She appeared in over 1000 episodes and was last featured on the show in 2013.
And Carol McGiffin has now been confirmed to be making a surprise return to Loose Women after almost five years away, as Friday’s panel revealed at the top of the show.
The 58-year-old’s return will come less than a year after she joined Denise Welch in slamming the show for leaving them out of an 18th anniversary celebration, taking to Twitter in a series of posts to furiously criticise producers.
She’s back! Carol McGiffin will make a surprise return to the Loose Women panel next week after five years away, as the stars confirmed on Friday’s show
The news was confirmed by the show’s panellists Nadia Sawalha, Stacey Solomon, Jane Moore and a returning Denise Welch, saying Carol would be reprising her place on the panel next week.
Denise added that she had been texting Carol about the much-anticipated moment, adding that she ‘couldn’t wait to come back.’
Speaking after the show Carol said: ‘Almost exactly five years ago I did my last show on Loose Women, and I have to admit I’ve really missed it – in more ways than one! – so I’m absolutely delighted to be back on the show next week.
‘I’m a bit nervous, but mostly I’m excited to be sitting behind that desk again with the girls, doing what I do best – talking rubbish!’
Delighted: Friday’s panel – including a returning Denise Welch – revealed that Carol was coming back to the show, with Denise saying she ‘couldn’t wait’
Thrilled: Carol will join Denise who also made a return to Loose Women in recent weeks
Since her last appearance on the show in 2013 Carol entered the Celebrity Big Brother house alongside fellow stars Bruce Jones, Courtney Stodden and eventual winner Charlotte Crosby.
In 2015 the ex-wife of Radio 2 presenter Chris Evans also revealed that she was battling breast cancer, and after undergoing radiotherapy had reconstructive surgery to restore her look.
And yet despite expressing her excitement to come back on the show, many fans may remember that Carol has never held back in expressing her disdain for the show she appeared on for ten years.
She took to social media in September to criticise the show for leaving her and Denise out of a video montage celebrating the 18th anniversary.
Back in the day: Carol first featured on Loose Women back in 2003 (above in 2005)
Legendary: The presenter was a mainstay on the panel for ten years until 2013, and appeared in over 1000 episodes
Tough time: Since her exit Carol revealed in 2015 that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer, and after radiotherapy underwent reconstructive surgery
Replying when asked by one fan if she was making an appearance on the anniversary edition, she wrote: ‘Don’t be daft Aaron, I only did 13 years and over 1,000 shows, why would I even be asked???!!!’
After another commented on her absence from the selected clips used to fill the episode, she added: ‘You’re not the only one who noticed….it’s not like they didn’t have a lot of material to choose from! #1,174shows’
Carol also didn’t hold back in making a snide remark towards panellist Andrea McLean last year after she was one of several Loose Women stars not invited to her wedding to businessman Nicky Feeny.
Opinionated: Carol’s return after she took to Twitter last September to slam the show for failing to recognise her in the show’s 18-year anniversary video montage
Brutal: Taking to Twitter she replied to a fan saying: ‘I only did 13 years and over 1,000 shows, why would I even be asked???!!!’
Writing in her column for Best magazine she said: ‘My old Loose Women mucker Andrea McLean got married last week, so congratulations to her and new husband Nick.
‘I’m ecstatic for them both, even though I wasn’t invited to the wedding…! She looked radiantly happy, as did he, so it’s all good.
‘What’s not good though, is that Andrea’s managed to squeeze in two weddings in less time that I’ve been engaged to Mark, which is a bit embarrassing to say the least!’
Savage: Carol also took a swipe at fellow panellist Andrea McLean, who failed to invite her to her wedding in December last year