Saira Khan has claimed that Loose Women bosses tried to make her join OnlyFans as a PR stunt, leading her to quit the show.
She was on the panel show between 2015 and 2020 before dramatically quitting
Saira has now claimed that the “shocking” request was the final straw in an alleged string of desperate bids to get publicity for the ITV show as ratings declined.
In the wake of various scandals, Saira spoke about ITV culture, claiming:
- She would frequently go home crying over producers’ unreasonable requests.
- She was used as clickbait to help get the show recommissioned and bosses would “rub their hands with glee” at negative stories.
- She was offered no support when she became a target for trolls and threats to her family’s safety.
- Saira said: “The straw that broke the camel’s back was when one of the young producers was sent running after me to ask whether I would be prepared to open an OnlyFans account.
“To say I was shocked was an understatement.
“I could see she herself was mortified to ask me.
“I replied, ‘You’re asking an Asian woman who has a husband and kids and comes from a Muslim family to open an OnlyFans account?’
“She said, ‘It’s just on your social media you’ve been posting images in your underwear and we thought if you could go undercover to see the kind of response you get from men, it would make a great story’.
“There and then, I knew my time was up on the show. I felt humiliated, angry, disappointed and like fodder.”