Loose Women star QUITS show after almost 10 years

A 'Loose Women' star has quit the lunchtime chat show after almost 10 years on the panel.

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Penny Lancaster has quit 'Loose Women'.

The 52-year-old model - who is married to rock star Rod Stewart and has sons Alastair, 17, and 12-year-old Aiden with him - made her first appearance on the panel of the ITV lunchtime chat show in 2014 but has not appeared at the desk since autumn of last year and now an insider has claimed that her time on the programme as a full-time panellist is officially up but noted that she could potentially return as a guest at some point.

The source told The Sun newspaper: "Penny enjoyed doing the show but it requires a lengthy commitment from regular panel members and this is something Penny cannot do. She’s touring with Rod and also has family commitments both in the UK and abroad. She could still make a guest appearance.”

Penny joins a long list of stars from the panel to quit the series in recent years, including former 'Apprentice' contestant Saira Khan - who left in 2021 after a six-year stint on the programme to focus on her business ventures - whilst longtime anchor Andrea McLean stepped down in late 2020 after 13 years of hosting the show to concentrate on a new career as a self-help author.

Earlier this year, former 'Celebrity Big Brother' star Carol McGiffin - who holds the record for most appearances on the panel with more than 1,500 under her belt - decided to make a sudden exit from the show as she claimed that she had been "censored" on what she could say on air.

Speaking on GB News, she said: "Well, that's a tricky one, I can say that over the last three years especially I've been...I wouldn't say censored, but I have been restricted in what I could say."

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