I totally agree with you, and I have ALWAYS noticed this since i was a little kid. The girls are so pretty, the guys, not so much. and they can even be old and ugly and annoying and let it all hang out.. you rarely see a disheveld woman on tv but somehow, guys are allowed .. .
From what I get out of it, TV and news is still pretty male dominated.. so they aren't going to hire any woman who isn't thin, young and attractive... women on tv are eye candy, and smile and nod their heads and stuff like 'oh that's wonderful'... and sell cleaning products and love to eat yogurt and worship the benefits antioxidants/ acai berries.
Yea, I don't know, TV is retarded, and I think that (fortunately) most people have figured out by now that it is a skewed image of the world :)
Regis is/was not exceptionally sexy, but that is beside the point-- the difference is that he's still even SEEN on TV at all, whereas female stars, you don't seem to see them around much if they aren't looking young anymore.... it sucks, it seems to be how things are right now