Loose Women's Andrea McLean in floods of tears and unable to speak on her last ever show

LOOSE Women star Andrea McLean broke down in floods of tears and was unable to speak as she hosted her last ever show today.

The 51-year-old panellist, who has been a part of the series for 13 years, bid an emotional farewell to viewers in a special programme in her honour.

She told viewers: "Right. OK. Oh, I can't speak. Can I just say, being on Loose Women is like a real-life soap opera. There's highs, there's lows.

"I'm like the landlady of the Rover's Return, I'm just handing over my bar but I'll be back for my Chardonnay. Oh ladies – goodbye."

Today's Loose Women concluded with panellist Brenda Edwards appearing in the studio and singing My Girl for a sobbing Andrea.

The show featured tributes from all of the Loose Women panel plus other ITV stars including Holly Willoughby, Phillip Schofield, Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid.

Andrea revealed last month that she would be stepping down from the show as she spoke about the dramatic breakdown she had suffered.

She said: "Last year I had a nervous breakdown and what I felt was this year, collectively, the world had a breakdown.

"The experience I had means that this year I was mentally really strong to deal with everything that the pandemic threw at us."

Andrea continued: "But it made me stop and think: 'What do I actually want?' If there is anything that can show us you only get one life…

"Are you living it the way you want? Doing everything you want to do? Being brave and taking chances? And I realised no."

The star then became visibly choked up as she burst into tears, saying: "I didn't think I was going to cry, but I'll be leaving soon."

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