Sir Terry Wogan has said female presenters use their looks to get the best jobs on TV and should not complain when they do not get offered work later in their careers.
The Radio 2 DJ said 'lovelies' like Holly Willoughby and Tess Daly are at risk of being replaced on the highest-rated programmes once their looks deteriorate.
But the 75-year-old insists they have no right to be angry because they used their beauty to land the jobs in the first place.
The veteran broadcaster told the Sunday Mirror that there are no 'permanently pensionable' positions in television and no woman should believe they can work forever.
But he claimed the situation is more positive for older women already in the business, saying newsreaders like Selina Scott and Anna Ford had maintained their looks.
He added: 'The likes of Julia Bradbury, Kate Humble and Clare Balding shouldn’t ever complain as there are more of them than us.'
The former Eurovision Song Contest host also admitted he feels panicked around female presenters because he does not feel any chemistry with them, despite having worked with a number of beautiful women over his 50-year career.
Sir Terry, who will be presenting Children in Need for the 33rd year added: 'For the past few years they have brought out lovelies like Tess and Fearne (Cotton) to keep me company.
'I love the girls and there is always this talk about chemistry between co-presenters but I think it’s a lot of old rubbish.'
With a showbusiness career spanning five decades, he says he has never had a woman presenter throw herself at him and has never been tempted to cheat on his wife (op: erm congrats?), Helen, despite all the beautiful females he has met on his many shows.
The pair celebrated 48 years of marriage in April. He says the key to their successful relationship has been never taking each other for granted.