Tess Daly, 49, hits out at ageism and sexism in TV as she insists she 'hasn't ...

She's one of the most popular presenters on the small screen, having earned her place as a household name.

And now, Tess Daly has spoken out to denounce the fact that female television presenters over the age of 40 have to ­'defend' themselves. 

The Strictly Come Dancing host, 49, who has two children with her husband, and fellow presenter, Vernon Kay, says she hopes attitudes change for the sake of their daughters.

Hitting out: Tess Daly, 49, has spoken out to denounce the fact that female television presenters over the age of 40 have to ­'defend' themselves

Hitting out: Tess Daly, 49, has spoken out to denounce the fact that female television presenters over the age of 40 have to ­'defend' themselves

Tess discussed her concerns with Health and Fitness magazine, raging: 'Why are we labelled? We shouldn’t be.

'As soon as you hit 40, you have to defend your right to be that 'great age', and still working in the media. But why should I defend my great age?

'You only notice [the age question] when you keep being asked about it. It just seems sexist and limiting. I hope it changes for our daughters.' 

The mother-of-two went on to compare the life of a female presenter behind a video camera to that of a model, which has an intense focus on size, shape and .

Time for change: The Strictly Come Dancing host who has two children with her husband, and fellow presenter, Vernon Kay, says she hopes attitudes change for the sake of their daughters

Time for change: The Strictly Come Dancing host who has two children with her husband, and fellow presenter, Vernon Kay, says she hopes attitudes change for the sake of their daughters

Raging: Tess discussed her concerns with Health and Fitness magazine, raging: 'Why are we labelled? We shouldn’t be; Pictured with Claudia Winkleman on BBC in 2016

Raging: Tess discussed her concerns with Health and Fitness magazine, raging: 'Why are we labelled? We shouldn’t be; Pictured with Claudia Winkleman on BBC in 2016

Furious: 'As soon as you hit 40, you have to defend your right to be that 'great age', and still working in the media'; Pictured with Sir Bruce Forsyth on BBC in 2014

Furious: 'As soon as you hit 40, you have to defend your right to be that 'great age', and still working in the media'; Pictured with Sir Bruce Forsyth on BBC in 2014

The former model explained: 'All my adult life, I’ve

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