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Loose Men viewers praise spin-off as they call for show to be made permanent

Today’s Loose Women spin-ff, Loose Men, went down a storm with viewers who have demanded it become a permanent weekly fixture on ITV.

Richard Madeley, Martin Kemp, Jordan Banjo and Robert Rinder did a takeover to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week, encouraging viewers to speak out about some of the issues men face including bullying, male body confidence and relationships.

Richard Madeley, 65, chaired the show and no topic was off-limits.

He recalled being bullied at school and how his nose is still out of joint after being broken during one particularly nasty episode.

But Richard also said that the bullying had made him stronger and helped him stand up to the “plenty of bullies in journalism” he came across.

Jordan Banjo, one of the dancers from Diversity, then touched on body confidence and revealed that at 16 he weighed nearly 23 stone and “felt like a fraud’ in the biggest dance group in the country.

Rinder spoke about how social media can be a type of “halitosis for the soul” and urged men to ignore the “false narrative” of it.

Despite the sombre tone of the show, fans lavished it with praise as one viewer tweeted “#loosemen should be weekly. A Friday every week. A bit of a jazz up of the show”.

Another added: “I love how open and honest #LooseMen are on tackling issues such as suicide and bullying. It’s refreshing to see men speaking about their feelings in an honest and frank way."

A third fan commented: “Never in the history of #loosewomen has there been a more harmonious, peaceful and quiet panel who respect each other. Loose women is a bunch of banshees yelling over each other!”

To add a bit of light relief to proceedings the lads also discussed whether or not flirting should be classed as cheating and what they thought of the current trend of men wearing women’s clothes – like Harry Styles.

To add a bit of light relief to proceedings the lads also discussed whether or not flirting should be classed as cheating and what they thought of the current trend of men wearing women’s clothes – like Harry Styles.

Jordan, 28, said when it comes to flirting he would never say anything to a woman he wouldn’t say in front of his fiance while Rinder, 42, said finding other people attractive if you’re in a relationship is fine as its “not a thought crime”.

When discussing daring fashion choices, Martin, 59, recalled his wild Spandau Ballet days when he “dressed to shock” and that it was misinformed to call Harry Styles “courageous” as it had all been done before.

Rinder admitted he would quite like to carry a handbag around but was worried it wouldn’t be big enough for all his bits.

They finished off the show about debating whether or not they would wear male Spanx.

Loose Women airs weekdays at 12.30pm on ITV

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