Carol McGiffin accuses Loose Women of going ‘very woke’ following explosive exit from ITV show

Carol McGiffin has claimed Loose Women “has gone very woke” after quitting the show due to an “unjust” contract dispute.

The presenter has appeared on the Loose Women panel on-and-off since 2000 but was reportedly “forced” to quit after sharing Covid conspiracy theories.

Now addressing her absence from the ITV lunchtime talk show, she said during an appearance on GB News: “Well put it this way, reading all the comments from the article at the weekend there are a lot of people who think the programme has gone very, very woke.”

The presenter went on to quip that she no longer watches the series, claiming: “You just don’t have to keep forcing this stuff down peoples’ throats. It’s not just ITV, the BBC is probably worse actually.”

Her comments come as she penned in her Best magazine column that the reason for her departure was due to the broadcaster asking her to sign a contract in light of changes to off-payroll working rules as stipulated by HMRC.

She wrote: “The problem was, ITV were insisting, for the first time since I went back in 2018, that if I wanted to carry on doing the show, I would have to sign a contract that was totally unjust and unworkable for me, so I had to say ‘no thanks.’”

McGriffin on GB News dicussing her departure (GB News)
McGriffin on GB News dicussing her departure (GB News)

McGiffin went on to write that she’s been “quite upset about” leaving, and claimed it was a decision she was “forced to make”.

She continued: “No one in their right mind would have signed that contract. And I can’t see a way back from it.”

A source has told The Standard that since April 2021, HMRC made changes to off-payroll (IR35) legislation, which means the responsibility of assessing whether a role is employed or self-employed for tax purposes, now sits with all employers.

ITV has updated its contracting policy in line with this HMRC legislation and communicated any contract changes to all those concerned. Assessments are done on a case-by-case basis and subject to on-going monitoring as circumstances and legislation evolve.

Following McGriffin’s claims, an ITV spokesperson told The Standard: “Any theories around Covid discussed by Carol on a platform outside of ITV would be her personal opinions, have not been broadcast as part of Loose Women and do not represent the views of ITV.

“Here at ITV we encourage free speech, but equally are fully committed to responsible broadcasting and adhering to the OfCom code.

“ITV will not comment on speculation around individual contracts. We understand that Carol has decided to leave Loose Women and we wish her well in any future projects.”

McGiffin is known for being one of the most outspoken Loose Women stars since she joined the panel in 2000. She left the show back in 2013, only to return five years later in 2018.