January’s Cosmopolitan UK focused on the highs and lows of female friendship, featuring famous British TV personalities and best friends Fearne Cotton and Holly Willoughby. Cotton and Willoughby’s presence on the British small screen came under some fire a little while back with accusations that the blonde duo were edging out the older and more experienced competition by selling their abundant sex and youth to BBC producers and audiences.
Rather than help them fight their image as giggly girlfriends, the interview focuses on what they envy in one …
According to the Mail Online, UK’s Education Secretary, Michael Gove has accused the BBC of ageism, saying that he’d rather watch Selina Scott (left) or AbFab‘s Joanna Lumley on TV than Holly Willoughby (right) or Fearne Cotton.
Many people believe that the BBC has a long record of age discrimination, the most recent incident being the firing of Countryfile‘s Miriam O’Reilly after the BBC had announced plans to “revamp” the show. O’Reilly alleges that she had been told to “be careful about those wrinkles” while on the program, and was eventually fired in favor of younger staff members. A tribunal has ruled that O’Reilly was, in fact, the victim of age discrimination and is expected to receive a £150,000 payout from the BBC, which has already apologized to her and offered her her job back.