Loose Women favourite Sherrie Hewson talks about the reason behind her shock exit from the popular ITV daytime show.

Loose Women’s longest-serving panel member, Sherrie Hewson, shocked viewers when she announced she was leaving the ITV daytime show live on air recently. Following the news of her departure, Sherrie has revealed that she’s left the show to go on a “Hollywood adventure”.

“I had a chance to go to Hollywood early in my career but I turned it down and I always wondered whether I’d done the right thing,” Sherrie told The Mirror.

“I have a friend who’s a casting director in LA and he sent me an email saying I’d be perfect for work over there now.

“He said they love British actresses who are older as we can still move our faces.

“Acting has always been my passion and I take it really seriously, so I think it’s time for me to go back to that full time.”

Sherrie has a had a long career as an actress, starring in Coronation Street, Emmerdale and Russ Abbot’s Saturday Madhouse. More recently she has appeared in Benidorm and can be seen next in the revival of the classic BBC sitcom Are You Being Served?

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Sherrie in Coronation Street

The 65-year-old said: “With all the things that had happened to me, I kind of let the acting go a bit. Loose Women became my life.

“That wasn’t good because what I am is an actress, that’s what I do for a living – and I’d let it slip through my fingers. That disturbed me a lot.”

Sherrie said she took inspiration from actresses such as Betty White, 94.

“She’s still out there, she’s proof we can all do it,” she said.

“How exciting is that at my age to think I could still be having a Hollywood adventure?”

Sherrie has spent the last 14 years as a panellist on Loose Women. During that time she’s been through divorce, hair loss and bankruptcy.

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Sherrie with her Loose Women panellists

In an emotional speech live on ITV she thanked her fellow Loose Women panellists for helping her through the difficult times.

The 65-year-old said: “I’ve told as much as I’m sure you all want to hear. So I’m going to be leaving Loose Women because it’s kind of time, I’ve said everything there is… so I’m leaving this seat so somebody else now can sit on this seat for 14 years and tell all their stories.”

Sherrie’s final appearance on Loose Women will be on Monday, September 5.

Loose Women is broadcast weekdays on ITV at 12.30pm.