Saira Khan says she'll only stay in touch with SOME of her Loose Women co-stars

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Saira Khan has shed a little more light on her sudden departure from Loose Women.

Appearing on Instagram chat show Celebrity Skin Talk, Saira, 50, was asked by host Scott McGlynn whether she would be staying in touch with her co-stars.

She said: ‘You make friends with some people, you tolerate some people, and some people you are just there to do the job with.’

'Nitty gritty!' Saira Khan has shed a little more light on her sudden departure from Loose Women

‘Nitty gritty!’ Saira Khan has shed a little more light on her sudden departure from Loose Women

Hinting there was more to be said on the matter, she went on: ‘I’m not going to go into the nitty gritty here now. There are some I will be close to because we get each other.

‘And there are some I won’t miss at all who I was just like “I just have to tolerate you to do the job”.

‘You have to be professional about it. You can’t pretend that you’re all going to be best friends. On a show with different opinions, you’re not going to tolerate everybody’s opinion.

‘That’s not a problem, just do it with respect and you have to be open minded.’

Candid: Appearing on Instagram chat show Celebrity Skin Talk, Saira, 50, was asked by host Scott McGlynn whether she would be staying in touch with her co-stars

She said: 'You make friends with some people, you tolerate some people, and some people you are just there to do the job with'

Candid: Appearing on Instagram chat show Celebrity Skin Talk, Saira, 50, was asked by host Scott McGlynn whether she would be staying in touch with her co-stars

She admitted: ‘Sometimes I’d go in with an opinion and someone would say something to me and I’d think “oh I haven’t thought about it like that before!”‘

She was asked about diversity on the panel, having said in a previous interview that the show lacks this ‘behind the scenes’, hinting this was a reason for quitting the show after five years to ‘reassess her priorities.’

Saira said that she would like a gay member of the panel, saying: ‘We need LGBTQ representation on daytime TV where you are sharing your life stories and helping to shape people’s opinions and help broaden their minds. It’s fundamental to have someone from that community.’

She suggested host Scott ‘put himself forward’ for the panel. ‘You’d be brilliant, I’m sure they’re still looking for people!’ she gushed.

Hinting there was more to be said on the matter, she went on: 'I'm not going to go into the nitty gritty here now. There are some I will be close to because we get each other'

She added: 'And there are some I won't miss at all who I was just like "I just have to tolerate you to do the job!"'

Hinting there was more to be said on the matter, she went on: ‘I’m not going to go into the nitty gritty here now. There are some I will be close to because we get each other!”‘

Saira was sure to assert that she lost interest in talking about certain topics on the show and wanted to hear different, grittier stories from people.

‘I don’t want to just talk about Harry and Meghan, I couldn’t give a flying monkey’s,’ said, adding: ‘I’m not just going to stay on the show for free make-up and a nice wardrobe!’

The star posted an article by Campaign Magazine on Instagram earlier this week, entitled ‘The BAME screen test: Does British TV lack diversity?’ – and wrote: ‘Decisions should always be based on factual evidence and not on what’s “ trendy” or “emotional”.’

Candid: Saira has taken another swipe at Loose Women by claiming the show lacks diversity 'behind the scenes'

Candid: Saira has taken another swipe at Loose Women by claiming the show lacks diversity ‘behind the scenes’

The article’s subtext read: ‘How does the UK’s TV industry stack up against the US when it comes to BAME representation both behind the camera and in front?’ 

Saira wrote: ‘This fantastic article in @campaignmagazine by Gideon Spencer really opened my eyes to the facts about the TV industry for which I have now worked in for over 15 years.

‘What’s fundamentally important is Representation of BAME and LGBTQ groups should not just be at the ‘frontline level’ – we’ve recently seen an increase in the hiring of many Black presenters on our screens, fronting mainstream shows, which has been fantastic, and long over due.

‘But what about that level of investment behind the screens at writer, editor, commissioner levels?’     

