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'Loose Women' bosses deny Saira Khan's claims she quit over being asked to join OnlyFans

Saira Khan (PA)
Saira Khan claims she was asked to go 'undercover' on OnlyFans. (PA)

Loose Women have denied a claim by Saira Khan that she quit the show after being asked to join OnlyFans.

The 52-year-old TV presenter quit the ITV panel show at the end of 2020 and has now claimed her move was triggered by a producer asking her to launch an account on the subscription-only glamour content platform, as part of an 'undercover' report on OnlyFans.

But a spokesperson for Loose Women told MailOnline: "We strongly refute all of these claims. Duty of care is of paramount importance for all of our panellists.

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"Saira left the Loose Women panel almost two years ago and we wish her well."

Saira Khan on Loose Women.
Saira Khan was a Loose Women panellist for five years. (ITV)

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Business woman Khan - who rose to fame after competing in reality show The Apprentice in 2005 - has been vocal about her discontent working on the panel show and said she struggled to fit in.

But she has now alleged in her Sunday Mirror column: "The straw that broke the camel’s back was when one of the young producers was sent running after me to ask whether I would be prepared to open an OnlyFans account.

"To say I was shocked was an understatement. I could see she herself was mortified to ask me. I replied, ‘You’re asking an Asian woman who has a husband and kids and comes from a Muslim family to open an OnlyFans account?’

Saira Khan competed in Celebrity SAS in 2021.
Saira Khan competed in Celebrity SAS in 2021. (Channel 4)

"She said, ‘It’s just on your social media you’ve been posting images in your underwear and we thought if you could go undercover to see the kind of response you get from men, it would make a great story’.

"There and then, I knew my time was up on the show. I felt humiliated, angry, disappointed and like fodder."

Khan was a Loose Women panellist between 2015 and 2020.

She previously said of her time on the show: "There were elements both on screen and behind the scenes of being a Loose Woman that towards the end I didn't enjoy and I didn't feel it was part of the sisterhood.

“It wasn't making me happy, so I had to bow out, look after my mental health and give someone else my platform.”

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She added: "I had a great five years and I did what I wanted to do with my platform, which was share my stories and experiences being from a minority background."