Ex Loose Women star quit show after feeling intimidated by backstage energy

Jenny Powell has revealed why she quit Loose Women back in 2005.

The telly presenter was a guest panellist on the daytime show in the early noughties but left before long.

Jenny, 54, said that she felt “intimidated” by the other women – she appeared on Loose Women around the same time as Janet Street-Porter and Stacey Solomon.

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She also “sacked it off” due to backstage unpleasantness.

Jenny spoke to the Sun’s Bingo Live show and said: “I didn't like the energy behind the scenes.”

She also said that the energy was “fake” but later insisted she was joking and may be “just a bit sensitive”.

The mum-of-two isn’t the first panellist to leave Loose Women amid some bad feeling.

In 2021, Saira Khan quit and emphasised that she was “absolutely not” pals with the other women and that she had “outgrown” the programme.

The Apprentice star said that she merely “tolerated” the other women and certainly would not be friends with them in real life.

Saira, 54, told The Mirror: “I shared a lot about myself on that show – my abuse, adoption, arranged marriage and a lot of relationship stuff.

“You don't get a lot of thanks for that.”

When asked about whether she considered leaving the show to be the correct career move, Saira said: “Yes. When you turn up to a job where your heart's not in it, the only thing you can do is make a change.”

Recently, Linda Robinson had to step in when a dicussiosn between Kaye Adams, Carol McGiffin and Stacey got a bit heated.

The trio were discussing the new “stay-at-home girlfriend” trend on TikTok when Kaye, 59, said the concept made her “angry” as her own mother had fought for financial independence.

Meanwhile both Stacey and Carol believed it’s up to the woman and if staying at home “makes them happy” – so be it.

Stacey also said that some women don’t want to be financially independent and if her own daughter wanted to be a stay-at-home girlfriend, she wouldn’t stop her.

Kaye started to get more riled up, saying that relationships should be an “equal partnership”.

As the women started to shout over each other and get more worked up, Linda stepped in and suggested they “talk about auras” – the show’s next segment.

That seemed to break the tension and they all laughed and “agreed to disagree”.

Loose Women airs weekdays at 12.30pm on ITV1 and ITVHub.

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