Happier times: The TV personality announced she was quitting the show after five years earlier this month, due to 'reassessing her priorities' (pictured 2019 with the panel)

Happier times: The TV personality announced she was quitting the show after five years earlier this month, due to ‘reassessing her priorities’ (pictured 2019 with the panel)

She added: ‘I speak from experience – you get invited through the door – but you’re never really sitting at the table.’

Mailonline has contacted Loose Women representatives for comment. 

Saira appeared to take a thinly-veiled swipe at Loose Women on Saturday when she shared a cryptic post that said: ‘They wanna see you do good but never better than them. She also stated that she won’t ‘limit’ herself to satisfy others. 

In a revealing interview a few days prior, she said that the other Loose Women panellists have ‘had their time’, and that she didn’t tell any of them she was leaving after five years on the programme.  

Post: The star posted an article by Campaign Magazine on Instagram entitled 'The BAME screen test: Does British TV lack diversity?' - and wrote: 'Decisions should always be based on factual evidence and not on what’s “ trendy” or “emotional”'

Post: The star posted an article by Campaign Magazine on Instagram entitled ‘The BAME screen test: Does British TV lack diversity?’ – and wrote: ‘Decisions should always be based on factual evidence and not on what’s “ trendy” or “emotional”’

Swipe: She added: 'I speak from experience - you get invited through the door - but you're never really sitting at the table'

Swipe: She added: ‘I speak from experience – you get invited through the door – but you’re never really sitting at the table’

Her recent Instagram quote read: ‘They wanna see you do good, but never better than them. Remember that.’ (sic)

In another social media upload on Saturday, she shared a quote from Dolly Parton: ‘I’m not going to LIMIT myself just because people won’t accept the fact that I can do something else’.    

After New Year’s Day, Saira announced that she was leaving Loose Women, just two weeks after fellow panellist Andrea McLean quit the show. 

The TV star explained her ‘difficult’ decision in her column for The Mirror last Saturday, saying the coronavirus crisis made her reassess what’s important.   

Detailing how she felt she had ‘nothing left to share’, Saira claimed she now wants to focus on her skincare brand and other projects. 

Revealing: Saira appeared to take a thinly-veiled swipe at Loose Women on Saturday after announcing her departure from the ITV show this week to 'reassess her priorities'

Revealing: Saira appeared to take a thinly-veiled swipe at Loose Women on Saturday after announcing her departure from the ITV show this week to ‘reassess her priorities’

Saira wrote: ‘Many people, including myself, have rediscovered the importance of putting our lives into perspective. 

‘We’ve been able to look at what’s really important to us. It has certainly made me assess my priorities, values and how I want to move forward with my life.

‘So I start this new year by saying goodbye to Loose Women. After five years of being a regular panellist, I’ve decided to give up my seat to another woman who will benefit from the platform as I did.’   

Claiming that it felt like she was ‘graduating’ from University, she said she was keen to pursue other opportunities in life so she thought it was the right time to ‘bow out’. 

Candid: The TV personality, 50, shared a cryptic post that said: 'They wanna see you do good but never better than them,' while also stating that she won't 'limit herself' to satisfy others

Candid: The TV personality, 50, shared a cryptic post that said: ‘They wanna see you do good but never better than them,’ while also stating that she won’t ‘limit herself’ to satisfy others

Saira told fans that she had shown people she was ‘an opinionated, strong woman’, and said that the COVID-19 crisis has simply helped her realise that her job no longer gave her satisfaction. 

The TV personality concluded her column by urging viewers to look after themselves mentally and physically, and to ‘find your balance’, as a job won’t do that for them. 

Saira redcently revealed that she wants to be replaced on Loose Women by ‘a gay, transgender or non-binary person’ after quitting the show.    

