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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.
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."
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."
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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