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Hilary Barry talks to On the Rag about ageing

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In a new episode of On the Rag, The Spinoff’s monthly feminist web series, Hilary Barry talks all things ageing. The Seven Sharp co-host and former newsreader has dealt with decades of people talking about her looks and has became notorious for her online clapbacks. Exploring everything from the pitfalls of menopause to the snake oil in anti-ageing cream, here are her greatest pearls of wisdom.

On the phrase "mother of the nation"

"I know that people have enjoyed that tag so much they want to put it on someone else but I don't feel like I'm responsible enough. I just feel like some chick on TV… someone you might like to have a beer with."

On the age difference between news anchors

"There were so many comments from people saying ‘she looks like his mother’. But if you look at Mike McRoberts and Sam Hayes, or Mike Hosking and Toni Street, the age difference is 19 years. That’s a bigger age difference, but ain't nobody saying that Mike McRoberts looks like Sam's dad, or that Mike Hosking looks like Toni Street's dad. Yet you put an older woman in that role, suddenly, she looks like his mum."

On her infamous social media clapbacks

"Occasionally, something will really tick me off, or actually really make me laugh. There was one where some woman said, ‘oh my goodness, your thighs on television’. I just thought it was so funny, so I took a close up photo of my thighs in the pants that she had complained about and sent it to her."

On anti-ageing creams

"You're never going to see me on my Instagram feed hocking off some anti-ageing cream. It's very funny because I get sent - unsolicited I should say - constant boxes of anti ageing cream from PR companies. I'm not using that shit. Heaven forbid that I should get any older."

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