Carrie Bickmore calls out sexism on The Project: 'Awful'

The Project host Carrie Bickmore called out her male panellists on Wednesday night, highlighting sexism and ageism in the workplace.

The panellists were discussing a story about Canadian newsreader Lisa LaFlamme, who was allegedly let go due to letting her hair go grey.

The Project hosts Waleed Aly and Carrie Bickmore talk on the show
The Project's Carrie Bickmore highlighted ageism and sexism in the workplace. Photo: Ten

When panellist Peter Helliar quipped that all the male stars on The Project could go grey and be considered ‘silver foxes’, Carrie was quick to point out the double standard that applied.

“Exactly, and you’ll still be allowed to keep your job! It’s the point of the story Pete,” she said exasperatedly. “Things that you guys just don’t have to worry about, do you?”


In a surprising reveal, Carrie then admitted her natural hair colour is grey, but she has been dyeing it blonde for many years.

“I am fully grey under here,” she announced, motioning to her hair.

“Why don’t you just go for it?” asked Waleed Aly.

“Because I quite like dyeing it. But each to their own. But yes, I’m very grey. I went grey very young,” she replied.

Lisa LaFlamme sits at the CTV news desk with grey hair
Lisa LaFlamme was let go after working for CTV in Canada for 35 years. Photo: CTV News

Guest panellist Luke McGregor condemned Bell Media’s decision to sack the Canadian newsreader, saying that it was ‘horrendous’ and ‘awful’ if her hair colour played a part.

Waleed and Carrie did discuss that while in Australia and the USA television presenters seem to be ‘very blonde’, but in the UK grey hair is more common.

After joking that she’d have to move over there, Peter quipped that Carrie would ‘be grey, after the break’.

L: Johnny Ruffo in tears while being interviewed. R: Johnny Ruffo gets kissed by his girlfriend on the cheek.
Johny Ruffo opened up to Carrie Bickmore on The Project. Photo: Instagram/johnny_ruffo

Johnny Ruffo tears up in emotional interview

This comes after the star interviewed pop singer Johnny Ruffo about his terminal cancer.

In the emotional interview, the former Home and Away star revealed that the hardest part of his diagnosis is thinking about how his girlfriend Tahnee Sims will deal with his death.

“I can only imagine how difficult it [has] been for her. What plays in my head a lot is, I hate to say this, but how hard it may be for her if something does happen to me,” he told Carrie.

Choking back tears, he elaborated on his fear: “It just gets me a little bit emotional about it. Because I know that at some point, something will happen, whether it’s, you know, a month from now, or 10 years from now, or 20 years.”

“It’s terminal cancer, so at some point, it’s going to get me, but I’m still fighting, still kicking on.”

The X Factor contestant told The Project host that the average life expectancy for his type of cancer was only three years, but he’s already beaten that.

“For me, it’s already been five years. My goal is now to help as many people as I can, and live a happy life.”

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