Saira Khan says she ‘tolerates’ some Loose Women co-stars as she gets candid about exit

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Saira Khan has hinted at secret tension on Loose Women as she admitted she won't continue speaking to all of her co-stars when she leaves.

The former Apprentice star, 50, announced she was quitting the ITV daytime show earlier this month – following host Andrea McLean out the door.

Sharing some eye-opening insight into her departure today, Saira gave a candid interview to Celebrity Skin Talk host Scott McGlynn.

When asked who out of the Loose Women panel she'd stay friends with, Saira said: "You make friends with some people, you tolerate some people, and some people you are just there to do the job with."

The star recently announced she was leaving Loose Women after five years on the panel
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She then teased: "I'm not going to go into the nitty gritty here now. There are some I will be close to because we get each other.

"And there are some I won't miss at all who I was just like, "I just have to tolerate you to do the job".

Saira went on: "You have to be professional about it. You can't pretend that you're all going to be best friends. On a show with different opinions, you're not going to tolerate everybody's opinion.

"That's not a problem, just do it with respect and you have to be open minded."

Saira works from home during the coronavirus lockdown
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Andrea McLean announced she was quitting Loose Women last year
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Speaking out the relationship backstage, she said: "Sometimes I'd go in with an opinion and someone would say something different to me and I'd think "Oh I haven't thought about it like that before!"

Saira was then asked about diversity on Loose Women, after she previously called for standards to improve across British TV.

Agreeing the lunchtime show needed a gay member of the panel, Saira said: "We need LGBTQ representation on daytime.

"Where you are sharing your life stories and you are helping to shape people's opinions and giving them education helping them to broaden their minds it's absolutely fundamental to have someone from that community on a show that can help shape that."

Saira also hinted that she had grown tired of talking about certain topics on the show – including ex royals Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

"I don't want to just talk about Harry and Meghan, I couldn't give a flying monkeys," she said.

Saira joked she 'couldnt give a flying monkeys' about Harry and Meghan
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Saira then added: "I'm not just going to stay on the show for free make-up and a nice wardrobe!"

The former Apprentice contestant joined the show in 2015 – ten years after she finished runner up the first ever series of Lord Sugar's BBC series.

This week Saira made headlines as she criticised the lack of diversity on British TV.

Taking to Instagram, she plugged an article by Gideon Spencer for Campaign magazine, saying it 'really opened my eyes to the facts about the TV industry for which I have now worked in for over 15 years.

Saira has called for greater diversity on British TV
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"What's fundamentally important is Representation of BAME and LGBTQ groups should not just be at the 'frontline level' – we've recently seen an increase in the hiring of many Black presenters on our screens, fronting mainstream shows, which has been fantastic, and long over due.

"But what about that level of investment behind the screens at writer, editor, commissioner levels?" she asked.

"I speak from experience – you get invited through the door – but you're never really sitting at the table," she added.

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