Comedian and game show host Alexander Armstrong has said he "bitterly resents" so-called "posh-bashing".
The Pointless host said he finds the "tribal aversion to anyone with a posh voice... very boring".
In an interview with The Sunday Telegraph, Mr Armstrong said: "I do bitterly resent it when people of any kind are attacked because of something that is no fault of theirs - like who their parents are."
He added: "Why should your background be held against you? It is so short-sighted.
"There are plenty of reasons for disliking people, but this tribal aversion to anyone with a posh voice is very boring."
An episode of the BBC's Who Do You Think You Are? found that the comedian can trace his ancestors back to William the Conqueror.