'Loose Women' set for first ever all-male panel to mark International Men's Day
Loose Women is set to feature its first ever all-male panel line-up in its 21 year history later this month.
The special edition of Loose Men will air on on 19 November to coincide with International Men's Day as Marvin Humes anchors the show alongside panellists Roman Kemp, Ronan Keating and Iain Stirling.
It also comes as the daytime programme put a spotlight on male mental health through the launch of their Stand by Your Men campaign earlier in the year as part of the wide Lighten the Load campaign.
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Humes said of his upcoming role: “With everything going on in the world right now there's never been a more important time for men to be open and honest about their mental health.
"I'm looking forward to anchoring the first ever Loose Men and raising awareness of the importance of men opening up like women do.”
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Meanwhile, Love Island's Stirling added: "We know that men typically find it harder to discuss their anxieties, especially with other blokes. I’m looking forward to changing the conversation and can’t wait to join the other Loose Men. Hopefully we can inspire any men watching to talk about their feelings too and not keep things bottled up.
"Also a huge thank you to everyone at Loose Women for allowing us to use their platform for this very worthwhile cause!”
Meanwhile Keating said he was "looking forward" to tackling "important issues" as Kemp "jumped at the chance" to take part in the programme.
Loose Women editor Sally Shelford said: “We’ve had several men join us as honorary Loose Men over the years, but this is the first time we’ve handed over the entire show to the guys - and it’s for a very important reason.
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"Our 'Stand By Your Men' campaign, which is part of our award-winning mental health campaign ‘Lighten The Load', has been raising awareness about how vital it is that men talk as openly about their struggles as we do on Loose Women."
She added that Matthew McConaughey would be joining the four men during the show.
Back in October, the programme had its first ever all-Black presenting line-up as Charlene White, Kelle Bryan, Judi Love and Brenda Edwards hosted Loose Women.
The programme was met with praise from viewers, while the foursome noted it had been an emotional moment for them.
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