Loose Women suddenly yanked off the air for the week in ITV schedule shake-up

Loose Women suddenly yanked off the air for the week in ITV schedule shake-up

Let's hope Loose Women fans like horse racing, as the ITV daytime chat show has been replaced with the Cheltenham Races for four days.

Monday's episode aired as usual, but Loose Women viewers were surprised to switch on their tellies this afternoon to see horses gallop across their screens.

The series won't resume until March 21, as the Loose Women panellists take a well-deserved break from the action in an ITV schedule shake-up.

Instead, the Cheltenham horse racing festival will be broadcast for the rest of the week, with ITV News pushed forward by an hour to accommodate the live event.

The news comes after it was revealed Loose Women has earned a major dong at the Royal Television Awards, getting crowned the Best Daytime Programme 2021.

Taking home the coveted award, Loose Women was up against rival shows like BBC's The Bidding Room and Channel 4's Junior Bake Off.

Panellists Charlene White, Judi Love, Brenda Edwards and Kelle Bryan spoke out on the major win, after forming the show's first-ever all-Black panel in the show's 21-year-history.

Charlene, who is also an anchor on the ITV News, said: "I'm very proud of all of us: the entire Loose presenting team, every single one of our off-screen team, the viewers, and of course those who paved the way.

"For many viewers, it was an emotional moment to see four black women on their screens, a sentiment that was shared amongst all of us that day."

Meanwhile, Judi admitted she was "overwhelmed with joy" when she heard the news, hoping it would set an example for people of colour up and down the country.

She said: "Today I want to say to many little girls and women, that see themselves in me, you are enough.

"Thank you to all of the Loose Women producers who continue to work with courage, care and passion to deliver the best daytime TV for all! Thank you RTS!!!!"

"Winning this award is not just about us, it is for every woman who has ever felt marginalised and under-appreciated," former Hollyoaks star Kelle added.

Brenda also weighed in on the win, saying: "I'm so thankful to Loose Women for giving me and all the girls a platform to give our opinions on day to day topics that affect our wonderful audience and society as a whole.

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"Sharing our experiences in the hope of helping others is a huge privilege."

Brenda, who rose to fame thanks to her sensational vocals on The X factor, added: "The show has been running for over 20 years now, may it long continue!"

Loose Women airs weekdays at 12:30pm on ITV and catch up on the ITV Hub

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