Carol McGiffin has revealed that her future on ITV’s Loose Women could be in jeopardy after a ‘difficult contract issue’.
The presenter, 63, originally joined the talk show in 2000 and returned in June 2018 after five years away.
But after an ‘unjust’ contract request, the star has remained off-screen for the past two months – indicating that her time on the show could be coming to an end.
Speaking to Best Magazine, she explained how the ‘stress’ over the contract negotiations had been impacting her life.
She said: ‘I haven’t been on the show for two months now because I’ve had to step away from it. It was causing me too much stress, which was mostly down to a difficult contract issue I’d been challenging since January.
Tricky: Carol McGiffin has revealed that her future on ITV’s Loose Women could be in jeopardy after a ‘difficult contract issue’ (stock image)
‘The problem was, ITV were insisting, for the first time since I went back in 2018, that if I wanted to carry on doing the show, I would have to sign a contract that was totally unjust and unworkable for me, so I had to say “no thanks”.
Carol, who is a favourite for her fiery opinions on the show, was quick to emphasise her current situation.
She added to the publication: ‘I feel quite upset about it, if I’m honest, because although it is my decision, I felt like it was one I was being forced to make. No one in their right mind would have signed that contract. And I can’t see a way back from it.’
With the Loose Women tour upcoming, Carol has confirmed that she will not be partaking.
MailOnline has contacted a spokesperson for Loose Women for more information.
Carol, enjoying a small hiatus from the series, recently jetted off to Thailand to celebrate her birthday with husband Mark Cassidy, 40, who is 23 years her junior.
Sharing a selection of snaps from their time away, the pair could be seen cosied up on the beach as they toasted her special day with rose wine.
Carol teamed a white sporty bikini top with matching shorts for her day in the sunshine, unbuttoning them to show off her toned tummy.
Long-standing: The presenter, 63, originally joined the talk show in 2000 and returned in June 2018 after five years away
Time to say goodbye? But after an ‘unjust’ contract request, the star has remained off-screen for the past two months – and has said she can’t see a way back at the moment
She wore her caramel locks in a straight and sleek style, completing her look with a statement necklace and oversized sunglasses.
Mark kept his look casual teaming a black T-shirt with monochrome board shorts as he raised a glass to his wife.
Carol captioned the image with the words: ‘Scenes from a 63rd birthday ❤️ #phuket #birthdaygirl @cassola21 #beach #rosé.’
Among the gallery of images was a picture of the couple tucking into a delicious looking pizza while drinking a bottle of Whispering Angel.
Carol also shared yet more stunning selfies by her sunlounger and a picture of the couple with an impressive sunset backdrop.
Time away: Carol, enjoying a small hiatus from the series, recently jetted off to Thailand to celebrate her birthday with husband Mark Cassidy, 40, who is 23 years her junior
Then throwing a shirt over her bikini top, the couple went to a local bar for yet more drinks before indulging in a game of pool and some egg fried rice.
While away, the couple celebrated their 15th anniversary together, along with their fifth anniversary.
Carol penned: ‘Five years married, 15 years together. Still having a good time. I love my husband every day.’
Carol, who was once married to presenter Chris Evans, met Mark at an ITV wrap party in 2008 and they got engaged the same year.
And despite being a food and drink lover, Carol once said: ‘The reason I’m not fat is because I don’t want to be fat.
‘I’ve always been very conscious of my health and particularly what I eat.’