Saira Khan admits she had to 'tolerate' certain Loose Women co-stars

Saira Khan with co-stars from Loose Women in January 2020
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After quitting the show, Loose Women star Saira Khan has admitted that she had to 'tolerate' some of her co-stars on the panel over the years. 

Following her exit after a five year stint on the show, Saira hinted that things weren't always picture perfect behind the scenes as she told Scott McGlynn’s Celebrity Skin Talk that there are some other panellists who she “really doesn’t miss at all”.

"You make friends with some people, you tolerate some people, and some people you just have to do a job with." She said during the hour-long Instagram Live last week.

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"I'm not going to go into the nitty gritty there now. But there are some friends, some people I will be close to because we share, because we get each other. And there are some I really don't miss at all who I was just like, 'I just have to tolerate you to do the job'."

She added, "You have to be professional about it. You can't pretend that everyone is going to be your best friend. Especially on a show with opinions, you're not going to tolerate everybody's opinion. I think that's fine. That's not a problem, but you just have to do it with respect and you have to be open-minded."

Saira Khan and co-stars on red carpet at the National Television Awards

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Saira recently came under fire for some anti-lockdown comments she made on the show, prompting a flurry of Ofcom complaints from viewers but said in the interview that there were times where her mind was changed by one of the other panellists.

She also addressed her reasons for leaving during the chat when she said, “I’ve been on there five years and the show is about sharing and there comes a point in your life when you think, ‘you know what? I’ve done as much sharing as I can now. Now I’m gonna start making it up. I’ve got to start coming up with stories to stay on the show’."

"I think you owe it to yourself when you think, ‘I’ve done the best that I can, now let’s give somebody else a go.’”

Saira said in the interview that she was happy to see Charlene White join the show, who was the replacement for Andrea McLean, but she said, "I now think we need LGBTQ representation."

The former Apprentice star had called for this in her Mirror column over Christmas, where she announced her departure from the show, saying that LGBTQ panellist would  "better reflect the world around us".

Grace Walsh
Features Writer

Grace Walsh is a health and wellbeing writer, working across the subjects of family, relationships, and LGBT topics, as well as sleep and mental health. A digital journalist with over six years  experience as a writer and editor for UK publications, Grace is currently Health Editor for and has also worked with Cosmopolitan, Red, The i Paper, GoodtoKnow, and more. After graduating from the University of Warwick, she started her career writing about the complexities of sex and relationships, before combining personal hobbies with professional and writing about fitness.