IT may sound bizarre, but Sir Ian McKellen could be joining the Loose Women panel.
The ITV chat show, hosted by the likes of Sherrie Hewson, Coleen Nolan and Andrea McLean, has decided to update the format and add men to the panel.
The first Loose Women & Men aired yesterday with Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood and singer Peter Andre and will become a regular feature if successful.
Loose Women’s editor Sally Shelford told The Mirror: “Many of the male guests who come on the show believe they can give our panellists a run for their money.
“Now we are giving them the chance to put their money where their mouth is and see whether they can hack it in the Loose Women hot seat.”
Other male celebrities set to become guest panellists in the future include Sir Ian, who grew up in Wigan, Piers Morgan and Paddy McGuinness.
Many of the male guests who come on the show believe they can give our panellists a run for their moneySally Shelford
Meanwhile, Wigan resident Sherrie Hewson broke down in tears whilst speaking on the show this week.
The 65-year-old was opening up about her ex-husband at the time and was overcome with emotion as she revealed that he “violated” her on many occasions. But she stressed that the ex was NOT her most recent husband Ken Boyd, but a man she married when she was much younger.
She said: “I was in this really aggressive relationship and I was so frightened.
“For some reason, I married this man. It’s ridiculous and I’m ashamed when I look now, but I did marry him.
“In this so called marriage, I was violated many times. And I didn’t have the power to do anything and had nobody to turn to.”
Sherrie revealed that there was one incident in public where the police were finally called. However, they refused to help her: “They simply said ‘They’re married’. Then they walked away and left me. When that happened, I just ran. I ran out into the road and over to a car. I remember banging on this car window, getting in and telling the woman driving ‘put your foot down’. She did and we drove off. This guy should have been prosecuted for what he did. Today perhaps he would have been. But he’s dead now.”