Andrea McLean resigned from 'Loose Women' via email, surprising her co-presenters

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 17:  Andrea McLean attends a special screening of "Joy" at Ham Yard Hotel on December 17, 2015 in London, England.  (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
Andrea McLean in 2015 (Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)

Andrea McLean has said her emailed resignation to Loose Women came as a total shock to her bosses and co-stars who had no idea she was planning on quitting.

The 51-year-old TV presenter left her role on the ITV daytime show late last year and has shared the story of deciding to leave with The Sunday Mirror’s Notebook magazine.

She said: "I emailed my bosses. I just said I needed to follow my heart... I was sat in the car! I had it all written and ready to go. I just felt like, now the next part of my life begins.

"It was like I’d pressed the start button. But it felt really right and now I’m happier than ever."

Andrea McLean, Nadia Sawalha, Stacey Solomon and Jane Moore (Photographer Ken McKay/ITV)
Andrea McLean, Nadia Sawalha, Stacey Solomon and Jane Moore (Photographer Ken McKay/ITV)

McLean added that it had been an unwelcome surprise to her co-stars, including good friend Brenda Edwards.

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She said: "I didn't breathe a word to anybody because I felt like it was such a personal decision. The hardest person to tell was Brenda Edwards, because we’ve become so close. She just burst into tears and ran out of the room.”

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McLean’s exit was closely followed by co-star Saira Khan’s, who controversially said that she had had to “tolerate” some of the other panel members on Loose Women.

Saira Khan attends The Best Heroes Awards on October 15, 2019. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images)
Saira Khan also decided to quit (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images)

Although she said that Khan’s decision hadn’t surprised her as they had often talked about the pressures of balancing running a business with appearing on TV, she said she hadn’t known about Khan’s departure either.

The pair have stayed friends and McLean said that she thought the decision to leave Loose Women had probably been influenced by the coronavirus pandemic for both of them, saying it had made her reflect on life and think about whether she was doing what she loved.

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