Earlier this month, it emerged that Saira, 50, had decided to quit Loose Women after five years.
The former Apprentice star explained that she wished to ‘pursue other life experiences’, as she felt she had ‘nothing left to share’ on the ITV programme.
While she may stay in touch with some of her fellow Loose Women panelists, there are others who the TV personality acknowledges she didn’t have close friendships with.
During a recent appearance on Scott McGlynn’s IGTV series Celebrity Skin Talk, Saira was asked about whether she’ll stay in contact with her fellow presenters.
‘Look – you make friends with some people, you tolerate some people and some people you just have to do a job with,’ she responded.
Saira has been on Loose Women for five years (Picture: Ken McKay/ITV/REX/Shutterstock)
‘I’m not going to go into the nitty gritty there now but there are some friends, there are some people that I will be close to because we share, because we get each other, and there are some people that I really just don’t miss at all. It’s like – I just had to tolerate you to do the job.’
Saira added that it’s important to remain ‘professional’ regardless of how you feel about your colleagues.
‘You can’t pretend that everyone’s going to be your best friend,’ she stated.
‘Especially on a show where you have opinions, you’re not going to tolerate everybody’s opinion.
‘I think that’s fine, that’s not a problem. But you just have to do it with respect and you have to be able to be open-minded.’
Scott and Saira chat about her decision to leave Loose Women (Picture: Instagram/@scottmcglynnofficial)
Saira recalled some occasions on Loose Women when she would go into an episode holding a fixed view on a certain topic, which she would question after having an open-minded discussion with her peers.
‘I think sometimes on that show, in fact most of the time, I’d go in with a certain opinion and someone would say something and I’d think, “I never saw it from that point of view.”’ she said.
During her discussion with Scott, Saira also stressed the importance of diversity on TV.
‘I really do hope that they take my quest to see a member of the LGBT community on that panel. Somebody who is representative who can give a nice balanced debate and also to put stuff across from their point of view,’ Saira said.
‘I do think there’s a lot of daytime audience that need their minds opening up.’
Earlier this week, Saira celebrated the news of Charlene White being added to the Loose Women panel, writing in an Instagram caption: ‘If you can see it, you can be it. Congratulations @charlenewhite.’
Loose Women airs weekdays at 12.30pm on ITV.