Loose Women: Stacey and panel debate newsreader’s shorts
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Stacey Solomon and her fellow Loose Women co-stars found themselves at loggerheads during a tense discussion during today’s episode. The panellists clashed while discussing BBC News anchor Shaun Ley’s decision to wear shorts, live on air.
Why does what you’re wearing make you less credible?
Stacey, 31, is no stranger when it comes to standing up for her beliefs on the hit ITV show and today was no different.
The star and panellists Kaye Adams, 58, Jane Moore, 59, and Carol McGiffin, 61, discussed Shaun, who came under fire after it emerged he was wearing shorts while fronting the 11pm news on Wednesday, the hottest day of the year.
In keeping with BBC’s regular dress, Shaun’s upper half was smartly dressed, wearing a white shirt with a blue tie, paired with a black blazer.
However, a camera shot of the entire studio left Shaun’s lower half exposed, showcasing his bare legs while wearing a pair of shorts and a pair of dock shoes.
Many viewers instantly took to social media after the awkward moment to discuss Shaun’s attire.
Stacey leapt to Shaun’s defence, saying that wardrobe choice shouldn’t matter if it doesn’t affect your ability to work.
She said: “Regardless of what you wear if somebody else walks in and goes, ‘What you’re wearing makes me feel like you’re less able to do your job’ that’s their problem.”
Moments after Stacey’s statement, Kaye interjected, adding: “Yeah but if your job is to do X, Y and Z and what you’re wearing makes you less credible, then that is a problem, isn’t it?”
Clearly enraged by Kaye’s comment, Stacey quipped: “But why does what you’re wearing make you less credible?”
Carol, who is known for not holding back, exclaimed: “Well it’s a distraction, isn’t it?!”
Stacey instantly added: “But why does wearing something make you more or less credible? It’s weird!”
Acknowledging the awkward camera moment, Carol responded: “But they’re showing the fact the guy’s wearing shorts reading the news with a jacket and tie on, and it just looks ridiculous.”
“If the shorts were tailored would that make him more credible?” joked Stacey.
Shortly after the heated exchange, viewers of the hit ITV show instantly took to social media to share their thoughts on the matter.
“Stacey Solomon is the only one who ever speaks sense on Loose Women. It’s crazy,” tweeted one fan.
While a second added: “@StaceySolomon well said on Loose Women today! We have been conditioned to care what people wear and look like!”
Before a third said: “@StaceySolomon well said on @loosewomen, would a woman be seen as less credible wearing callots, shorts or a skirt themselves? News reporters on location, wear a variety of things, as well as, shorts.”(sic)
Many viewers praised Shaun on Wednesday when temperatures reached highs of 28C.
“It’s hot today in London (where Broadcasting House, which is where their newsroom, is located), that’s why he’s wearing shorts,” tweeted one viewer.
While second added: “As a kid, I always thought newscasters weren’t wearing much from the waist down, I now have proof. @bbcnews shorts.”
“Must be warm in the @BBCNews studio, Shaun Ley wearing shorts – behind a desk maybe but come on #bbcnews #thepapers.”
Loose Women airs weekdays from 12:30pm on ITV.
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