Andrea McLean says former co-star Denise Welch got her a new role after Loose Women exit

Andrea McLean quit Loose Women in December 2020 after 13 years on the popular daytime show. The ITV star has since shared her former co-star and pal, Denise Welch, 63, put her name forward for a new opportunity.

The mum-of-two had recently teamed up with UNICEF to support the refugee crisis which has plagued Ukraine.

The former Loose Women host explained that it was through Denise she was able to secure a hosting role at an event that was aimed to raise funds for those affected by the war in Ukraine.

Speaking about the event, Andrea said: “To be honest, it came about because of my lovely friend Denise [Welch].

“She obviously has a lot of contacts in the theatre world and the acting world.”

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Andrea went on: “She was speaking to a producer friend of hers about it and she couldn’t host [the show] because she was speaking to them from LA.

So she said, ‘I can’t do this but I know someone who can.’ And passed on my details. That was the first I had heard of it.

“I spoke to the producer and said, ‘Yes what do you want me to do?'”

Denise and Andrea have worked alongside each other on the ITV panel show for a number of years and are also friends outside of the programme.

As the conflict in Ukraine continues to escalate, millions of children and their families have been forced to flee their homes and seek refuge in neighbouring European countries.

UNICEF is calling for an immediate ceasefire and aims to support the most vulnerable children and families.

Some of their work includes providing families with access to clean water, healthy food, delivering life-saving supplies, safe spaces for mothers and children, and providing protection for unaccompanied children or those separated from their family members.

Speaking about the event, Andrea said: “What’s great news is that it’s sold out. And it’s sold out in Eastbourne.

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