Denise Welch hits out as agent says Loose Women is a cut-throat place to work

Denise Welch didn’t hesitate in hitting back at Melanie Blake, as the agent to the stars claimed “in my experience, it’s [Loose Women] that’s a cut-throat place to work and not This Morning”.

The actress and Loose Women panellist fumed in response on social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter, that she “adores” her colleagues on the ITV show.

Denise wrote: “So disappointing that a female agent @MelanieBlakeUK constantly uses her position to tear down other women.

“It’s such a cliche that women can’t work together without being b****es.

“I adore my @loosewomen colleagues otherwise I wouldn’t work there.”

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It comes after Melanie previously represented several Loose Women presenters, and claimed “it’s just not a period of time I want to relive” in an interview with The Mirror.

Melanie revealed the only Loose Women star she has maintained a good relationship with is Saira Khan, who quit the show in 2021.

When quizzed on toxic workplace allegations aimed at This Morning in the aftermath of Phillip Schofield leaving the programme, Melanie said she “never felt on edge” around Holly Willoughby and her colleagues.

She told the publication: “I can confirm in my experience, it’s [Loose Women] that’s a cut-throat place to work and not This Morning.

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“I was even on set the day Holly started and have been there hundreds of times and have never once felt on edge.

“But put a load of ambitious women together with a small amount of seats to fill and inevitably there is always going to be tension. Showbiz isn’t all diamonds and rosé.”

The talent agent continued to claim: “Despite the party line of the Loose Women having been the best of friends from day one, it’s simply that, a party line.

“Just because you get a job sitting next to each other, doesn’t mean you’re going to be friends. There were a lot of egos in my era, so it’s not a show I want my new agency to represent stars from again.”

ITV previously spoke out to deny Saira’s claims that she experienced “toxic working conditions” while on Loose Women.

She claimed after her exit that the culture of Loose Women encouraged panellists to argue which made her “into a b****y person I don’t want to be”.

A spokesman for Loose Women said at the time of her claims: “We strongly refute all of these claims. Duty of care is of paramount importance for all of our panellists. Saira left the panel almost two years ago and we wish her well.”

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