Sandi Toksvig has claimed that she was turned down by the BBC because of her gender.
Speaking to Radio Times, Toksvig explained that she was up against Angus Deayton for the hosting job in 1990.
Toksvig says that bosses picked Deayton over her because she's a woman - even though they preferred her tape.
"They made two pilots - one with me and one with Angus Deayton," she said.
"I was told by the producers that they preferred my version, but the channel decided they couldn't have a woman in charge."
Toksvig, who is leaving her job as Radio 4's News Quiz host to go into politics, says that the rejection seriously dented her confidence.
General Election 2015: The alternative power list
General Election 2015: The alternative power list
1/18 Rick Edwards
He may have started his career as a T4 pinup - best known for saying “awkward” and “now, for more Friends” - but Rick Edwards has re-launched his career as a politico. Edwards' book None Of The Above was published this year, and he was praised for making the prospect of voting and getting involved in politics exciting for young people.
He gave a TED talk last summer, in which he gave suggestions for how politicians could get under-24s to become passionate about drawing a cross next to a candidate's name.
2/18 Ant and Dec
The Geordie cheeky-chappy TV presenters recently took a turn as political pundits when they discussed their disillusionment with the Labour Party in February.
Ant McPartlin said: “I voted Labour all my life but last election I voted Tory because I was thoroughly disillusioned with the Labour government. Now I'm thoroughly disillusioned with a coalition government.
”I feel we're both staunchly Labour and would vote Labour if we could, but I don't know what their philosophy is any more.“
Declan Donnelly added: ”I'm not sure I could picture him [Ed Miliband] as prime minister.“
3/18 Cheryl Fernandez-Versini
The singer gave a candid interview about her political beliefs, saying that as she paid a "f**king lot of tax" she was obliged to pay careful attention to what each party is saying.
Fernandez-Versini, who normally supports the Labour party, told the Telegraph: "I’ve always been Labour all my life but I want to hear what [the other parties have] got to say for myself. Now that I’m a mature woman."
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4/18 Jack Monroe
A food blogger who spent years on the poverty line struggling to raise her son as a single mother, Jack Monroe has come out as a supporter of the Green Party.
In 2014, Monroe was mired in controversy after saying that David Cameron uses "stories about his dead son as misty-eyed rhetoric to legitimise selling our NHS". Her contract blogging for Sainsbury's was not renewed.
5/18 Armando Iannucci
The Thick Of It creator has been a loud voice for reminding people to vote, and believes that if you don't go to the polling station on 7 May, you're more likely to be penalised by whoever comes to power.
A supporter of the Liberal Democrats in the 2010 election, Iannucci has said he doesn't know who to back this time around, but has been critical of the Tory party's attempted takedown of the SNP.
6/18 Simon Cowell
X Factor founder Cowell said that David Cameron had the “substance and the stomach to navigate us through difficult times”.
7/18 Eddie Izzard
A staunch Labour supporter, comedian Eddie Izzard has been on the campaign trail with the party's candidates from Southwark to Crewe.
Izzard has said he will stand as the Labour candidate for Mayor of London in 2020 and has been a party donor since 1998. During the 2015 campaign, he has been dismissive of what he believes is the Conservative party flaunting their wealth by erecting giant billboards.
8/18 Al Murray the Pub Landlord
South Thanet’s finest, comedian Murray is running against Nigel Farage in his constituency. Leading new party Free United Kingdom Party, Murray’s policies include bricking up the Channel Tunnel and giving the public a British moon on a British stick.
9/18 Russell Brand
Despite famously saying there was no point in voting, Brand has now urged his followers to vote for Green MP Caroline Lucas in Brighton, and told the rest of England "You gotta vote Labour".
Brand's YouTube channel The Trews has prompted debate, and he hit back at David Cameron describing him as a joke, saying that he didn't think there was anything funny about the Tories cutting public services.
10/18 Joey Essex
The Only Way Is Essex star – famed for wearing a watch around his ankle and shoes a size too small so they don’t turn up at the toes – has now dipped his toe into politics. Essex (real name) interviewed Nigel Farage and Nick Clegg for ITV. He didn’t learn a lot, but reckons voting is “reem”.
11/18 Robin Grey – aka David Cameron’s favourite busker
In April, as David Cameron strolled through Alnwick, Northumberland, a ukulele-playing man who told the Prime Minister to "f*** off back to Eton".
That ukulele player was Robin Grey. He told The Independent: "I started singing it ('f*** off back to Eton') [and] I was like, that's a bit crass, I thought I could do better than that. But I just kept on going, because it was coming from the heart."
12/18 Steph & Dom from Gogglebox
The super-posh couple from Sandwich staged an interview with Ukip leader Nigel Farage. Very little actually came out of the debate – apart from Farage spilling a drink down his slacks – but the couple got on with him like a house on fire.
While the couple never expressed their political allegiances, they managed to humanise Farage even more, and we can't exactly see them voting Green at the polls.
13/18 Royal baby
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s daughter Princess Charlotte could sway the election in favour of the Conservatives as people will be happy with the status quo. If it was a boy called Edward, Tories had worried it could sway the public in favour of Labour leader Ed Miliband.
14/18 Myleene Klass
The Hear’Say singer turned businesswoman gave Ed Miliband the grilling of a lifetime, saying that his proposals for mansion tax were unfair, and that: “You can’t just point at things and tax them.”
Posting a picture of Margaret Thatcher, the singer showed her support for the often-controversial Conservative Prime Minister. Apparently free milk in schools and miners rights are less important than a de-regulated financial market to the Like A Virgin singer.
16/18 Martin Freeman
Bilbo Baggins has poked his head out of his Hobbit home to endorse the Labour party. Freeman has filmed passionate messages for the public to encourage people to vote for Miliband’s party.
17/18 Gary Barlow
The Take That singer endorsed the Conservatives in the 2010 election, joking: “I've only known David Cameron for about year. In fact, I was slightly worried at first, because he thought Ronan Keating was part of Take That.”
18/18 Caitlin Moran
Perhaps the essential Twitter follow, and a booming voice for the left in Britain. Times columnist Moran constantly writes thought-provoking articles about women and being working class.
She said: "It also made me feel inadequate and question whether I was really up to it.
"I thought Angus was very good and he's an extremely nice chap. But I would not have been caught with either prostitutes or cocaine, so... possibly I would have been a better bet in the long run."
Toksvig recently announced her departure from broadcasting. She has become a prominent member of the Women's Equality Party.
"I have made jokes over and over again about politics," she said in April. "Do you know, this election I've had enough.
"And I have decided that instead of making jokes about it, I need to participate, so I am involved in the founding of a new political party.
"It's called the Women's Equality Party. It is a fantastic group of women - and indeed men - who have decided that enough is enough and we need to make some changes."
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