Loose Womens Penny Lancaster taking time away from show to focus on family

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    Sir Rod Stewart's wife Penny Lancaster has taken a step back from Loose Women, to focus on other family commitments.

    The news comes after other now-former Loose Women stars, such as Carol McGiffin and Saira Khan, decided to exit the “cut-throat” daytime favourite show.

    Penny’s initial appearance was in 2014. She went on to maintain a regular presence on the panel until September 2022, contributing as a member of the Loose Women an impressive 105 times.

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    However, the mum-of-two has been said to not be able to contribute to the show’s demanding substantial time commitment, despite “enjoying doing the show”.

    A source toldThe Sun: “She’s touring with Rod and also has family commitments both in the UK and abroad.

    "She could still make a guest appearance.”

    An ITV spokesperson said: "Penny is a much-loved part of the award-winning Loose Women family and it is always a pleasure to have her on the show. We look forward to her joining us again soon."

    While Penny is still a valued member of the team and fan of the show, Loose Women has been surrounded by controversy in recent times.

    Talent agent Melanie Blake – who represented 15 of the Loose Women – criticised the show in the aftermath of the This Morning controversy.

    She shared: "In my experience, it's [Loose Women] that's a cut-throat place to work and not This Morning," before revealing the only person she's stayed in contact with from the show is Saira Khan.

    Last May, outspoken Loose Women starCarol McGiffin opened up about her reasons for leaving the ITV daytime showafter announcing her official exit.

    The TV star, who has appeared on the show on and off for over 20 years, reportedly fought with ITV bosses after she made comments about the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Carol had reportedly engaged in a dispute with ITV bosses regarding her freedom of speech and expression.

    This issue came to light during an interview on TNT talk radio, where she disclosed that her comments about the media allegedly indoctrinating the public had caused friction.

    She also accused bosses of turning the show “very, very woke”.

    In January, another Loose Women star left the panel, as Saira Khan announced her exit.

    The 53-year-old revealed that she was giving up her seat on the showafter 2020 made her "assess her priorities" and she wants to focus on "what's really important".

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