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Fact: female TV presenters have a shorter shelf life

And women don't make it any easier for each other by being so judgemental, writes Eilis O'Hanlon

Published 16/01/2011 | 05:00

Channel Four recently conducted a poll to find the "Best TV Shows of the Noughties". The winner was BBC motoring programme Top Gear, presented by Jeremy Clarkson, a man who is not only on the wrong side of 50 these days, but has the sort of hair that looks as if it has never seen the inside of a celebrity salon, boasts cheeks the colour of beetroot and a gradually expanding midriff of which he is no doubt inordinately fond.

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In fact, Jezza generally looks as if he is much more at home propping up the bar at his local than working out in the gym, but still he powers from strength to strength, popular as ever. Clearly, if he was a woman, Clarkson would've been pensioned off long ago and Top Gear would now be presented by some buff young hunk with his own range of hair gel.

It just ain't fair -- a sentiment which obviously crossed Miriam O'Reilly's mind when, at the age of 51 (Jezza is 50), she and three other female presenters in their 40s were dumped from BBC rural affairs show Countryfile and replaced with younger models.

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