Saira Khan says she 'tolerated' Loose Women co-stars in new interview

13 September 2021, 16:23 | Updated: 13 September 2021, 16:40

Saira Khan has said she 'tolerated' her Loose Women co-stars
Saira Khan has said she 'tolerated' her Loose Women co-stars. Picture: Alamy/Shutterstock

Former Loose Women star Saira Khan has said she 'tolerated' her former colleagues while working on the show.

Saira Khan has said she 'tolerated' her Loose Women co-stars during her six years on the show.

The former Apprentice star, 51, who was a regular panelist on the Loose Women between 2015 and January 2021, has opened up about her decision to leave the ITV daytime show.

Saira told the Mirror: "Firstly, I’d outgrown the programme. There were some women that I just thought, 'I’ve got to just tolerate you to do the job and in real life you wouldn’t be my friend'.

Saira was a regular Loose Women panelist until January 2021
Saira was a regular Loose Women panelist until January 2021. Picture: Shutterstock

"They’d say the same about me. Plus, I shared a lot about myself on that show – my abuse, adoption, arranged marriage and a lot of relationship stuff. You don’t get a lot of thanks for that. My family hasn’t asked to be related to someone famous but I felt like I was putting them into a precarious situation."

Saira did say, however, that she's still close to some of her co-stars - namely Coleen Nolan, Ruth Langsford, Linda Robson and Christine Lampard.

Saira has opened up about her decision to leave Loose Women
Saira has opened up about her decision to leave Loose Women. Picture: Shutterstock
Saira Khan was a regular Loose Women panelist from 2015 until 2021
Saira Khan was a regular Loose Women panelist from 2015 until 2021. Picture: Alamy

Speaking about her relationship with those four, she said: "Out of everyone, they’re the people I’d invite round to my home and the ones I’ve got a relationship with."

When questioned on whether leaving was the right decision for her, she added: "Yes. When you turn up to a job where your heart’s not in it, you come home and you just feel s*** about yourself and about what you’ve said.

"The only thing you can do is make a change.It wasn’t easy walking away from a good job, wardrobe, friends and money, but when you’re there discussing a subject with your friends in a very innocent way, the amount of trolling you get online is horrendous. It just becomes toxic for women. It’s a show for women but I don’t feel like it empowered me."