Loose Women in chaos as two huge stars ‘row with ITV bosses’

‘Things have got pretty tense,’ a source claimed (Picture: Ken McKay/ITV/Shutterstock)

Two of the biggest stars of Loose Women are become embroiled in a disagreement with ITV, it’s been reported.

Jane Moore first started working on the daytime programme in 1999, while Janet Street-Porter has been on the show for more than a decade, since 2011.

However, it’s been alleged that both of the presenters are currently at odds with the broadcaster, following a row over their tax status.

These claims come after Carol McGiffin quit the series in a dramatic exit last year over a contract dispute.

According to MailOnline, Jane and Janet have informed ITV bosses that they won’t be returning to their roles on Loose Women after they were asked to sign contracts saying that they were permanent employees of the broadcaster, as opposed to freelance journalists.

However, Metro.co.uk understands that Jane is due to return to the Loose Women panel soon, while Janet has been on the programme in January this year.

A source told the publication: ‘Jane and Janet are furious. They have done such a lot for that show and they love it – but… they do different work across different companies and, as journalists, value their independent status.

Janet has been on the show for more than a decade (Picture: Ken McKay/ITV/Shutterstock)

Jane first appeared on Loose Women in 1999 (Picture: S Meddle/ITV/Shutterstock)

‘Things have got pretty tense. If it carries on, there might be a big change to the line-up.’

The dispute is reported to have been around ITV’s new PAYE-only contracts policy, which is said to have been in response to rules set out by HMRC (HM Revenue & Customs) about off-payroll work.

These rules stipulate that freelancers should pay around the same amount of income tax and National Insurance as employees.

According to the publication, sources claim that the contracts do not offer the ITV stars holiday, sick pay or pension.

Carol left the show last year (Picture: Ken McKay/ITV/Shutterstock)

They’re also said to prevent them from pursuing certain work opportunities.

In a statement sent to Metro.co.uk, an ITV spokesperson said: ‘We don’t comment on individual cases but ITV ensures that it complies with and follows all HMRC guidance and legislation.’

When Carol quit Loose Women last year, she accused the programme of ‘forcing woke views down people’s throats’.

Appearing on GB News to address her absence from the show, she said: ‘Well put it this way, reading all the comments from the article at the weekend there are a lot of people who think the programme has gone very, very woke.’

She continued: ‘You just don’t have to keep forcing this stuff down peoples’ throats. It’s not just ITV, the BBC is probably worse actually.’

Metro.co.uk has contacted representatives for Jane Moore and Janet Street-Porter for comment.

Loose Women airs weekdays from 12.30pm on ITV.

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