Sharing a snap of herself on a magazine cover, she wrote: ‘Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, dream, discover. Mark Twain

'Remember that': After she explained her 'difficult' decision to leave Loose Women in her column for The Mirror last Saturday, she shared the revealing quote on her Instagram

‘Remember that’: After she explained her ‘difficult’ decision to leave Loose Women in her column for The Mirror last Saturday, she shared the revealing quote on her Instagram

Made up her mind: After concluding that she had 'nothing left to share' about her Loose Women exit in the column, she also uploaded an empowering quote from Dolly Parton

Made up her mind: After concluding that she had ‘nothing left to share’ about her Loose Women exit in the column, she also uploaded an empowering quote from Dolly Parton

‘So for me change comes at the beginning of 2021 by leaving a familiar seat on @loosewomen . It wasn’t an easy decision, but one that I needed to make in order to grow myself in other ways.  

‘I came to the show a troubled soul and I will eternally be grateful for the platform @loosewomen gave me to share, speak up and out.

‘I will miss the great women who have become my very close friends. I feel honoured and privileged to have sat alongside them and learnt from them.

‘I leave the show feeling I’ve dealt with the baggage and now can enjoy moving forward to grow and enjoy new life opportunities, which includes growing my skincare business @sairaskinuk and exploring other Media projects.

Replacement: Saira has previously voiced her hopes that a 'gay, transgender or non binary person' would take her seat on the panel

Replacement: Saira has previously voiced her hopes that a ‘gay, transgender or non binary person’ would take her seat on the panel

‘I’d love my @loosewomen seat to be given to either a gay, transgender or non binary person – that will help the show to be more reflective of the world we live in. That’s what I would do if I was in charge.

‘I don’t like formal goodbyes, so I won’t be on the show to look back at my “best bits”. That’s not how I want to say goodbye…

‘@loosewomen it was an honour and a privilege to be part of this iconic show of strong, talented, fiesty, honest, opinionated , caring, loving women. Thanks for the opportunities and everlasting friendship and memories.  

‘Thank you to the amazing audience who have watched and supported me, and now follow me here. You have given me so much love and self confidence, more than you will ever know.’

She concluded: ‘Thank you from the bottom of my heart. You’ve helped shape me, to become the woman I want to be, moving forward. Thank you.’      

In an interview with New! Magazine a few days later, she expressed her belief that some other Loose Women panellists should exit the ITV show. 

Saira said: ‘I actually think there are other women on that show who have had their time and they need to renew and refresh.   

Honest: Saira said that the other Loose Women panellists have 'had their time' and that she didn't tell any of them she was leaving after five years on the show (pictured with Coleen Nolan, Ruth Langsford, Priscilla Presley, Jane Moore in 2015)

Honest: Saira said that the other Loose Women panellists have ‘had their time’ and that she didn’t tell any of them she was leaving after five years on the show (pictured with Coleen Nolan, Ruth Langsford, Priscilla Presley, Jane Moore in 2015)

‘I don’t mean anyone in particular, to keep that show fresh and relevant you have to look around and you know when your time is up.’

Saira said she decided not to tell her co-stars about her departure because she wanted to announce it ‘on my terms’ and didn’t ‘want a big drama’. 

The former Apprentice star added about how sometimes voicing her opinions on the show made her a victim of trolling. 

She told the publication: ‘At times I really put my neck on the line and got threats and abuse from the [Asian] community when talking about taboo subjects.’

However Saira said she feels like she had done her duty to represent women from her background and would love to see ‘a gay or transgender woman take my seat’. 

MailOnline have contacted Saira’s representatives for comment. 

The entrepreneur lives in Oxford with her husband Steve Hyde, they share two children Zac, 12, and Amara, nine, who they adopted from Pakistan in 2011. 

Family: The TV sensation lives in Oxford with her husband Steve Hyde, they share two children Zac, 12, and Amara, nine, who they adopted from Pakistan in 2011 (pictured)

Family: The TV sensation lives in Oxford with her husband Steve Hyde, they share two children Zac, 12, and Amara, nine, who they adopted from Pakistan in 2011 (pictured)

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