Gabby Logan has slammed Sky Sports for the way it treats female presenters.
The 40-year-old star – who worked for the brand from 1996 to 1998 – has hit out at the company for not giving female hosts of the 24-hour Sky Sports News channel, who include Charlotte Jackson and Georgie Thompson, a "career path" at the organisation compared to their male colleagues.
She said: “The girls are basically wearing a leotard while the bloke’s in a suit and a tie. It’s fine if they’re given a career path, but there have never been any big breakthrough women on Sky. We all have to go to other places.”
The 'Splash!' co-host – who started her career at Metro Radio in Newcastle before landing a job at Sky – also insisted sexism is still alive within the TV industry.
The blonde beauty – who is married to retired Scottish rugby star Kenny Logan - added to the Radio Times magazine: "A boss at the BBC once told me that I was too glamorous and pointed to my high-heeled boots.
“I said, ‘I’ve just come from a radio show, it’s what I wear’. He said, ‘You don’t wear them when you do the dishes, do you?’
“If I’d just gone off and slept with the star player, they would have said, ‘See, that’s what happens when girls report on sport.'
“But as I wasn’t interested in dating David Ginola, they gave me more responsibility.”
However, Sky Sports have hit back at Gabby's comments, insisting their female presenters are "passionate and knowledgeable about sport".
A spokesman said: “While we respect Gabby’s opinion and her work, we’re surprised by the comments as there are many talented women who have developed successful presenting or reporting careers at Sky Sports.
“They include trained journalists, passionate and knowledgeable about sport, who work on our most high profile sports including football, golf, cricket and Formula 1.
“It would be disrespectful to those women if we didn’t challenge the idea that they are there for any reason other than merit."