This Morning's Ruth Langsford on furious reaction to on-set 'bum pinch'

Joe Anderton
·2-min read
Photo credit: ITV
Photo credit: ITV

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This Morning star Ruth Langsford has been in the industry for a long-time, and has recently opened up about workplace sexism she's experienced.

Appearing on Kate Thornton's White Wine Question Time podcast, the host talked about her career that started in regional TV and has led to her fronting one of daytime's biggest shows and running her own fashion range via QVC.

As well as talking about how women are always called "bossy" whereas men aren't, Ruth recalled an incident where a male co-worker tried grabbing her bum.

Photo credit: ITV
Photo credit: ITV

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She said: "I remember years ago before I was on TV, when I was a transmission assistant, we had to take these big trays of tea around at the evenings for the VT and telecine engineers… it was all men.

"We had a little kitchenette and for some reason it was deemed to be my job (as a) woman.

"I remember taking this tray round and a guy pinched my arse, and I literally put the tray down, I slapped his tea down, and said: 'If you ever touch me again, I'll break your f***ing arm' and I marched out... It just came out.

"Maybe he was used to doing the old feely bum-bum and no-one would say anything, but he wasn't banking on me."

Photo credit: ITV
Photo credit: ITV

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Ruth said that was scared of being reprimanded or losing her job over standing up for herself, but that didn't happen. Kate sadly revealed that she had been fired because she was asked something "immoral" that she thought a man wouldn't be asked to do, and told them to "go f**k yourself" — and was let go for speaking her mind.

This Morning airs weekdays on ITV.

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