Vicky Pattison dropped from Loose Women over partying ways - report
The 28-year-old ex Geordie Shore star, who was crowned queen of the jungle on I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! last year (15), had joined the panel of the ITV lunchtime show in January (16), but became a regular panellist three months ago.
However, it has now been revealed that Vicky has been dropped from the programme, with bosses apparently concerned that her regular nights out drinking had been negatively affecting her Loose Women appearances.
"Vicky has been dropped from the Loose Women line-up in time for the start of the new series this week," a television insider told The Sun newspaper. "She’s a real party animal and seemed much more focused on nights out, which could sometimes impact her commitment to the show.
"It’s a real shame because this was a huge opportunity for her to use her popularity from I’m A Celebrity to develop a career."
However, sources close to Vicky insisted that it was her decision to leave. While Vicky's involvement in the show was aimed to attract a younger audience, insiders said that Vicky opted not to join the programme full-time because she believes she's too young to join a show that is so clearly aimed at a more mature audience.
"Vicky is young and the show is aimed at an older audience," the source added to The Sun. "Her diary has been jam packed ever since she left the jungle but Loose Women was too good an opportunity to turn down.
"However, it's a full time job and with her diary the way it is, Vicky was finding it increasingly hard to fit it in and devote her full attention to it."
The insider also revealed a potential return could happen at some point in the future, adding: "Producers have assured her that the door is always open."
A spokesperson for Vicky denied the star's partying was to blame for her being dropped from the programme, telling Cover Media: "Vicky was only ever contracted to Loose Women until the end of August (16). She has some hugely exciting projects coming up, which have made it impossible for her to carry on as a panellist for now. Vicky loved her time on the show and is hugely grateful for the opportunity."
- Cover Media