Linda Robson passionately defends Loose Women in sexism row ‘Not anti-men’

Linda Robson says she 'forgot about her coil' for 25 years

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Loose Women first aired on ITV in 1999 and ever since it has featured a number of regular female panellists including the likes of Jane Moore, Nadia Sawalha and Linda Robson. More recently, the programme has had a shake-up of presenters and producers have introduced new faces to the panel. In the past, the show has faced criticism from viewers and even former Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan, who branded the programme “sexist” in 2019. However, in an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk, Linda, who has been a firm favourite on the show since 2012, hit out at the backlash and said the show is not “anti-men”.

In March 2019, Piers launched into a rant on GMB when he discussed gender issues with his former co-host Susanna Reid.

Piers called out the chat show after he accused Loose Women of “actively discouraging men from being loose”.

Defending the criticism, the programme has faced over the years, Linda began: “We are not anti-men. I think people just thought it was a woman’s show.

“But we are not anti-men, we celebrate men on there.”

In November 2020, the daytime programme made show history by airing its first-ever Loose Men episode.

For International Men’s Day, Marvin Humes, Roman Kemp, Iain Stirling and Ronan Keating took over from the regular female panel to discuss the latest topical issues.

The panellists spoke about male mental health as they opened up about what it meant to them.

In May 2021, Richard Madeley, Jordan Banjo, Martin Kemp and Rob Rinder also featured on the Loose Men panel.

Linda continued: “We talk about men’s health, and the suicide rate and then there are lots of things that we talk about that we bring men into. We also have Loose Men as well now.”

Earlier this year, Andrea McLean announced she would be leaving Loose Women after 13 years.

The TV presenter decided to step down from her role as a panellist because she wanted to try new things.

Shortly after Andrea’s announcement, Saira Khan also made the decision to leave the ITV chat show after five years of being a regular panellist.

It was later announced that news presenter Charlene White would be replacing Andrea to front Loose Women.

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Ever since, producers have introduced new panellists onto the programme including the likes of Paris Fury and Frankie Bridge.

Discussing the shake-up of presenters, the Birds of a Feather actress added: “I think it’s good that they keep mixing it up, we’ve got new Loose Women.

“We’ve got the regulars like myself, Kaye [Adams], Nadia, Carol [McGiffin], Denise [Welch], we are the old ones that have been there for a long time.

 “Then we have the new ones like Frankie Bridge and Katie Piper.”

 

 

“They are both great and we have Judi Love,” Linda explained. “I love Judi.

“It’s been nice changing it around a bit,” Linda admitted, although she did hint there was an air of apprehension about her future.

Addressing her own place on the panel, the host quipped: “I just hope they don’t get rid of us old ones.

 love it, it’s like it has never felt like a proper job.”

Loose Women airs weekdays at 12.30pm on ITV

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