Gloria Hunniford criticised for Mark Labbett 'belly' comment

Gloria Hunniford has been criticised by Loose Women viewers for her comments regarding the weight of The Chase star Mark Labbett.

The 57-year-old quizzer was appearing on the daytime show to promote his new quiz challenge book Can You Beat The Beast? and appeared noticeably slimmer.

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Video transcript

MARK LABBETT: [INAUDIBLE] I'm doing panto this year, doing "Jack and the Beanstalk," in Northwich. And I think you can guess I'm not playing the romantic lead.

[LAUGHTER]

GLORIA HUNNIFORD: Tell what, though. You want much thinner.

MARK LABBETT: Yeah--

GLORIA HUNNIFORD: You had a bit of a belly the last time you were here.

MARK LABBETT: Yeah, I'm down--

[LAUGHTER]

Hey, you know the the rule. Your good friends can be as rude to you--

[LAUGHTER]

But thank you. But I'm down to under 21 stone now. So--

GLORIA HUNNIFORD: Imagine, 10 stone--

- How much have you lost since--

MARK LABBETT: 29 stone and 2, [INAUDIBLE]

- Wow.

- Wow.

[APPLAUSE]