Andrea McLean snubs Loose Women to join Steph McGovern on rival Packed Lunch

Loose Women announce farewell show for Andrea McLean

Steph McGovern was joined by a host of guests on Channel 4’s Steph’s Packed Lunch today including TV presenter Andrea McLean. The former Loose Women host discussed her reasons for leaving the ITV show, which airs at the same time as Packed Lunch, as she revealed the Loose Women team “don’t know” she joined the rival show today for an interview. 

Andrea explained: “Obviously it was all I had ever known for such a long time considering I didn’t plan to come into telly. 

“I moved to London when I was 24 with literally everything I owned in the backseat of a car. 

“Slept on floors and worked for free so I could become a journalist. 

“Fell into TV, found this whole world that I absolutely loved and did it for 20 odd years.”

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“But for me, the pandemic changed everything in terms of my attitude,” Andrea continued. 

“I always wanted to do something like this but I was always waiting for the right time.

“And I thought there are people that are way smarter than me, made all these plans for 2020 and they didn’t know that that wasn’t the right time. 

“So there’s no such thing as the right time so why not just jump and hope that it works.”

“It was a hard decision to leave behind something that was everything I knew,” the TV presenter shared.

“But you don’t ever properly leave people, you still keep in touch.”

“So do you still keep in touch with everyone?” Steph asked. 

“Yes, of course,” the former Loose Women presenter replied.

“Are they not annoyed with you for being on this today?” Steph asked.

“They don’t know,” Andrea admitted. “I’m too scared to look at my phone.”

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