‘It’s not a place where I feel I fit in’: Carol McGiffin accuses her former Loose Women panellists of ‘shoving wokeness down viewers throats’ – after quitting show amid free speech row
Carol McGiffin has accused her former show Loose Women of shoving liberal woke rhetoric ‘down viewers throats’ after ending her 20-year association with the ITV staple.
McGiffin, who made her first appearance on the show in 2003, recently confirmed she has walked away from her role because ITV insisted she sign a contract with clauses that were ‘totally unjust and unworkable’.
As exclusively revealed by Katie Hind in the Mail On Sunday, she was also at the heart of a free speech row following backlash over her tirade in an interview on TNT talk radio.
The 62-year old has since accused her former ITV paymasters of succumbing to the same woke sensibilities as rival broadcasters Channel 4 and the BBC – and admits she no longer watches the show.
Speaking to Dan Wootton on Tuesday’s edition of GB News, she said: ‘Well put it this way, reading all the comments from the article at the weekend there are a lot of people who think the programme has gone very, very woke.’
Speaking out: Carol McGiffin has accused her former show Loose Women of shoving liberal woke rhetoric ‘down viewers throats’ after ending her 20-year association with the ITV staple
All over: McGiffin recently confirmed she has walked away from her role because ITV insisted she sign a contract with clauses that were ‘totally unjust and unworkable’.
Opening up: The presenter discussed her departure with GB News host Dan Wootton on Tuesday evening
After Wootton confessed he doesn’t watch the show as a result of its change in tone, she added: ‘Well, neither do I. The whole of mainstream media is very, very woke.
‘You just don’t have to keep forcing this stuff down people’s’ throats, it’s not just ITV, the BBC is probably worse actually – and saying that, Channel 4 is probably the worst out of all of them. It’s not a place where I feel I fit in.’
‘And, even though, you should be having the debates and seeing a difference in opinion, in the typical woke ideals, you don’t really get it anymore you’re not allowed to say it and if you do, you either get censored or you get cancelled as many people have learnt to their cost.’
Referring to ITV, she said: ‘They come back and say we support free speech but I can’t see it, I can’t really see it – from where I’m sitting anyway.’
McGiffin sparked a row with ITV after using her TNT interview to accuse reputable mainstream news organisations of conspiring to brainwash the public during the COVID-19 pandemic, causing a mass mental health breakdown, after being ‘bought off by the Government’.
She added she thought the then Health Secretary Matt Hancock tried to bring in COVID-19 patients from France to fill ’empty hospital beds’ in Britain at the height of the pandemic.
ITV chiefs saw a backlash against her diatribe on social media, while others phoned the network to demand that she be sacked.
McGiffin, who was married to DJ Chris Evans from 1991 to 1998, last appeared on Loose Women on March 2, a week before her TNT Radio interview for The Freeman Report, with James Freeman.
She had been a Loose Women regular from 2000 to 2013, then again from 2018.
But in her radio interview she slated the show, one of ITV’s most popular daytime programmes, hinting that she had been censored by its bosses.
She said: ‘I always look back at when I started working in television and radio as the good old days because they were much less policed, I suppose. Much less restricted and it was a freer place to be.
‘When I look back at the old Loose Womens I used to do from 2000 all the until I left in 2013, they’re completely different. There is so much offence. People take so much offence at so much and they never used to.’