Coleen Nolan breaks down in tears as she receives standing ovation upon return to Loose Women for first time since Kim Woodburn row

Coleen Nolan breaks down in tears as she receives standing ovation upon return to Loose Women for first time since Kim Woodburn row

COLEEN Nolan made an emotional return to Loose Women this week three months after she was accused of "bullying" Kim Woodburn live on-air.

The 53-year-old took a break from the ITV talk show in early September after an argument with her ex-Celebrity Big Brother housemate sparked a campaign of abuse from online trolls.

Nolan, who has featured on the panel since 2000, was welcomed back by co-anchors Jane Moore, Ruth Langsford and Janet Street Porter as the audience stood to applaud.

To chants of her name, a tearful Coleen responded: "Stop now, don't make me cry!"

Once the applause died down, the former popstar added: "That was very nice. Don't make me cry. Everyone's been great and it's like coming home. It's so Christmassy!"

Coleen, 53, was touched by the reaction to her long-awaited Loose Women return (Image: ITV)

Coleen has since opened up about the effects of her row with How Clean Is Your House star Kim, 76, earlier this year – which received thousands of complaints from viewers.

The mum-of-three received death threats and was even the subject of an online petition to be sacked that gained over 25,000 signatures.

She told the Daily Mirror: "I must have cried for ten days after deciding to take a break, and I am someone who doesn’t cry easily.

"But I think I’ve come out stronger".

Of the Twitter reaction, Coleen continued: "It’s just horrendous. They almost think they have a right because you are in the public eye.

"At the time I thought, ‘I don’t know how to deal with this’ and that brought to the surface everything I was trying to deal with".

Kim, 76, branded Nolan a 'piece of filth' and 'lying trash' in late August (Image: ITV)

Coleen has recently split with second husband Ray, and has been supporting sister Linda through her cancer battle after they lost elder sister Bernie to the same disease in 2013.

She added: "I was trying to get my divorce sorted and sell my house. I was grieving for Bernie and Linda’s secondary cancer diagnosis."

Fans originally thought Coleen and Kim were going to make up when they appeared together on Loose Women in August, having originally fallen out in the wake of CBB 2017.

But Kim ended up calling Coleen "lying trash" and a "piece of filth" before storming off the set.

ITV received more than 3,000 complaints over the treatment of Kim on the show and demands that Coleen lost her job.

A devastated Coleen broke down in tears the following week during an interview on This Morning and announced she would be stepping down from the ITV daytime show after being trolled.