Denise Welch appeared to divide Loose Women viewers today (November 30), as she raged over the government’s reintroduction of face masks.
The actress discussed the topic with her fellow panellists Ruth Langsford, Janet Street Porter and Coleen Nolan.
However, Denise soon descended into a rant.
Denise Welch on Loose Women
Face masks have been made mandatory again due to the rise of the Omicron COVID variant.
On the show, Denise promoted for the government to look into the current crisis surrounding mental health instead.
She said: “It comes from the mental health perspective. And the thing about masks is – I will die on the mental health hill, I will not die on the mask hill.
“All I’ve ever wanted to do is ask questions and have the questions be answered correctly. And one of my things about masks is, why are people saying now, ‘Well we shouldn’t have let the mask mandate go, we should have kept the mask mandate going completely.'”
Denise went on to explain that she gets her information from verified sources, including doctors and nurses.
The star added: “The dialogue I’ve had with medics – people think that I get my information from Joe from Facebook – I don’t.
“I actually speak a lot to lots of very, very important medical people and an infectious disease doctor.”
She continued: “We are already desperately trying to navigate around Covid protocol, which means stopping people being with their loved ones, being with them in ambulances.”
How did Loose Women viewers respond?
Denise prompted a mixed reaction from viewers at home.
Agreeing with the star, one tweeted: “Denise Welch talking sense… #LooseWomen #CommonSense.”
Another wrote: “Well said Denise you are so right! So so glad you are using your platform unlike others who are too afraid to say anything. Keep speaking out.”
A third shared: “I agree 100% with Denise!! We have a serious mental health problem all over and all ages… I grew up through the troubles and still live in northern Ireland, these lockdowns and restrictions, I feel are a lot harder than riots.”
@loosewomen @ITV I agree 100% with Denise!! We have a serious mental health problem all over and all ages… I grew up through the troubles and still live in northern Ireland, these lock downs and restrictions, I feel are alot harder than riots. #mentalhealth #mindmatters #help
— Rachel k (@Rachel19850249) November 30, 2021
— M@ri@ (@twwwitterrrr) November 30, 2021
Well bloody said Denise!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 #LooseWomen
— Katie Middleton 💙 (@katielucyxox) November 30, 2021
— DD (@SlimDD) November 30, 2021
Denise Welch needs to try for Chris Wittys job seeing as she knows it all🙄 #loosewomen
— Deni D (@DeniDavies) November 30, 2021
If Denise didn't shout and so get angry. More people would listen to her. She rubs people up the wrong way. #LooseWomen
— Davies (@hayleydavies121) November 30, 2021
I wonder why Denise got her medical and microbiology degrees? #LooseWomen
— Sara 💙 (@Mabel_Mouse_) November 30, 2021
@loosewomen @ITV you're gonna have to start having a word with Denise or at least fact checking her in real-time. Some of the comments she has made throughout the pandemic on your show have been irresponsible at best#LooseWomen
— Sky Black (@LivelyLot) November 30, 2021
I’m so angry that Denise Welch has been allowed significant air time to rant against face coverings/masks without being fact checked or having a qualified professional given equal air time on the show to put the case for masks. Dangerous & shameful. @ITV #loosewomen @loosewomen
— Teresa Elliott (@TeresaaaE) November 30, 2021
Denise angers some viewers
A fourth commented: “@loosewomen I agree 100% with Denise Welch on her opinion of COVID and mask wearing, I think the whole thing is political and has been hyped up out of all proportion. Plus people who suffer from asthma cannot breathe properly with the mask on.”
However, others shared a very different view.
One posted: “I’m so angry that Denise Welch has been allowed significant air time to rant against face coverings/masks without being fact checked or having a qualified professional given equal air time on the show to put the case for masks. Dangerous & shameful @ITV.”
Dangerous and shameful
A second complained: “@loosewomen @ITV you’re gonna have to start having a word with Denise or at least fact checking her in real-time. Some of the comments she has made throughout the pandemic on your show have been irresponsible at best.”
A third raged: “Denise Welch is an absolute idiot… masks clearly do help as we have been told by scientists. Didn’t realise you were a scientist. #LooseWomen.”
Another stated: “Denise Welch needs to try for Chris Witty’s job seeing as she knows it all #LooseWomen.”
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