Flamboyant Racing pundit John McCririck was sacked, not because of his age, but because his pantomime persona was 'unpalatable' - an employment tribunal ruled today.
The 73 year old, who was making the claim against his former employer Channel 4, said the ruling was a victory for "anonymous suits and skirts".
The Tribunal panel blamed Mr McCririck's on-screen image for his demise along with his 'chauvinist' views and 'confrontational' opinions.
But Mr McCririck's wife Jenny defended her husband to ITV News.
She denied he was "arrogant and confrontational" and said he had taken the ruling "quite badly" and was "quite upset".
Channel 4 thanked Mr McCririck for his previous work but said it was disappointed the matter had been brought to court.