Loose Women star admits she is diva who skips meetings and has on-set demands

Janet Street-Porter has dubbed herself a "diva" as she reveals her numerous on-set demands.

The Loose Women panellist, 76, has shared that she likes having special treatment behind-the-scenes, including joining meetings remotely and having a long list of riders.

She told The Daily Star: "They call me a diva. I’ve got my own list of requirements in my dressing room. I like Redbush tea bags, I like heated rollers on, I don’t want to talk to anyone really. Unfortunately I do have to!"

Janet revealed that ever since the Covid-19 pandemic, she has been skipping the morning in-person meetings that her co-stars are required to attend.

She explained: "I don’t come in for the meeting. Since Covid I have done the morning meeting remotely. I sit at home watching them on my computer. I arrive last."

Janet recently left her social media followers concerned when she told of a scary encounter while out on a walk by herself when a man in a car started hurling abuse at her.

She tweeted: "I went for a quiet walk by the sea in Kent this afternoon. A car suddenly drove up behind me, the man behind the wheel screamed I HATE YOU, WE ALL HATE YOU, YOU ARE STUPID and when I tried walk away he turned round and spat out YOU WILL GO DOWN. He's driving a grey Golf."

Janet's revelations come after Loose Women was accused of fostering a "toxic environment" behind the scenes, as a number of former panellists, including Vicky Pattison and Carol McGiffin hit out at the show.

Former Geordie Shore star Vicky, 35, who was a regular panellist on the popular daytime ITV show from 2015 to 2019, has claimed that producers would often push the panel through earpieces if they thought the guest was about to cry.

While Carol, 63, labelled the entire "ITV Daytime Family" as "dysfunctional as they come", she also hit out at the show claiming it had "gone very, very woke."

The claims about Loose Women come amid wider accusations of a "toxic environment" at ITV daytime TV shows, especially in the wake of Phillip Schofield's exit from This Morning, which saw him admit to an "unwise but not illegal" affair with a much younger colleague.

Since then a number of stars have opened up about their negative experiences at ITV daytime shows, including This Morning and Loose Women.

Refuting claims of "toxicity" at This Morning and other daytime ITV shows, Magnus Brooke, ITV's director of strategy, policy and regulation, told MPs: "There's a very sophisticated and a significant system of safeguarding and duty of care at ITV with a very significant set of policies.

"We have a code of conduct, which sets out our expectations about how people behave, and that deals with a number of different issues, from equal opportunities to respect to work, dignity and understanding.

"We then have an important set of requirements, which hold people to account internally."

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