Loose Women stars Stacey Solomon, Janet Street-Porter and Brenda Edwards have publicly taken to Twitter to support their colleague Coleen Nolan amid reports that the show’s hosts were ‘refusing’ to work with her.
Following a denial from ITV bosses over these claims, Janet posted on Twitter: ‘I love working with Coleen Nolan and we’ve never had a single disagreement- sorry if that’s not ‘news’ xx’
On Sunday evening, actress and presenter Brenda also dismissed the reports and spoke of the ‘fun friendship’ she enjoys with the 56-year-old, commenting: ‘@NolanColeen it’s always a pleasure to hang with you at work @loosewomen and also out of work, you have always made me feel so welcome, and I appreciate the straight talking, fun friendship we have!!
‘Keep smiling in the face of adversity my lovely,’ she added.
After Coleen branded the rumours untrue and ‘slurs on me personally’ in a statement, and promised fans that the story would be addressed on Monday’s episode of Loose Women, new mum Stacey Solomon also added a public show of support, tweeting: ‘What Coleen said.’
It had been claimed that the ladies of the hit ITV programme – which features a number of rotating presenters that include the singer – were not seeing eye to eye with Coleen after her agent allegedly called Nadia Sawalha a ‘nasty witch’ on Twitter.
However, a rep told Metro.co.uk that reports of the hosts not wanting to present with Coleen are ‘untrue’, adding: ‘Panellists are chosen for each show by the Loose Women Editor and senior production team, not the panellists themselves.’
Metro.co.uk understands that Loose Women works to a rota of panellists with Coleen typically starting off the show at the beginning of the week, while Nadia often presents the week’s final shows.’
According to the Mail On Sunday, the brutal tweet from Coleen’s agent had created a divide between the star and presenters, Nadia, Stacey Soloman, and Carol McGiffin.
A source told the publication: ‘It’s a show that is supposed to promote strong women working together, respecting one another’s views, but it’s currently the case that what is going on behind the scenes is quite the opposite of that and much more dramatic.
‘Nadia Sawalha has told the lunchtime chat show’s producers that she will no longer appear alongside Ms Nolan after the singer’s agent, Melanie Blake, called the actress a “nasty witch” on social media.’
The source also claimed that Stacey was ‘the latest person refusing to work with Coleen’, which was ‘proving really tricky’.
Coleen previously took a break from the daytime talk show in 2018, following the explosive row she had with TV personality Kim Woodburn.
Loose Women airs weekdays at 12:30pm on ITV.