Loose Women has confirmed Charlene White as the latest host to join the hit daytime TV program.
The ITV news presenter, who has made multiple guest appearances on the show in the past, was officially introduced as a lead anchor by co-host Nadia Sawalha on Monday’s show. White’s addition to the panel comes after the recent resignations of Saira Khan and Andrea McLean, who both departed to focus on other projects.
The 40-year-old journalist was given a warm welcome by Stacey Solomon and Nadia, who got the ball rolling with a montage of the ‘best bits’ of White’s appearances.
“I am officially a Loose Woman,” White declared proudly as she took her seat at the panel.
White, who made history as the first black woman to present ITV news in 2014, has been very open about her excitement for her upcoming role with her social media fans. The mum-of-two announced the news to her 19.7k Instagram followers yesterday with a stunning behind-the-scenes photo on her first day.
In the emotionally charged post, she thanked all her supporters over the years and emphasized her delight at this new challenge. “It felt great walking onto that set today for the big unveiling,” she wrote.
The trailblazing anchor, who has been vocal about the need for diversity in the media, took the opportunity to celebrate her identity as a black woman. She revealed she walked out of the studio listening to “Made it Back” by Beverley Knight, who is one of her favorite black British female artists.
She also credited the Loose Women stylists for dressing her in two independent black designers, Shollyjaay and Lylo.
The news has been well-received on social media, with many people congratulating White on her achievement. Others commended her addition as a sign of progress for black women in the media.
“I am so thrilled and it is an honor to see another strong woman of color appear on daytime mainstream TV. Times are slowing changing for the better,” one Twitter user commented.