Loose Women’s Saira Khan says she’s only friends with four co-stars after exit

Former Loose Women star Saira Khan has revealed that she is only friends with just four of her co-stars from the ITV chat show.

The former Apprentice contestant quit the show in dramatic fashion back in January, and has since opened up about her life after leaving the show.

The ex-presenter, 51, appeared on the all-female daytime show alongside Janet Street-Porter, Nadia Sawalha, Stacey Solomon, Denise Welch and many others TV stars.

However, it turns out she merely "tolerated" some of her other female colleagues on the show to do her job properly, and knew that she wouldn't be friends with the stars in real life.

Naming the four co-stars whom she still considers close friends, Saira told OK!: "I'm really close to Coleen Nolan, Ruth Langsford, Linda Robson and Christine Lampard.

"Out of everyone, they're the people I'd invite round to my home and the ones I've got a relationship with.

"There were some women that I just thought: 'I've got to just tolerate you to do the job and in real life you wouldn't be my friend.'

"They'd say the same about me. Plus, I shared a lot about myself on that show – my abuse, adoption, arranged marriage and a lot of relationship stuff."

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She went on to say that you don't get a lot of thanks for opening up about your personal issues on the show, and that she felt like she was putting them in a "precarious situation".

She added that she would return home from work feeling "sh**" about herself and what she had shared.

The star left Loose Women at the start of the year, after joining the panel in 2015 – having risen to TV fame on BBC's The Apprentice and finishing as the runner-up.

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Announcing the news of her departure in her column for the Mirror, she said: "It'd 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."

Saira competed in the eighteenth series of Celebrity Big Brother in 2016, and in the eleventh series of Dancing on Ice in 2019.

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