Gabby joined The One Show’s Alex and Michael to discuss a wide range of topics this evening, from women in football to her new podcast, The Midpoint. It was during a chat on the BBC magazine show about her podcast, however, that left 58-year-old Michael less than impressed. Gabby revealed she launched the podcast to speak to as many “inspirational mid-lifers” as possible, before revealing the age bracket in which one would qualify to be classed as the term. Needless to say, Michael wasn’t best pleased to discover he was at the latter end of the scale.
Speaking on The One Show, Gabby revealed those between the ages of 30 to 58 are classed as ‘mid-life’ while those 58 and older are classed as ‘old’.
Gobsmacked by the revelation, a stunned Michael asked “what?” before staring around the BBC studio in shock.
Gabby spotted the perfect opportunity for a joke as she quipped: “I know, sorry Michael.”
“I don’t know what you’re talking about!” snapped Michael back, jokingly insulted by the insinuation he’d be classed as “old”.
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He added: “Why would you talk to me?” as Richard tried to eleviate the tensions by joking it was because he’d recently turned 30.
The One Show hosts and his guests continued to share a laugh by the revelation before Gabby felt the need to plea not to be taken off air.
When asked by Alex which of her guests had felt the most “anxious” about getting older, Michael joked: “Me now.”
This prompted Gabby to reply: “No, Michael, and please don’t pull the plug on me. I can feel you’re just gonne turn me off now.”
Michael jokingly responded: “She’s gone,” as he motioned a swipe with his hand.
The BBC Sport host continued: “It’s interesting, people have got such different attitudes as to where they are.
“Like Claudia Winkleman had a brilliant expression about age and she said: ‘Hey look, that train’s left teh station, I don’t care about getting old,’
“But we did kind of see she does care about still wanting to be active and do things but she says she’s not as ambitious maybe but then she wants to keep working.”
Gabby then gave a special mention to podcast guest and comedian John Bishop as she added: “And then you’ve got people like John [Bishop] who, the reason why I wanted to have John on the first episode is because he was still selling pharmaceutical drugs at 39,
“Didn’t get paid for a comedy gig until he was 40 and what I learnt about Richard last week is you didn’t present a TV show until you were 40.”
Nodding in agreement, Richard replied: “Yeah, absolutely.”
As the chat came to a close, Michael appeared to be a lot more at ease with the idea in what is his final appearance of the week.
Instead, former Boyzone singer Ronan Keating will be filling in alongside Alex.
The show’s official Twitter account broke the news to its 76.6k followers.
It tweeted: “Have you heard the news?! @ronanofficial will be co-hosting #TheOneShow tomorrow with @MissAlexjones,
“Set your reminders now! See you back on @BBCOne from 7pm with an exclusive performance from @GregoryPorter and @DrRanj will be in to answer your questions!”
The One Show continues weekdays at 7pm on BBC One.