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'big jump' Andrea McLean becomes tearful as she announces decision to quit Loose Women after 13 years

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Andrea became emotional on the programme as she announced she would be leaving.

Andrea became emotional on the programme as she announced she would be leaving.

Andrea became emotional on the programme as she announced she would be leaving.

ANDREA McLean is quitting Loose Women after 13 years on the show.

The presenter (51), who has previously spoken about having a breakdown last year, became emotional on the programme as she announced she would be leaving.

She told fellow panellists Linda Robson, Brenda Edwards and Saira Khan that the pandemic made her question "whether I want my life to go back to the normal that it was before".

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Andrea with the Loose Women panel

Andrea with the Loose Women panel

Andrea with the Loose Women panel

"Obviously last year I had a nervous breakdown and what I felt is that this year, collectively, the world has had a breakdown," she said.

"The experience I had has meant that this year I have actually been mentally really strong to deal with everything that the pandemic threw at all of us, but it made me stop and wonder what I actually want.

"You get one life. Are you living it the way you want? And are you doing everything that you want to do?

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"Are you being brave? Are you taking any chances? And I realised, no.

"It was a really, really big decision to jump and see if I fall or if I fly.

"I just thought, I will never know unless I try, so I am saying goodbye to Loose Women."

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