Loose Women is returning with a brand new face among the line up, Judy Finnigan, and co-anchor Andrea McLean is delighted she’s decided to return to TV.
“I’m really thrilled that Judy has come out of her little retirement to join Loose Women,” McLean tells RadioTimes.com.
Madeley had said she didn’t want to do TV work anymore, and McLean admits she was “surprised” she changed her mind, but thinks she'll make a great addition.
“Judy is obviously a bit shier than Richard [Madeley]. He tends to do the chatting when they’re on, but I think she’s a brilliant addition. She’s a smart, intelligent, thoughtful lady and I’m sure she’ll have some brilliant opinions on all the different topics we’re going to raise.
“I don’t think I’ve spoken to her without Richard, she’s used to fighting for airtime with him,” McLean adds.
Not that Richard himself is a stranger to the Loose Women panel.
“Richard’s been on loads of times, to be honest, Richard is an honorary 'Loose Woman' anyway. He’s been on so many times.”
Music manager Sharon Osbourne will also be making a return to the Loose Women panel as a guest co-host, which will be a walk in the park for the star who has her own version of the show in the US.
“She’s very used to the whole format and the whole idea of it all and I think she’s brilliant,” says McLean.
Of the overall show McLean explains, “There’ll be a slightly smaller team of ladies, which means people will get more familiar with everyone and I think get to know us as a bunch of ladies again that you want to hang out with every lunchtime. That’s the sort of feel we’re going for again, to be very lively and chatty and fun and I think very relevant.”
On her own role on the panel, McLean continues in her position as an anchor.
“Ruth [Langsford] and I are going to be sharing it. I’ll be doing two days [Thursday and Friday], she’ll be doing three. Then I’ll be sitting in other bits and bobs when she’s away. So I’m coming back and I’ll actually be doing more than I was before, so it’s wonderful.”
And viewers can expect a few changes, with more viewer and audience interaction. “It will be a lot more energetic, which is fun. A lot more upbeat and jolly.
Model and photographer Penny Lancaster and TV and radio presenter Gloria Hunniford will also join the regular Loose Women presenting team.
Loose Women returns Monday 8th September at 12.30pm on ITV