Loose Women: Lynda Bellingham, Carol McGiffin & Jane McDonald

Carol McGiffin has announced that she has left ITV’s Loose Women.

McGiffin – who is a housemate in the current series of Celebrity Big Brother – revealed in her Sunday People column that she would not be part of the panel show’s forthcoming 18th series.

She was the programme’s longest-serving panellist appearing for the first time in 2003 – since that time she has appeared on over 1000 editions of the gossip and debate programme.

McGiffin, pictured top (centre) with ex-panelist Lynda Bellingham and recently returned Jane McDonald, wrote the column before she entered the Big Brother house on Thursday and stated that her decision to quit was because she was starting to bore herself and had exhausted all of her anecdotes.

“When the show returns for  its 18th series, I will no longer be on the panel.”…  I’m sure some of you will rejoice but those who might not be so pleased  deserve some sort of explanation. I’d been thinking about it for at least a  year.

“It seems mad to quit one of the best jobs in the world – you talk for an  hour with like-minded women and get paid. But I felt I’d completely  plundered my private life and exhausted my repertoire of anecdotes to the  point of boring myself.

“I can’t say I’ve enjoyed every single minute but I’ve had  so many laughs and made so many friends. The show has been such a big and  important part of my life for so long. I will miss everyone a lot, especially the behind-the-scenes teams who  over the years have all worked so hard.

“But mostly life will be weird without the daily banter with my mates,  the other women, though I’m sure (and I hope) that we will stay in touch. Of  course, I’ll still be watching the show to see what they’re up to.”

Earlier this week it had been reported the show was to undergo yet another revamp in order to reverse the fortunes of its ratings which have been falling in recent years.

The current line up of Loose Women includes Sherrie Hewson, Denise Welch, Linda Robson, Sally Lindsay, Lisa Maxwell, Jane McDonald, Carol Vorderman and Janet Street-Porter. It was reported that McGiffin, who is also a radio talk host, along with actress Hewson were the most likely for the chop.

ATV Gallery… Loose Women from 1999 to 2012…

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