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Carol Vorderman: 'BBC boss said my boobs were too small for TV'

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Carol Vorderman has revealed that a top BBC executive once told her she would never make it in TV because her breasts "aren't big enough".

The Loose Women host contacted several companies in 1985 to progress her presenting career following her debut on Countdown three years earlier.

Carol Vorderman, 2012 Pride of Britain awards at Grosvenor House

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Describing her experience at the BBC, Vorderman told The Mail on Sunday: "It wasn't an interview for a particular job - it was just a meeting with one of the very big bosses on the sixth floor at Television Centre.

"He arrived an hour late. Eventually he came in. He'd been drinking. He sat in his chair and he put his feet on the desk. He looked at me and said, 'So what do you want to do?'.

"I replied, 'If there are any jobs, I'd be very interested to hear about anything and I'm just really coming to meet you so that you could take my name and consider me for things in the future'.

"He said, 'Nah love, your t*ts aren't big enough'. I mean, can you imagine?"

Carol Vorderman

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Carol Vorderman

BBC sign at Television Centre

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Television Centre



Vorderman didn't report the incident, but went on to present BBC One science programme Tomorrow's World in the '90s.

She added: "I don't hold resentments. Life and times have moved on. Now a lot of the bosses are women so you just wouldn't get that. But that was the time we lived in."

The BBC called the executive's comments "completely unacceptable" and said that it would look into the claims.

An internal inquiry is already being conducted into claims of a sexual harassment culture at the BBC in the past and its handling of the issue.

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