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Loose Women cancelled on International Women's Day – here's why

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Gemma Strong
Online Digital News Director
March 8, 2017
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Bad news for Loose Women fans. Wednesday's show has been cancelled to make way for an ITV News budget special, and viewers are not happy - especially given that it coincides with International Women’s Day. At the end of Tuesday’s show, host Ruth Langsford confirmed that the Chancellor's first budget announcement would be taking priority, and that the panel would be back on Thursday, joined by Gok Wan. Her announcement was meant by groans from the audience, and disgruntled supporters soon took to Twitter to air their discontent.

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Ruth Langsford confirmed Loose Women was making way for the chancellor's budget announcement

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Several stated that they would "much rather" watch Loose Women than the politics. "Loose Women isn't on tomorrow, what am I going to do?" one viewer tweeted. Another questioned: "Why is ITV News more important than Loose Women?" Delivering the news, Ruth said: "Just to remind you we're not here tomorrow because of an ITV News budget special. I know, I'm sorry. But the good news is we are back on Thursday, and Gok Wan will be here. Have a great afternoon. See you Thursday." On Wednesday morning, the Loose Women Twitter account confirmed: "Morning! We are NOT on TV today because of the budget. But we will be back tomorrow!"

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Tina Malone appearaed on Tuesday's episode to talk about body shaming

Tuesday's episode of Loose Women saw Tina Malone open up about her experience of being body shamed following her 12.5 stone weight loss. The 54-year-old broke down in tears as she revealed she had been targeted by trolls over recent bikini photos showing her excess skin. Tina also spoke about the impact the jibes had had on her family, in particular her mother Olwyn, who was in the audience. "I saw the pictures and all the wrinkles and it knocked me sick," she admitted. "My mum is 78, she doesn't need to upset." Mum Olwyn admitted she had struggled to cope with the comments. "I can't take it. It upsets me terribly," she said. "I'm on medication because I am so upset. It's so cruel."

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