Absence of Loose Women panelist raises concern


Stacey Solomon has raised concerns after being missing from a photo released by ITV celebrating all of their female presenters.

To mark International Women’s Day on Tuesday March 8, all of the ITV Daytime presenters joined together for a photo.

However, there were three notable absences: Stacey Solomon, Judi Love and Carol McGiffin weren’t pictured.

As fans wondered where the presenters were, ITV clarified to ED! exactly why they were missing – and that’s a very innocent explanation.

There were some notable absences from the International Women’s Day photo. (ITV/Amy Brammall)

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Where was Stacey Solomon?

Holly Willoughby posted the image on her Instagram. She said what an “amazing” feeling it was to be in the picture.

However, fans immediately commented that there were notable absences from the photo.

Loose Women regulars Carol McGiffin, Judi Love and Stacey Solomon weren’t in on it.

“Why not Stacey?” questioned one.

Another added: “Where is Stacey Solomon, is she okay?”

A third wrote: “Carol? Stacey? Judi?

“I love it, but where are Judy, Carol and Stacey?” someone else asked.

Many others simply asked, “Where’s Stacey?” and “Is Stacey okay?”

Stacey Solomon is a much-loved loose woman
Stacey Solomon is a much-loved Loose Woman (Credit: ITV)

What did ITV say?

In fact, there’s nothing to worry about that the filming of the promo simply took place while Stacey was on maternity leave.

And Judi and Carol both had other commitments.

An ITV spokesperson told ED!: “Stacey was on maternity leave, Judi had other filming commitments and Carol had a pre-booked vacation while filming the promo.”

Stacey Solomon will return to Loose Women next week
Stacey Solomon will return to Loose Women next week. (ITV)

When is Stacey Solomon returning to Loose Women?

Stacey returns to screens next week.

Stacey gave birth to baby Rose last year in October. She has since taken time away from the ITV show to look after her little one.

However, she is expected to resume her spot on the Loose Women panel the week of February 28. Kaye Adams confirmed the news on Friday’s show.

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Why was the photo posted?

Photographer Amy Brammall took the photo to mark International Women’s Day.

The images celebrate the “presenting power of female hosts” of ITV shows.

The women include one of the first female animators in Gloria Hunniford. Also in the mix is ​​the University of Dundee’s first female rector, Lorraine Kelly.

Emma Gormley, Managing Director of ITV Daytime, said: “I am beyond proud to work alongside this incredible group of women.

“Both individually and collectively [they] have amassed an incredible array of broadcasting accomplishments.

“Their experience and expertise in front of the camera is unparalleled and this year’s International Women’s Day is the perfect opportunity to celebrate them all.”

ITV Daytime presenters celebrate International Women’s Day. Watch them on weekdays from 6am on ITV

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