Coleen Nolan told ‘she’s lucky to have a job on Loose Women’ by former ITV boss
Loose Women: Coleen Nolan reveals that she’s ‘met someone’
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Coleen Nolan, 56, has been a panellist on Loose Women for the past two decades after making her ITV show debut in 2000. The presenter, who rose to fame as one of The Nolan Sisters, addressed celebrity agent Melanie Blake’s claim during her podcast Girl Talk.
Melanie, who has represented top actors on soaps including Coronation Street, EastEnders and Emmerdale, opened up about a conversation with an unnamed ITV boss, who no longer works at the network.
The best-selling author explained it was a “different era” at the time she attempted to get Coleen more television bookings.
Speaking on her YouTube series, Melanie explained: “I made an appointment to go up to the old ITV Towers and I went to see the Head of ITV daytime – who is no longer there. He does not work at ITV anymore and this is a different era.
“I made an appointment to see him and I said, ‘I would like to talk about Coleen Nolan and the fact that I think she could do more than Loose Women.’
“And he laughed out loud and said, ‘She’s lucky to have a job on that panel. She’s a middle-aged housewife.’ I think you were 38 at the time because you got engaged at 40.”
Coleen interjected: “That’s right, yes.”
Melanie went on: “You were about a size 16 at the time. And he said, ‘She’s lucky to be there. She’s not famous, they’re not watching her.’
“I said, ‘Listen, I beg to differ here. She’s been famous since she was four-years-old. She’s travelled all over the world. They know her.
“And he went, ‘If you think she’s so famous and she’s so popular and you think there is an audience for her, why don’t you tell her to get into Dancing On Ice and see whether they’ll vote for her.’
Coleen cheerily hit back: “And they did. Yay!”
Melanie went to explain that she contacted the Nolan Sister star and reiterated what had happened at the meeting.
She then quizzed: “How did you feel? Because you wanted the truth.”
The author explained that she suggested Coleen take up their offer of taking part in the skating show Dancing On Ice but added that she shouldn’t be there “comedy act”.
Coleen revealed she had lost weight after going from a size 16 to a size 12 before taking part in the competition.
“I’ve got to say, honestly with my hand on my heart, [I lost weight] because I was also going to get married,” Coleen commented.
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“It was more important for me to feel brilliant on my wedding day. Then to appease some fat old boss at work. I think because I’ve been in the business for so long and with women – and I don’t just mean my Loose Women girls – I mean my sisters as well.
“We’ve all been judged as women but the only difference is when I was with my sisters there was no social media.”
Express.co.uk has contacted ITV representatives for comment.
Coleen has been a panellist on the ITV daytime show on and off for the past 20 years.
She left the programme in 2011 only to return to her slot two years later.
The TV star took part in the fourth series of Dancing On Ice in 2009 and was the tenth contestant to be eliminated from the competition.
Coleen went on to credit Loose Women for being one of the most “diverse” programmes on television with women of “different ages, sizes and race”.
Girl Talk with Melanie Black is available to watch on YouTube.
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