The Traitors' Claudia Winkleman responds to "problematic" show exit

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Traitors' Claudia Winkleman on "problematic" exitLlara Plaza - BBC

The Traitors series 2 spoilers follow.

The Traitors' Claudia Winkleman has admitted the show's recent eliminations highlight a "problematic" pattern.

The presenter of the BBC hit show appeared on Woman's Hour on BBC Radio 4 on January 17, where host Emma Barnett read a question from a listener named Harriet.

"Why is it that all the people that get murdered by the Traitors are all women bar one? And secondly, why are the Traitors so ageist? One of them [Traitors] was a woman and a bit older, so they murdered her straight away," was the question.

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Harriet was referring to Ash Bibi being banished by her fellow Traitors, as well as the gang of Traitors normally choosing older women as their "victims".

"Well, I mean, correct, Harriet. And I would like to sit down with Harriet and have quite a few conversations about it," Winkleman responded.

"I don't want to say anything, because what if people haven't watched? So I'm not going to say any names," she added. "But yeah, it's problematic. But then you'll carry on watching and you'll see, and that is all I can say."

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The show sees 22 strangers retreating to a castle in the Scottish Highlands where the Faithfuls have to identify the Traitors hiding amongst them for the chance to win a cash prize.

When the contestants think they have discovered a Traitor, they can banish them from the castle. At nighttime, the Traitors reunite to pick a victim who will be "murdered".

So far on series two, five female contestants have been murdered (Faithfuls Aubrey Emerson, Kyra Johnson, Meg Carrick, Tracey Griffin and Diane Carson) and two (Faithful Sonja Clarke and Traitor Ash) have been banished.

Meanwhile, only three male contestants (Faithfuls Brian Davidson and Jonny Holloways and Traitor Miles Asteri) had to leave the show due to a banishment.

The Traitors series 2 airs on BBC One and BBC iPlayer. For further details, check out the full Traitors series 2 release schedule here.

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