Andrea McLean quits Loose Women after 13 years: 'I want to be brave'

Loose Women star Andrea McLean is leaving the show after 13 years.

The presenter, who has been part of ITV Daytime for 23 years, broke down as she revealed she wanted to see ‘what the universe has in store’ in 2021.

Following the release of her book This Girl Is on Fire: How to Live, Learn and Thrive in a Life You Love, the 51-year-old wants to start a new business to ‘help women’.

An emotional Andrea told the panellists on Monday’s episode: ‘I’m gonna be leaving Loose Women.

‘I want to be brave. It was a really big decision to jump and see if I fall or fly.’

It wasn’t long before the other panellists – Saira Khan, Brenda Edwards and Linda Robson – were also tearing up and wiping their eyes.

Andrea added she will still be on Loose Women up until Christmas and that she is not leaving TV altogether.

Her comments came when Andrea, Saira, Brenda and Linda discussed how this strange year made them reflect on their lives.

Andrea said: ‘You get one life. Are you living it the way that you want and are you doing everything that you want to do? Are you taking chances? And I realised, no.’

She burst into tears and went on: ‘I didn’t think I was gonna cry, I’ve told you guys just before we came on air.

‘All the incredible feedback that I had from my book and the support I was able to give them. I want to bring it to life and I want to…it was a really, really big decision.

‘I just thought, I will never know unless I try so I am saying goodbye to Loose Women.’

Linda said: ‘We’re gonna miss you so much, Andrea. You’ve been amazing and a real good friend to me. When I was going through my depression and everything, you was the one that was ringing all the time to see if I was okay. I just know that we won’t lose touch.’

Andrea shared that it was her choice to leave and that ITV had been ‘wonderful’, even offering to scale back her days on the show so she can focus on other projects.

She continued: ‘I’m not leaving today, this is just my day to tell you guys. ITV have been amazing. I’ve been anchoring Loose Women for 13 years now, I’ve been part of ITV Daytime for 23 years. The team have been so wonderful.

‘I’m not saying goodbye to telly either. All I’m doing is…you just never know unless you try. I’m gonna put myself out there, see what the universe has in store, help as many women as I possibly can, in whatever way that means, and all the love and effort that I’m putting into that.’

Saira reassured her co-star that she would have a ‘really big send off’ complete with highlights from throughout her career.

Andrea first joined Loose Women in 2007.

Loose Women airs weekdays from 12.30pm on ITV

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