It seems that comedienne Jenny Éclair has failed to amuse the bosses over at ITV, and her fellow panellists apparently as it’s been reported today that she’s been fired from the show.
The Daily Mirror reports that Loose Women’s producers have declined to renew Jenny’s contract with the show, and she will subsequently film her last edition next month.
Show insiders have revealed that there have been “two distinct camps” behind the scenes of the hit daytime chat show, with Carol McGiffin, Carol Vorderman, Denise Welch, Andrea McLean and former Corrie star Sally Lindsay in one group, while Jenny and Janet Street-Porter are in the other.
That divide apparently came about as a result of an incident around eight months ago which saw Jenny and Janet apologizing for drawing “moustaches and devil horns” on framed photographs of singers Myleene Klass and Katherine Jenkins at the ITV studios in South London…
One of the show insiders said of Jenny’s imminent departure, “The decision to part ways was amicable, but it is no secret that there is tension backstage between some of the women.
“Jenny and Janet are as thick as thieves, and Jenny has enjoyed her time on the series…
“But she never fully integrated with the other women and feels now is the time to move on.”
Of the news that she was leaving the show, Jenny said, “I’ve had a brilliant time at Loose Women over the past year.
“It’s been an absolute hoot and I’ve met some really lovely people.
“I just want to say thanks to everyone at ITV for 12 months of many laughs and I wish Loose Women, and all who sail on her, all the love and luck.”
She added, “There are no hard feelings on either side and I’m happy to offer my services behind the LW desk should there be any last-minute emergencies.
“After all, I only live down the road.”
And an ITV spokeswoman added, “Jenny will be taking some time out this autumn to focus on other projects including writing a book. But the door is still open for her.”
Will you be sorry to see her go?