Robinson triggers ageism in television controversyFormer Watchdog TV presenter, Anne Robinson, 64, sparked controversy when she said: “All television is sexist and ageist” in an interview with the Radio Times.

She stated: “There are a lot of pretty young things with not much talent appearing on television.”

Robinson left TV programme Watchdog to pursue a career with the Weakest Link, which aired in both the UK and US. She hosted the programme from 1993 to 2001.

After a 16 year absence, Robinson recently returned to host the BBC show.

She has recently been in the media spotlight regarding a second face lift. Denying allegations, she told the Daily Mail on Tuesday, “Of course I would say if I had had more surgery. It wouldn’t be fair for other women to wonder how I look so unlined and they don’t.”

Robinson had a facelift and botox injections while hosting the Weakest Link in 2004. She spent £9,000 because “she had been left horrified after seeing herself on television.”
Despite undergoing procedures to slow the ageing process, she told the Radio Times that her youthful appearance “is all down to healthy living.”

Robinson extended her TV criticism to include the disadvantage dealt to men, stating, “Young women have better chances of getting the same position than men in media.”

She said: “There are a lot of pretty young things with not much talent appearing on television here, and I don’t think that young guys who are not as attractive would get those gigs. I’m quite pragmatic: If there was a lovely blonde with huge breasts and long legs who had my experience and wit, I’d be out of a job.”


Actress Joanna Lumley, 63, agreed that getting older affects the roles you get in showbusiness.
However, she finds this behavior acceptable.

She said: “If you are old you’re not going to play young leads any more, that’s a fact. In the film world, the camera loves a young person, man or woman. That’s a fact. In the acting game, there have always been 10 parts for men to two parts for women. That’s a fact.”

Lumley believes that people should accept ageism in TV.

 She held the same opinion regarding the replacement of Strictly Come Dancing judge Arlene Phillips, 66, by a much younger 30-year-old Alesha Dixon.

Viewers did not hold the same viewpoint as Phillip’s dismissal angered many.

01/09/09

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