Saira Khan would 'love' her Loose Women spot to go to gay or trans star

Loose Women star Saira Khan wants her spot on the panel to go to a gay, transgender or non-binary star after she quit the programme.

Saira announced on Saturday that she is leaving the ITV show after five years.

The 50-year-old feels she is ‘graduating from the University of Loose’ and now wants to ‘pursue degrees in other life experiences’.

Sharing her decision on Instagram, the TV star added her hope that she is replaced by someone who ‘will help the show to be more reflective of the world we live in.’

In a message to her followers the mum-of-two said: ‘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.

‘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.’

Saira added that she is making a clean break and will not be returning to the show for a send off episode as ‘I don’t like formal goodbyes’.

She concluded: ‘@loosewomen it was an honour and a privilege to be part of this iconic show of strong, talented, feisty, 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. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. You’ve helped shape me, to become the woman I want to be, moving forward.’

Saira, who was runner-up on The Apprentice in 2005, became a regular Loose Women panellist in 2015.

Her departure comes after anchor Andrea McLean quit the daytime programme in November after 13 years.

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