Former Corrie star Sherrie Hewson has revealed that she fully understands how Loose Women stars Zoe Tyler and Kate Thornton felt when they were ditched from the show.
Speaking to the Daily Mirror, Sherrie explained that show business in general is a “cut throat” industry.
She said, “OK, of course it’s sad for Zoe and Kate personally. But these things happen every day in television.
“It’s never personal, although of course it feels that way when it’s happening to you and it’s a job you love.
“The truth is, shows change all the time and executives want to renew and re-energise them.
“It’s awful news for the girls themselves, but unfortunately it happens to everyone in TV at some point and it doesn’t mean the end of you.
“Coleen Nolan was axed along with Twiggy from This Morning 10 years ago and look at her now – she’s back on the same show and more popular than ever.”
Sherrie, who’s 60, was of course herself axed from Coronation Street and her role as Maureen Naylor in 1997.
Of that, she said, “For me, the news I was being sacked did come as a terrible shock.
“I had just signed a contract for another year so I thought I was secure where I was.
“But after a month, with a new producer, I was told 10 of us were going, and I was one of the unlucky lot.
“It caught me off guard. I loved my character and I hadn’t considered that I might be asked to leave.
“I was so hurt and I thought I’d done something wrong. But of course it’s nothing to do with you.
“It’s just how the show is working, and if someone high up decides they want to shake things up, there’s nothing you can do about it.
“It’s the same for Kate and Zoe. Kate was back on primetime TV the other night presenting the Will Young special and Zoe is already on tour, so they are back in business and doing great.
“We made sure we gave them a proper send-off in the usual Loose Women tradition – we all went out and got drunk!”
Carol Vorderman and former Corrie star Sally Lindsay have now joined the panel of Loose Women, and Sherrie believes they’ll bring a lot to the show.
She said, “I’m sure the girls will be great. They are both lovely, and the more different opinions we have on the show the better.
“Fresh blood keeps things interesting. Loose Women is a very even ship.
“There is no room for big egos or dramatics.”