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Loose Women star Saira Khan recently announced that she is quitting the show after five years.
The 50 year old panellist, who rose to fame as a contestant on The Apprentice, announced the new in her column for The Mirror.
She explained that last year's pandemic has made people realise “what’s really important to us”.
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She continued that the tribulations of 2020 have “certainly made me assess my priorities, values and how I want to move forward with my life.”
However now, in a post shared on her Instagram page, the TV personality has said that she hopes Loose Women bosses will consider replacing her with someone from the LGBTQ+ community in order to increase the show’s diversity.
She wrote: "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."
The mum of two then went on to explain why she was leaving the show, and stated that while it had helped her a great deal it was now time to move on and focus on other things.
She added: "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.
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"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."
Finishing her post, the outspoken star wrote: "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.
"My goodbye is in today’s #SundayMirror@notebooklive for you to read."
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