Former Playschool host Monica Trapaga has recalled how TV executives turfed her out because she was getting ‘too old’ and replaced her with ‘younger soapie star types’.
The veteran entertainer, 56, said on Thursday she was one the casualties of a policy at the ABC in the late ’90s to replace older presenters with younger talent.
‘The kids loved them [the older hosts], the show was going great, but somewhere along the way some executive decided to do a sweep of all the older generation presenters,’ she told The Australian.
Replaced: Playschool host Monica Trapaga (pictured in 2013) has claimed TV executives turfed her out because she was getting ‘too old’ and replaced her with ‘younger soapie star types’
She was proud of Playschool for being a trailblazer for its time by casting stars from different cultural backgrounds, as well as older and disabled presenters.
During her tenure from 1990 to 1998 she co-hosted alongside the likes of Benita Collings, Noni Hazlehurst, Colin Buchanan, John Hamblin and George Spartels.
But she said they were all replaced by ‘younger soapie star types’ by the turn of the century, Monica said.
Memories: The 55-year-old said during the late 90s the ABC had let go of older presenters on the show. Pictured right is Monica with co-host Simon Burke
Loved by the audiences: ‘The kids loved them, the show was going great, but somewhere along the way some executive decided to do a sweep of all the older generation presenters,’ she said
Monica also recalled her stint on Channel Seven’s Better Homes and Gardens as a decorating presenter from 1997 to 2003.
She alleged an executive at the network didn’t want anyone appearing on the show who didn’t look ‘f**kable’, so when she reached 40 her contract wasn’t renewed
The jazz singer and recent National Art School graduate told the publication that ageism needs to be taken seriously in Australia.
Different times: Monica recalled her stint on Channel Seven’s Better Homes and Gardens. She said another executive didn’t anyone appearing on the show who didn’t look ‘f***able’ and that when she reached 40, her contract was renewed for a new season on the Logie winning show
‘So much ageism happens unconsciously and it’s allowed to keep happening because we don’t feel sufficiently informed or empowered to push back,’ she said.
Monica has since moved on from her television career and is now a host on digital radio station ABC Jazz.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted the ABC and Channel Seven for comment.
Time for change: She said that the attitude toward ageism needs to be taken seriously in Australia. Monica has since moved on from her TV career and is a host on ABC’s Jazz on digital radio. Pictured right is Monica reuniting with Playschool co-host Colin Buchanan