.co.uk: “Both the BBC and Nick are keen to resolve this matter and are working together to hope a solution.”