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Loose Women confirms format change for special episode

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Loose Women confirms format change for specialITV

Loose Women will switch things up for an upcoming special by welcoming men to their show.

ITV's lunchtime programme, which has been on air since 1999, will feature Love Island's Iain Stirling and Good Morning Britain's Richard Madeley, who will join regulars Judi Love and Denise Welch in the studio for one day only.

The special, titled Loose Women & Men, will air on September 14 and will see the panel debate and discuss the day's hottest topics.

Speaking ahead of the special, Welch promised a fun day filled with laughs and cross-generational conversations.

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"We're delighted to be able to mix it up with a special Loose Women & Men episode. It'll be a hoot with us all on a panel together!" Welch said in a statement.

"Richard and Iain are two generations of the modern man and we can't wait to hear their takes on some classic Loose topics in the studio."

Stirling, Love Island's resident narrator, will take a break from the villa shenanigans next spring to go on tour with his stand-up show, 'Relevant Tour'.

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Fret not though, as the move is not expected to be permanent.

ITV recently denied rumours that the winter edition of the reality show had been scrapped, and confirmed that Love Island would return, with a twist - An All Stars season is set to hit the South African villa in 2024.

In the meantime, Stirling has been busy with more Love Island across the pond as he also narrated the US version of the dating show, whose season 5 concluded on August 27.

Loose Women & Men will air on Thursday, September 14 from 12.30pm on ITV1 & ITVX.

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