The presenters of Loose Women are reportedly threatening ‘mutiny’ after Kate Thornton and Zoe Tyler were given their marching orders from the show.

According to the Mirror the show’s regular stars including Lynda Bellingham and Carol McGiffin are furious that they were not given notice about the changes.

And the paper reports that the remaining presenters are threatening to reduce the number of hours they work when the show returns in the autumn.

“All the girls were pretty peeved about the way in which Kate and Zoe were handed their notice,” a source said.

“The women are, and were, a tightknit bunch. They didn’t feel change needed to be made in such a dramatic fashion.”

Carol Vorderman and former Coronation Street star Sally Lindsay are expected to join the lunchtime show amid concerns from the other presenters over how they will work together on screen.

“There is some concern that because they did not all screen test together, the chemistry will not be right,” the insider revealed.

“Things are tense at the moment as no-one feels their job is safe.”