LOOSE Women star Denise Welch has broken her silence on rumours of a "backstage feud" with her co-stars.
Denise, who has been on the ITV chat show since 2005, said she has never fallen out with any of her co-stars, despite getting into fiery debates live on-air.
The TV favourite, 64, admitted that because she and her fellow panel members are "set in their ways", they often clash on certain topics.
Denying rumours of a rift, Denise exclusively told The Sun: "I'm not afraid to be passionate and committed about something, we all have different views, we're great friends.
"I do get upset that people are trying to make out that we're always in some backstage feud.
"I haven't fallen out with any of them in 20 years – but we have very feisty debates."
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Denise added: " It's a show that encourages and appreciates older women, so we're all going to be a bit set in our ways because we all have our own opinions."
Throughout the Covid pandemic, Denise spoke passionately about the effects lockdown had on mental health.
She often clashed with her co-stars when the topic came up on the daytime programme.
Last June, Denise got into a heated debated with Loose Women host Kaye Adams, 60, and even called for "a bit of anarchy".
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Denise previously took umbrage at the idea that Covid was the most serious health crisis facing the UK.
She also clashed with her co-stars when it came to Covid restrictions – shouting at Gloria Hunniford.
However, the Hollyoaks star has defended her reaction, saying she was "committed" to sharing her opinion on the matter.
"I was very committed to the fact that I felt that some of the restrictions were totally going to rob people of work and life," Denise said at the Dirty Dancing Gala.
"I'm a mental health campaigner and it's proven that making it a Covid only NHS, now we're suffering the consequences of it."
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