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Loose Women panellist Frankie Bridge has called out media double standards following reports about behind-the-scenes drama at the ITV daytime show, which several of its presenters have already denied.
Earlier this month, ITV bosses and Coleen Nolan both shot down a story in the Mail On Sunday claiming that some members of the show’s on-air team had specifically requested not to share the panel with her.
“My friends asked me about [the rumoured rows]. I genuinely don’t experience it or see it,” the former Saturdays singer told the tabloid.
Frankie went on to suggest that she and her co-stars were easy targets for false “feud” stories because the show’s panellists are all women.
“When I first went on the show, I was nervous because I’ve read about all these feuds,” she admitted.
“I think it’s sad that this doesn’t happen on something like A League of Their Ownwith a group of men. It’s just not mentioned. And coming from a girl band, it’s exactly the same thing.”
“Everyone always wants women to fight and it’s a real shame that it undoes all the good that Loose Women does,” she continued.
Referring specifically to Coleen, Frankie added: “There’s not one person that I would say: ‘Don’t put me on with them.’ Even during a heated debate on the show, during the break everyone’s fine.
“So I don’t know if it’s true or not, but I’ve just never experienced it. I get on really well with Coleen.”
Coleen recently revealed she’d been “really hurt” by the recent reports about her in the press, stating: “None of us on Loose Women have ever said we wouldn’t work with anyone else. It was just so upsetting.”
Dismissing claims in the original story about her supposed attitude backstage, Coleen also insisted: “I could never be ‘high and mighty’ because my mother would jump up from her grave and batter me.
“I can’t stand divas of any kind. I’ve had enough drama in my life, I don’t need any more.”
“This is my time to enjoy myself, and I’m not going to let anyone spoil it. I just want a quiet life, feeding my goats and doing Loose Women,” she added.
A spokesperson for Loose Women previously told HuffPost UK that the Mail On Sunday’s story was “untrue”, adding: “Panellists are chosen for each show by the Loose Women Editor and senior production team, not the panellists themselves.”
This article originally appeared on HuffPost UK and has been updated.