Carol Vorderman reveals BBC boss told her ‘your t*ts aren’t big enough for TV’

Presenter Carol Vorderman says that she wishes she had stood up to bullies as a teenager.

The presenter says women can be “people pleasers” who feel the need to be polite – and believes she would tell her younger self to be feistier and more assertive.

The 57-year-old ex-Countdown star said: “Women can sometimes put themselves last.

“We were brought up, ‘Whatever you do you have to be polite’. But you have to know when to fight, we were never taught that.

“I would tell my 18-year-old self, ‘If your gut instinct says this person is a bully or you don’t want to be with them, say it there and then. Don’t be too nice’.”

Asked about the #MeToo movement, which has seen women speak out about sexual harassment and assault, often at the hands of high-profile media stars, Carol said today’s females were living in a better climate than decades ago.

She said: “There were things that happened in the ’80s and ’90s that wouldn’t be ­acceptable now but they were things that I coped with."

Cambridge graduate Carol, who was in engineering before telly, said: “I lived in a ‘man’s world’ as an engineer so I had a tough skin. I once worked underground with 2,000 men. . . err, interesting!”

The maths whizz recently told how she was humiliated by a sexist television boss in his office.

She said: “In TV there were a few men who’d push their luck.

“I went to see one man at the BBC when I was 24 or 25 and I’d been on Countdown for years.

“He was an hour late, he put his feet on the table and said, ‘No, your t*ts aren’t big enough for television, you’ve no chance’.”

Carol, who is host of the Mirror’s Pride of Britain Awards, is standing in for Lorraine Kelly next week.

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The twice-married mum, who is now single, appeared on the show last month to talk about women finding love after 50.

In reports yesterday she told how she was “living her dream” by partying hard.

She said her 50s were her best decade and she did not want to be “saddled with some bloke” despite huge pressure on women to have partners.

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