The Portadown-born star said: "I only started the show last year so, if they were ageist
, they would hardly have hired me at that stage in my career.
"It's not just ageist
, it'sexist as well, because you get the little cute boys, and since the four age groups have come in - because it's over-25s, it's groups, under-25 boys and under-25 girls - since that, it's got much, much worse because you're getting twice the amount of young people coming through."
Mr O'Brien is to seek views on how ageists
can be most effectively dealt with and will put the proposals to MPs next spring.
"It's down to us all as individuals to challenge our own ageist
beliefs and ensure that particularly at work, we make judgments based on skills and ability rather than age.
The scheme is inviting entries in two categories ( one for employers who can demonstrate they have a positive attitude towards age diversity in recruitment, training or development, and the other for individuals who can show how they are defying ageist
stereotypes or have overcome ageism.
How about a ban on cheaper car insurance for older people on the grounds that it discriminates against 21-year-old boy racers in a disgracefully ageist
"There is a very ageist
attitude towards sexuality, and lots of people think you have to hang up your pelvis at 40" - Pamela Stephenson, sex-therapist and contestant in Strictly Come Dancing.
ULRIKA Jonsson has accused the BBC of being ageist
towards its female presenters.
RETURNING Watchdog presenter Anne Robinson said today that she thinks "all television is sexist and ageist
RETURNING Watchdog presenter Anne Robinson has claimed "all television is sexist and ageist
RodneyWynne, 65, accused Bootle-based Barry''s Skip Hire Ltd of being ageist
after they refused to make him redundant.
The 'Girl with a Pearl Earring' actress said that she had already drawn plans to secure herself against the 'ageist
' Hollywood trend.