Saira announced her exit from Loose Women back in January (Picture: Ken McKay/ITV)
Former Loose Women panelist Saira Khan has spoken out on how she came to the decision to walk away from her place on the ITV show after appearing on SAS: Who Dares Wins.
Saira, 51, had been a regular fixture on the lunchtime programme for five years but announced she had quit back in January.
At the time, the star credited the decision down to the Covid-19 pandemic, giving her time to think about her life and her future.
But it seems her latest venture – taking part in the gruelling third celebrity series of SAS: Who Dares Wins – was the catalyst for the decision in the first place.
‘I did take big drastic steps,’ she said ahead of the show’s first episode.
‘I left Loose Women and, interestingly, Andrea McLean left Loose Women after doing SAS.
‘It changes your life. You realise you’ve got to cut through the s**t and start living.’
She explained how her appearance on the grueling show led to her exit (Picture: Channel 4)
She went on to add: ‘I didn’t want to go back to the same s**t, getting the same results, so I changed my life. I’m actually very happy about it.’
Saira has publicly spoken about deciding not to keep in contact with some of her former co-stars and opened up this week about who she has remained friends with from her previous role.
Saira noted how former co-star Andrea also decided to leave the show after her SAS: Who Dares Wins appearance (Credits: ITV)
The former Apprentice star told OK!: ‘Out of everyone, they’re the people I’d invite round to my home and the ones I’ve got a relationship with.
‘There were some women that I just thought, “I’ve got to just tolerate you to do the job and in real life you wouldn’t be my friend.”
‘They’d say the same about me.’
Saira finished as runner-up on the first series of The Apprentice back in 2005 and has also presented The Martin Lewis Money Show as well as her slot on Loose Women.
The TV personality is married to husband Steven Hyde, with whom she has a son named Zachariah and daughter called Amara, who the pair adopted in 2011 from Pakistan.
Loose Women airs weekdays at 12:30pm on ITV.