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Loose Women has denied reports that its panellists are refusing to work with Coleen Nolan.
Rotating names like Janet Street-Porter, Stacey Solomon, Judi Love, Linda Robson, Nadia Sawalha, Charlene White, Brenda Edwards and Christine Lampard are all regulars on ITV's live daytime show, but rumours suggest there is tension behind the scenes after Nolan's agent allegedly labelled Sawalha a "nasty witch" on social media (via The Daily Mail).
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In a statement obtained by Metro, a Loose Women spokesperson shared: "Panellists are chosen for each show by the Loose Women editor and senior production team, not the panellists themselves.
"Loose Women works to a rota of panellists with Coleen typically starting off the show at the beginning of the week, while Nadia often presents the week's final shows."
Coleen herself briefly addressed the situation in a Tweet yesterday, stating: "Nothing printed in [the] article today is true and I am taking legal advice about the slurs on me personally."
She also confirmed that she and the Loose Women panellists would be addressing the issue on today's show.
Street-Porter has also spoken in Nolan's defence with a Tweet yesterday (January 9), stating the rumours are false: "I love working with Coleen Nolan and we've never had a single disagreement – sorry if that's not 'news'."
Co-star Brenda Edwards also shared her support for Nolan on social media, writing: "It's always a pleasure to hang with you at work and also out of work, you have always made me feel so welcome, and I appreciate the straight talking, fun friendship we have!! Keep smiling in the face of adversity my lovely."
Denise Welch has since added that despite approaches to speak off record about her Loose Women colleagues, she won't be doing so, tweeting: "The answer is never. All I will say is that I would never work in a bitchy, backstabbing environment. I'm too old and I don't need the work."
And Carol McGiffin retweeted her message, adding: "Same. Never have and never will. Nuff said."
As of the time of writing, Sawalha has not commented on the reports, but Digital Spy have reach out to her representatives.
Loose Women airs on weekdays at 12.30pm on ITV.
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