12/03/2012 08:17 GMT | Updated 17/03/2012 21:09 GMT

Ruby Wax Hits Out At 'Grotesque' And 'Abhorrent' 'Loose Women'

Comedienne Ruby Wax is not known for mincing her words, and the Loose Women have just felt the sharp end of her tongue.

The US star has unleashed a tirade against the lunchtime chat show, labelling the programme "abhorrent" and its hosts "grotesque", claiming they are obsessed with their toyboys.

She told The People: "That show is abhorrent. All the ­presenters do is go on about their toyboys like old cronies and I am like: 'You are grotesque.' I'’m sorry, but it is."

Her rant comes after 53-year-old Denise Welch recently went public with new love 39-year-old Lincoln Townley, after splitting with her husband Tim Healy.

Fellow panelist Carol McGiffin, 52, is also engaged to a man 22 years younger than her.

Ruby's rage for the ITV1 show didn't stop there as she called for more intelligent women to be on the box.

"Panel shows these days are so aggressive," she said. "To me, they are an extension of men peeing and seeing who can last the longest."

Ruby's comments will do little to help the mounting tension on the show, as it has emerged former journalist Janet Street Porter and Denise will not sit on the panel together because of a personality clash.

"Janet considers herself to be a feminist intellectual while Denise is a salt-of-the-earth northern lass who really enjoys letting her hair down. They have got absolutely nothing in common and would rather have nothing to do with each other," a source told The Mirror.

It was also reported over the weekend, that Denise's ex husband has also found a new love, after announcing their separation last month.

According to The People, Denise was overheard telling friends at a party: "Tim's got a new girlfriend. We talk all the time. He is very happy and the kids are absolutely fine."


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