Loose Women’s Saira Khan slams Channel 5 for using picture of Claire King instead of her for In Therapy show
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Saira Khan has furiously hit out at Channel 5 after they used the wrong image to list her episode of In Therapy.
The 50 year old was the latest celebrity to undergo therapy sessions for the series, addressing traumatic episodes of life in front of the public with a qualified counsellor.
But as the show was uploaded onto the channel's on demand player My5, Saira was left outraged when they instead shared a photo of Emmerdale star Claire King alongside her episode's listing.
Taking to Instagram to share the mishap with her 80,000 followers, the Loose Women panellist wrote: "his is absolutely disgusting and an offence.
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"@channel5_tv you have put the incorrect photo against my name on your website highlighting my very deep and personal 'In Therapy' show, which was shown last night on the Channel.
"This is clumsy and very embarrassing. Please correct this mistake immediately. You managed to get all the other celebrities names and faces aligned. The one woman of colour on the show and you 'f**k it up'.
"I bring colour into this debate, because when you have seen and been a victim of blatant racism, discrimination and ignorance in the media industry based on the colour of your skin, THESE kind of mistakes do not sit lightly. They feed into your insecurities, your self worth, your confidence and self belief.
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"This has happened to me so many times, I get called the wrong name, accidentally missed of, mixed up with other Asian celebrities because we look the same!
"Stop these 'accidental mistakes' until you go through the continual embarrassment – you can never appreciate or understand my upset and disappointment.
"For those of you using my mention of 'colour' stop looking to say I'm using RACE as a weapon! Try and understand why this mistake would anger someone who had repeatedly had to put up with these 'mistakes'.
"I know a friend of mine who is white – she experienced the same thing on a show and wondered if she was 'missed off' because of her age and whether she was still relevant or not.
"So yes, when these mistakes occur repeatedly one starts to relate it to age, race, etc. It's a natural thing to do. A mistake is not a mistake if it keeps happening repeatedly to the same person. Very, very disappointed!"
Saira later returned to show that the mistake had been altered, and that her image had replaced that of Claire.
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She thanked Channel 5 for making the correction, while a spokesman for the channel said: "This was a technical fault between My5 and Channel5.com.
"The image in the system failed to update and reverted back to the most recent image used for that specific series.
"This has now been rectified and the correct image has been uploaded for Saira's episode. We sincerely apologise for any offence caused."
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