Ofcom Launching 'Loose Women' And 'Celebrity Big Brother' Investigations

Broadcasting regulator Ofcom is officially launching investigations into controversial episodes of ‘Loose Women’ and ‘Celebrity Big Brother’

‘Loose Women’ hit headlines with a row between Coleen Nolan and Kim Woodburn last month, while the last series of ‘CBB’ was marred by controversy over Roxanne Pallett’s false accusations of physical abuse against Ryan Thomas

Roxanne Pallett was in the eye of a storm on 'Celebrity Big Brother' (Photo: Channel 5)

Ofcom said it had received 21,494 complaints about the Roxanne / Ryan drama, with a spokesperson revealing the Channel 5 show would be investigated to establish whether it “broke rules on offensive content”. 

Some 7,900 viewers also complained about the ‘Loose Women’ panel’s treatment of Kim Woodburn, who eventually walked off set after a fraught exchange that saw her break down in tears. 

The Ofcom representative said: “We are investigating whether this programme fell short of generally accepted standards.”

Coleen Nolan was criticised for her treatment of Kim Woodburn on 'Loose Women' (Photo: Ken McKay/ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

After ITV faced calls to axe her, Coleen Nolan has since announced she is taking an extended break from ‘Loose Women’ following the incident. 

She recently made a tearful appearance on ‘This Morning’ where she claimed she had been sent vile messages from internet trolls, and expressed regret about how the segment turned out. 

Meanwhile, Ryan Thomas has said that he doesn’t want Roxanne Pallett to “suffer”,  after she faced a huge backlash over her claims he had “repeatedly and intentionally” hit her - something she later conceded was a “mistake” and an “exaggeration”.

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Judy Finnigan's comments on 'non-violent rape'

In her very first appearance on the Loose Women panel, Judy caused outcry with her comments defending convicted rapist Ched Evans and his potential return to football, insisting he'd "served his time".

She added: "The rape was not violent, he didn't cause any bodily harm to the person."

The backlash didn't exactly set Judy's time on Loose Women off to a flying start, and she made only a handful of appearances afterwards...

Harvey Price drops the C-bomb

Katie Price's son was responsible for one of the most infamous Loose Women moments ever, when he dropped the C-bomb live on air during a conversation about online trolling. 

Katie immediately told Harvey off for his language, while host Andrea McLean issued a swift apology, but some viewers complained to Ofcom.

'Is it ever a woman's fault if she is raped?'

This social media poll obviously landed the show in seriously hot water, with critics suggesting that a topic as serious as rape shouldn't be up for debate at all, in particular on a lunchtime panel show.

Janet Street-Porter comes for Prince George

JSP has always been a polarising figure, but when she saw a photo of Prince George on the show and compared him to a "cross-dressing billionaire", she managed to raise even more eyebrows than usual.

Jamelia talks older mums

Plus-size fashion isn't the only hot topic that has landed Jamelia in hot water, though, after she was criticised for comments she made about women who choose to become mothers later in life.

One such critic was Tina Malone, who had a baby via IVF at 50 years old, who said she was "furious" with Jamelia, tweeting that at her age: "I am fitter, look better, have more energy, can cook, work, clean, and go [all night]... and I have a 32-year-old!! And Jamelia, I am wiser!!!"

It was later reported the Superstar singer had been dropped from the show as a result of the controversy.

Nadia Sawalha says being transgender is 'a trend'

Nadia was faced with a Twitter backlash when she suggested that the rise in children identifying as transgender was "the in thing" and compared it to "self-harm", calling it a "fashionable word that has been taken on".

Gloria Hunniford sparks upset with transgender comments

In January 2019, Gloria sparked 30 complaints to Ofcom when she was accused of bigotry over comments she made during a debate about whether trans women should be allowed on female-only wards in hospitals.

"If a man still had his willy and his tackle, as far as I’m concerned, he/she is a man," Gloria stated.

Fortunately, Stacey Solomon was on the panel to offer a counter-opinion, saying: "Just as you wouldn’t want to be on a ward with the opposite gender, these women, who identify as women but have different body parts, they feel exactly they same as you – they do not want to be on a ward with men, because they have always felt they are a woman."

Coleen Nolan and her son

Coleen Nolan caused a stir in 2005, when she suggested that if her 16-year-old son passed his exams, she would pay for him to to have sex with a sex worker in Amsterdam's Red Light District.

Despite criticism, Coleen stood by her comments at the time, insisting she'd rather he went there than a trip to Ibiza where he would "probably have unprotected sex with lots of girls".

She insisted: "I'd rather he does it somewhere well-policed and where the girls have health checks than behind the wall of a club in Ibiza." Meanwhile, her ex-husband, Shane Richie, said he was "appalled" by Coleen's suggestion.

Jacqueline Jossa hits out at the show

The EastEnders actress blasted the show in 2016 when she claimed that her interview contained a line of questioning related to her fiancé's past relationship, and allegations of abuse and threats, which she'd not been briefed about beforehand.

THAT Katie Hopkins interview

Shortly after her eviction from the Celebrity Big Brother house, Loose Women invited Katie Hopkins onto the show to offer her side of her time in the house.

However, the interview came under fire not because of what Katie said, but because of how quickly things turned personal between both Katie and the panellists.

Former Loose Women hit out at show

Loose Women staples Carol McGiffin and Denise Welch departed the show on acrimonious terms back in 2013, amid a change of top boss.

They later hit out at the show when they were 'airbrushed' out of the series' 18th birthday celebrations in 2017, both taking to Twitter to air their upset.

Interestingly, both Carol and Denise have since returned to Loose Women, and are still regularly featured on the panel.

Linda Robson apologises to the entire city of Stoke-On-Trent

Linda was on the show during a debate about a woman who was hit with a criminal record for picking up a £20 note she found in a corner shop.

She was later forced to issue an apology when noting that the shop in question looked "poor", adding: "It looks like they don’t have a lot of money, the people who shop in there."

The panellist eventually apologised, telling the Daily Star: "I’m really, really sorry if i’ve upset anybody."

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