Linda Robson addresses rumours co-star Andrea McLean was ‘pushed’ out from Loose Women

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Linda Robson, 62, has exclusively revealed to Express.co.uk that her colleague and good friend Andrea McLean, 51, was not “pushed” out of Loose Women, despite rumours suggesting otherwise. However, the Birds Of A Feather actress admitted it was still a shock for her to learn the former GMTV star would be leaving the chat show, and she was “really upset” over her pal’s departure.

It was a shock

Linda Robson

Opening up on both Andrea McLean and Saira Khan’s decisions to quit Loose Women, Linda said: “It was a shock with both of them really.

“A complete shock. Andrea, I have been friends with for many years. 

“I was really upset to see her go. I think people thought she was pushed but it was her decision to go,” she added.

Linda added that Loose Women bosses had wanted Andrea to “stay”, however she felt ready to move on in her career.

“So I am saying goodbye to Loose Women.”

Andrea has appeared on the chat show since 2007 and now plans to focus on her website, This Girl Is On Fire, which promotes mental wellbeing.

Shortly after her announcement, Saira, who had spent five years on the programme, revealed she would also be leaving the show.

Linda admitted: “Saira was a big shock as well. I mean she wasn’t coming into the studio, she was doing it from home.

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“I was really surprised she didn’t want to carry on. She was doing it once or twice a week from home and it was a surprise. I know she’s got a lovely skincare range out and she does a lot of work with that. 

“She’s absolutely beautiful. She was a really good Loose Woman, I think they will really miss her. I know we all will.

“It was in a couple of weeks of each other really. Andrea, I knew she was going. 

“She had already told me, but Saira I didn’t have a clue until my sister told me she was going,” she added.

Linda has been a part of Loose Women since 2012, she recently took a break from the show amid her battle with OCD, and is now appearing on MTV’s Celebs On The Farm.

The star admitted being on the reality show was difficult due to issues related to her mental health condition.

She shared: “It was dirty, it’s not great when you have OCD, I have OCD. I ended up with quite a lot of mud all over me quite a few times. We were chasing piglets and I ended up with mud from my head to my toes. 

“I had to milk a cow one day, and I thought it would be in my hand, but it was all done by machinery. You just realised how hard a farmers day is really. “

Brand new to MTV, Celebs on the Farm premieres on Monday 8th February at 9pm, and continues every week night for two weeks

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