Sharon Osbourne has claimed that Simon Cowell discriminates against women because of their age.

The former X Factor judge explained that the Syco boss prefers younger women on his TV shows.

Speaking at the National Radio Conference in Sydney, Sharon said: "There's no substitute for life experience. I adore Simon but he's ageist with women."

She added: "It will be ten years before women start to sue for being fired because of their age. That's when things will start to change."