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Jenny Eclair was a panellist on the ITV daytime show Loose Women alongside Janet Street-Porter, Carol McGiffin, Denise Welch and Andrea McLean in 2011. But after just a year on the programme, the comedian departed and former Coronation Street star Shobna Gulati joined the panel.
The 61-year-old claimed she was “absolutely sacked” from Loose Women and revealed her departure was not a mutual decision.
Speaking on White Wine Question Time, the comedian opened up about her time on the show.
“I was sacked from Loose Women and sacked from this and sacked from that,” Jenny said.
When podcast host Kate Thornton suggested she may not have been sacked, but instead her contract wasn’t renewed, Jenny immediately retorted that it wasn’t the case.
“I was absolutely sacked!” Jenny declared. “They no longer wanted me on that show.”
“I was furious. I still get furious about that!”
The small-screen star has previously spoken out about her exit from Loose Women and said she wasn’t surprised as she was very much “a square peg in a round hole”.
Speaking to the Daily Express back in 2012, Jenny said: “I didn’t understand some of the views, I didn’t agree with a lot of the opinions and thought some were very weird.”
The TV star admitted that while she is “furious” about her exit as the comic explained that the decision turned out to be the best thing for her.
Speaking on the podcast, Jenny commented: “I’m really glad that I was sacked — and I will not use any other word.
“I was sacked and proud to have been sacked because it made me write another book.”
She continued: “I could have got very lazy doing Loose Women, because you just sit there, don’t you, talking? I wrote more novels and I’m really glad because you know, the novels are good.”
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Express.co.uk has contacted Loose Women representatives for comment.
At the time of Jenny’s exit from the ITV show, she said in a statement: “I just want to say thanks to everyone at ITV for 12 months of many laughs and I wish Loose Women, and all who sail on her, all the love and luck.
“There are no hard feelings on either side and I’m happy to offer my services behind the LW desk should there be any last-minute emergencies. After all, I only live down the road.”
Meanwhile, the star who has written several novels, recently published her menopause memoir, titled Older and Wider: A Survivor’s Guide to the Menopause.
Her latest piece of work is part guide and part memoir and details the Kuala Lumpur-born star’s experience with menopause as well as offering a helping hand to women who may be experiencing similar symptoms.
The former Loose Women panellist admitted that her experience with menopause started at age 52 but added that middle-aged women “are just ignored”.
“I still get very hot and bothered and always have,” Jenny wrote in her latest offering.
“My temperature is very quick to rise but I wasn’t prepared for the emotional kick in the gut, the mood swings ranging from irrational mental rage, to snivelling, neurotic fear and anxiety.”
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