Saira Khan says she wasn't 'part of the sisterhood' on 'Loose Women'

Saira Khan (PA)
Saira Khan has discussed her reasons for leaving Loose Women. (PA)

Saira Khan has said there were parts of her job on Loose Women that weren’t compatible with being “part of the sisterhood”, leaving her so uncomfortable she had to leave.

The former panelist on the ITV daytime show recently quit her role and said she had had to “tolerate” certain co-stars who she didn’t see as friends.

Now, Khan has told how there were things going on behind the scenes at the show that made her unhappy about her role.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - 2020/11/04: Saira Khan seen arriving at Proud Embankment to watch Denise Van Outen in Cabaret Allstars. (Photo by Brett Cove/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Saira Khan says she didn't enjoy elements of Loose Women. (Brett Cove/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

She told Hello! magazine: "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.”

Khan 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. There's nothing more I can say that's new."

Kelle Bryan, Kaye Adams, Stacey Solomon, Judi Love, Andrea McLean, Coleen Nolan, Brenda Edwards, Linda Robson, Nadia Sawalha, Denise Welch and Saira Khan (left to right) during the National Television Awards at London's O2 Arena. (Photo by Ian West/PA Images via Getty Images)
Saira Khan with her Loose Women co-stars. (Ian West/PA Images via Getty Images)

When she left the show, Khan had revealed that while she would stay friends with some of her co-stars, there were others who she didn’t plan on keeping in touch with.

She told the Celebrity Skin Talk show: "You make friends with some people, you tolerate some people, and some people you just have to do a job with."

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 15: Saira Khan arrives at the gala performance of Cirque De Soleil's "LUIZA" at The Royal Albert Hall on January 15, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
The TV star has a new role with Hello! (David M Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)

It led to Kaye Adams, Nadia Sawalha and Jane Moore unfollowing her on social media, as she also blocked contact with them.

Now, Khan is channelling her energy into a more positive pursuit as the new face of Hello! Good News, where the magazine features good news stories from around the globe to lift readers’ spirits during lockdown.

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