‘I get cross’ Anne Robinson claims women should become tougher to avoid harassment at work
Countdown host Anne Robinson, 76, has shared her belief that modern women are “too fragile” in the workplace. She also urged women to toughen up to avoid harassment.
Anne, who rose to fame as host of BBC’s The Weakest Link, spoke out following the MeToo and Time’s Up movements.
The star revealed she felt “cross” about the situation, as she claimed there are many “clever women” who fail to protect themselves from “nonsense” caused by men.
She said: “I do believe even the dimmest of men are beginning to realise that women should be safe in lifts, but I promise there are a few easy tricks to not be putting up with nonsense in the office.
“I slightly get cross that women don’t learn to look after themselves better in an office, in a work environment.
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“Clever women now get jobs, which they didn’t necessarily 50 years ago.”
The TV personality added to Saga magazine: “I’m not quite sure how they become more fragile, I don’t mind them being fragile, but I do think there are a few tricks.
“I’d say you actually pull him aside and say, ‘What you did was totally inappropriate, don’t dare do it again.’”
Anne credits her no-nonsense approach to men from her upbringing and lessons she learnt from her businesswoman Anne Josephine.
She then found success by moving into TV.
Anne previously argued that equality is a long way off, despite some of the progress made in recent years.
She told Radio Times earlier this month: “I’m still not sure that younger women have worked out what they want.
“Having passed on the warrior baton that enabled women to become prime ministers and heads of city institutions, it transpires they were still having to put up with inappropriate behaviour from men while not doing anything about it.
“I’m starting to feel like it’s going to take another 100 years to get true equality.”
Anne made a name for herself as the Queen of Mean while she was fronting quick-fire general knowledge game show The Weakest Link.
However, she recently revealed she felt worried about being too mean in certain episodes.
The presenter said: “There were times when I’d go a bit too hard and I’d say to the producers, ‘Don’t use that.’
“But the contestants would almost all have been bitterly disappointed if I hadn’t been the Queen of Mean!”
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