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Monday 20 August 2018

Judy makes 'loose' plan for return to TV

Former This Morning presenter Judy Finnigan is returning to TV after signing up to become a regular panellist on ITV's Loose Women.

Also joining the panel for the new series beginning next week are Penny Lancaster - the photographer wife of singer Rod Stewart ­- and veteran broadcaster Gloria Hunniford

And former X Factor judge Sharon Osbourne will also make a comeback as a guest co-host of the afternoon show.

Finnigan (66) has been largely off screen since her chat show on a digital channel with husband Richard Madeley ended five years ago.

Regulars Now she will join the team of regulars - which includes Andrea McLean, Ruth Langsford, Coleen Nolan and Janet Street Porter - when the 19th series starts on Monday.

"I know I said I wouldn't go back on the telly, but actually I'm looking forward to occasionally contributing to lively conversations between a group of outspoken and intelligent women," Finnigan said

Former X Factor judge Osbourne added: "The last time I was a Loose Woman earlier this year I had such a ball with the other panellists and the audience that I can't wait to do it again. It's refreshing to be able to talk about real issues with other women while having a great laugh."

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