The petition calls for ITV to take action following Wednesday’s (Aug 29th) Loose Women which saw a clash between guest Kim Woodburn and two Nolan sisters, regulars of the programme.
Coleen Nolan regrets the producers created the situation but isn’t sorry for her behaviour.
“I didn’t want to do the reunion. It was the producers who said she wanted to make peace. I agreed because I was happy to draw a line under past differences. From the moment she arrived, it was clear Kim didn’t want to make up. Now I wish I could go back in time and not do it. It was ugly, upsetting and unpleasant for everyone.” – Coleen Nolan speaking to The Mirror
The petition created on Change.org aimed at Loose Women production company ITV Studios has gathered over 10,400 signatures as viewers continue to remain unimpressed with Nolan’s stance on the situation since last Wednesday’s live outing of the ITV daytime chat and debate show which saw two Nolans, and the audience, face off How Clean Is Your House? presenter Kim Woodburn.
ITV producers invited Woodburn back onto the programme ‘to make amends’ with ‘agony aunt’ Coleen Nolan, following their fall-out during January 2017’s Celebrity Big Brother.
The Loose Women panel seemed contently satisfied it was ‘job done’ little realising the outraged they’d caused.
Linda Nolan, Coleen Nolan, Janet Street-Porter and Linda Robson were the daily panellists, with Street-Porter dressed like a judge for the Woodburn segment. From the start, it was clear the supposed mediation exercise was not going to go well with Woodburn sticking by her view that Coleen had been ‘two-faced’ in the Celebrity Big Brother house, whilst the Nolan side of the desk branded the celebrity cleaner vile and talentless to applause from the studio audience.
“What happened seems to be that you allowed an out of control example of bullying to be transmitted for “entertainment”. This isn’t the 1500s. Bear baiting is illegal. Whoever was in the gallery today ought to be reprimanded for allowing this to happen and for broadcasting it.” – Lecturer in Historical Context relating to Classical Theatre & Media, Paul Carmichael on Twitter
Confident they were in the right, cocky thanks to the whooping of the baiting audience, the Nolans muttered under their breath whenever Woodburn spoke on Loose Women, which even continued when she brought up her traumatic childhood. Exchanges culminated in Woodburn breaking down in tears and walking off the set, calling Coleen ‘lying trash’ on her way out. The show has come under fire for how out of hand the feature got, particularly the Nolan sisters’ continued mocking of an increasingly distressed Woodburn.
Social Media condemned Loose Women, the show rebranded Loose Bullies.
“I was ambushed, it was disgusting. It was like a circus and I was there for some cruel entertainment… They could have stopped that show, the one with the earmic could have stopped it. ITV did nothing to curb it.” – Kim Woodburn statement
Speaking to The Mirror, a newspaper she works for as an agony aunt, Coleen attempted to calm the criticisms on Friday (Aug 30th), with an overwhelming majority on social media – from actors, specialist councillors, media lecturers and everyday viewers condemning Loose Women and its panel. The majority of viewers unimpressed with the Nolan side of the desk.
The Mirror interview has been branded a damage limitation exercise, with little evidence from the show, ITV or the Nolans that anyone is sorry for the public humiliation that was seemingly deliberately executed on Wednesday afternoon. Equally, the newspaper quotes have failed to stem the outrage with a petition to have Coleen dumped from Loose Women fast approaching 10,400 signatures this afternoon. Complaints to Ofcom have gone over 7,000 on the matter. The episode in question lost a quater of its audience directly following the segment with Woodburn.
“The treatment of Kim Woodburn by Coleen Nolan on Loose Women today (Wednesday 29 August 2018) was outrageous and should be condemned. We, the undersigned, demand Coleen Nolan is removed from the Loose Women panel indefinitely for her atrocious act of unprovoked bullying. Say “No” to Nolan!” – Change.org petition statement