Gloria Hunniford has revealed that she “will never retire” and talks about the strong North Irish work ethic that drives her forward.
The 81-year-old presenter was speaking on the Show and Tell with Christopher Biggins podcast when she announced that her contract on the BBC show Rip Off Britain was extended until 2023.
While she’s delighted that she can continue working, as she “loves learning”, she joked that her husband, Stephen Way, could “fall apart” when he finds out she will still be working at 83.
The Portadown native also noted that her son Michael was trying to tempt her to quit and relax in France, but Gloria said she was not one to stand up, which she credits to the North Irish work ethic that she grew up on. with.
She said: “I am very proud that longevity has been there. Michael, he will say, ‘Mom, why don’t you go and sit in France for months at a time?’ When you’re cleared to go to France, of course.
“But I tell him, ‘I don’t want to do this. I don’t want to sit down somewhere and do nothing.’
“I often tell young people, if you’re any lucky you have to work on it to keep it. So here I am in my 81st year, still in business and in commission until 2023, so it’s not bad.”
Gloria, who co-hosts Rip Off Britain with co-hosts Angela Rippon, 76, and Julia Somerville, 74, said the show wouldn’t work if presented by younger presenters because viewers won’t wouldn’t trust them as much.
The program focuses on exposing and rectifying the nightmares of consumers nationwide. Viewers send out submissions detailing how they feel ripped off, which presenters use to undertake their own investigation of the situation.
Gloria explained, “Because we’ve all lived a little bit, we’ve been around the block a little bit, the public believes us when we talk to them about consumer affairs.”