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Loose Women 'forces wokeness down peoples' throats', claims ex-panelist

Carol McGiffin left the show this year.

Celebrities attend the christening of MSC Bellissima ahead of it’s maiden voyage  Featuring: Carol McGiffin Where: Southampton, United Kingdom When: 02 Mar 2019 Credit: John Rainford/WENN
Carol McGiffin was a regular fixture of the Loose Women panel for 23 years. (John Rainford/WENN)

Loose Women alumnus Carol McGiffin believes a sense of wokeness is ruining the daytime TV talkshow.

Having worked as one of the core panellists for over two decades, alongside Denise Welch, Coleen Nolan and Andrea McLean, McGiffin unceremoniously left her role earlier this year.

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Stopping by the GB News studio just recently, she said of her decision: "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.

"You just don't have to keep forcing this stuff down peoples' throats. It's not just ITV, the BBC is probably worse actually."

(left to right) Denise Welch, Carol Mcgiffin, Kate Thornton, Andrea McClean, Zoe Tyler, Coleen Nolan, Jane McDonnald, Lisa Maxwell, Lynda Bellingham and Sherrie Hewson of the Loose Women team celebrate winning the award for Best Factual Programme, at the National Television Awards 2010, at the 02 Arena, London. of the Loose Women team celebrate winning the award for Best Factual Programme, at the National Television Awards 2010, at the 02 Arena, London.
Denise Welch, Carol McGiffin, Kate Thornton, Andrea McClean, Zoe Tyler, Coleen Nolan, Jane McDonald, Lisa Maxwell, Lynda Bellingham and Sherrie Hewson of the Loose Women team at the National Television Awards 2010.

This was in reference to her latest Best magazine column, which openly discussed a contractual headache she encountered with the broadcaster.

"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,'" McGiffin wrote.

"No one in their right mind would have signed that contract. And I can’t see a way back from it."

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In a statement, via Metro, an ITV spokesperson mentioned the star's controversial Covid-19 opinions when confirming her Loose Women exit.

"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," it read.

"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."

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