In an episode that aired on Thursday 1 October, the panel discussed the writer and former model’s Instagram post that revealed she had lost her baby, who she and husband John Legend had named Jack.
Teigen, 34, wrote of the “deep pain” she and her family were experiencing, and shared a number of photos showing her and Legend in hospital.
On Loose Women, Carol McGiffin claimed she felt ‘uncomfortable’ while reading Teigan’s post.
We are shocked and in the kind of deep pain you only hear about, the kind of pain we’ve never felt before. We were never able to stop the bleeding and give our baby the fluids he needed, despite bags and bags of blood transfusions. It just wasn’t enough. . . We never decide on our babies’ names until the last possible moment after they’re born, just before we leave the hospital. But we, for some reason, had started to call this little guy in my belly Jack. So he will always be Jack to us. Jack worked so hard to be a part of our little family, and he will be, forever. . . To our Jack - I’m so sorry that the first few moments of your life were met with so many complications, that we couldn’t give you the home you needed to survive. We will always love you. . . Thank you to everyone who has been sending us positive energy, thoughts and prayers. We feel all of your love and truly appreciate you. . . We are so grateful for the life we have, for our wonderful babies Luna and Miles, for all the amazing things we’ve been able to experience. But everyday can’t be full of sunshine. On this darkest of days, we will grieve, we will cry our eyes out. But we will hug and love each other harder and get through it.
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Her co-star, Nadia Sawalha, had just revealed her own experiences of losing a child, before McGiffin said: “I have to say that I did feel a little bit uncomfortable looking at them because I felt like I was intruding in a way.
“I know that she’s put them up there and I know that she’s had a lot of followers and fans who care deeply for what’s going on with her whole pregnancy up until yesterday but I just felt like this was not something I should be witnessing.”
McGiffin clarified that she did not want to judge Teigen or imply she was wrong for sharing the post, but “I just think that it’s such a private thing. I kind of question if there are some things you shouldn’t have to share on social media”.
Co-host Jane Moore chipped in: “I look and think – she’s going through the most painful of experiences and I’m thinking, is she in the right head space of that moment to make that decision to put it out there?”
A number of viewers criticised the panel on social media, and accused them of “judging” Teigen.
Metro has now reported that Ofcom has received 78 complaints about the show, and is assessing them in order to decide whether or not to investigate.
The Independent has contacted ITV for comment.
One viewer called the discussion “deranged”, while another asked: “Should we really be capitalising on how people grieve?”
“The way loose women spoke about Chrissy Teigen today was absolutely disgusting,” another said. “Everybody deals with their trauma and grief differently and they shouldn’t be judged for that. Vile.”
Teigen has been widely praised for her honest account of the experience of miscarriage.
Kate Marsh, midwifery manager at baby charity Tommy’s, issued a statement on behalf of the organisation about Teigen’s experience and the way in which people have responded to her decision to share her family’s news.
“While many people have sent Chrissy messages of support, some have criticised her for sharing, which just highlights the taboo and lack of awareness in society,” she said.