Despite once being one of the UK’s most recognised television faces, the Scottish star exclusively told Express.co.uk that she was refused a job as a panellist because of her contented marriage.
“It was quite a long time ago, before I left television. I auditioned because I thought I’d have a laugh and that it’d be good to be a part of it.”
However, the interview process wasn’t quite what Carol had in mind as the Changing Rooms star – who has since retired from television to launch her own successful underwear range – was asked personal questions about her love life.
“I eventually got in to see them and I had this weird interview where the producer said, ‘So, tell me about your romantic past’, and I said, ‘What do you mean?’ and he said, ‘Well, how many boyfriends have you had?’
“I thought, ‘Are you allowed to say that?’ It’s ridiculous. I told him not many but I said I felt that the current panel, at the time, didn’t have a fair representation of all women.
“I’d been married, at that point, for about, I don’t know, 15 or 20 years, and I said, ‘I’m still very happily married and it’s only fair that you have a good mix of women who have had divorces, some who are still married, some who are single, some who are young and some who are old’.”
But the producer reportedly didn’t seem keen on the mother-of-three’s seemly past.
She confessed: “He was like, ‘Hmm… You know they all go on holiday together?’ I said, ‘Is that a proviso?’ and he was like, ‘No, but you know’.
“I didn’t get it, but I thought I don’t really know that I want to be on that.”
Express.co.uk has contacted ITV for comment.
Now, Carol has shunned a life in the limelight to pursue Diary Doll, an underwear line with a difference.
Designed to target “life’s little leaks”, Carol’s pretty pants are made with an invisible waterproof lining that helps stop messes caused by heavy periods, a weak pelvic floor or welcoming a baby….