Loose Women’s Judi Love reveals she was ’emotional’ after making history on show’s all-black panel

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Loose Women’s Judi Love reveals she was ‘so touching’ after making history as one of four all-black panel hosts for the first time in the show’s 20 years

Loose Women’s Judi Love has revealed that she remains’ so emotional ‘after being a part of the series’ first all-black panel in its 20-year history.

The comedian, 40, joined news anchor Charlene White, 40, actress Kéllé Bryan, 41, and singer Brenda Edwards, 51, for the landmark episode of the midday show of ITV in October, during Black History Month.

And in a new interview with PA, Judi explained that the weight of the moment had not been lost for her, while recalling the support she received from the public.

Emotional: Loose Women’s Judi Love revealed that she remained ‘so touching’ after being a part of the show’s first all-black panel in 20 years of history. Photographed in 2020

She said: “ Being a part of the performance story when it comes to having four black women, these incredibly talented women, has been such an emotional event.

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“ I was so moved because the fact that it was such a big thing in 2020 made me realize how so different it was and how it hadn’t been done …

“ And then it got me thinking of a lot of other women of color who’ve been in entertainment before me and missed things because it wasn’t seen as something viewers would watch, or it wasn’t. ‘was not even thought of because of demographics.

Following the episode, Judi revealed how she was inundated with an abundance of messages from fans, who told her, “Thanks, now my daughter or son has someone to watch and thinks they can do it. . “

History: She joined (LR top to bottom) Charlene White, Brenda Edwards and Kéllé Bryan for the historic episode of ITV's midday show in October, during Black History Month

History: She joined (LR top to bottom) Charlene White, Brenda Edwards and Kéllé Bryan for the historic episode of ITV’s midday show in October, during Black History Month

Judi continued, “ I don’t think people realize how much it affects someone’s dreams, or feel capable, when they don’t see someone who looks like them doing it and if that’s yours. ethnicity, if that’s your size. , whether it’s your cultural background, whether it’s your disability, whether it’s your sexuality, it really makes a difference in someone’s life.

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Viewers were left ‘gasping with excitement’ after ‘history has been made’ with four black presenters joining the panel for debates for the first time.

It came after ITV bosses found themselves at the center of a racial controversy when a single non-white anchor appeared on the channel for a day in October 2019.

Over the summer, the network’s television director, Kevin Lygo, pledged to improve minority representation within 12 months.

He said soap operas and dramas like Vera would be targeted, adding, “ We will have more lead presenters, lead actors on screen. There are not enough leads in dramas. What we need to work on.

Memorable moment: In a new interview with PA, Judi explained that the weight of the moment had not been lost on her, while recalling the support she received from the public.

Exciting: Viewers were left 'gasping for excitement' after 'history was made' with four black presenters joining the panel for debates for the first time

Memorable moment: In a new interview with PA, Judi explained that the weight of the moment had not been lost on her, while recalling the support she received from the public.

Their redesign follows ITV and its senior management being embarrassed after it was pointed out by The Mail on Sunday in October 2019 that there was only one non-white anchor on the network.

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The anchor in question was Nina Hossain, who hosts ITV’s noon news – a show that only lasts 24 minutes out of 18 hours of daily production.

A source from the channel said: ‘The bosses were irritated to see it in print, but it made the right change. Staff, shareholders and viewers took notice and the pressure to make the change was significant. And it seems to have worked.

This Morning, which is directed by Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield, is now hosted by Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary on Fridays.

Meanwhile, former Friday hosts Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford host the popular ITV daytime show during the holidays.

Performing: Judi said: 'To be a part of the story of representation when it comes to having four black women, these incredibly talented women, was such an emotional event.

Panelist: The actress and former singer of Eternal Kéllé joined the program from home

Representation: Judi said: ‘To be a part of the history of representation when it comes to having four black women, these incredibly talented women, was such an emotional event.

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