Saira Khan furious as ‘disgusting’ Channel 5 use picture of actress for her show

Saira Khan has slammed Channel 5 after they used a picture of Emmerdale actress Claire King to promote her In Therapy TV show.

The Loose Women panellist took to her Instagram account in fits of rage after clocking he mistake on the network's website.

Saira, 50, shared a screenshot of the advert for her episode which showed Claire King alongside Saira's name, a move which she says is "clumsy" and "disgusting".

A frustrated Saira penned: "This is absolutely disgusting and an offence. @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."

She went on to add: "This is clumsy and embarrassing," she fumed. "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."

The mum-of-two added: "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 kinds 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!"

The former Apprentice candidate appeared on episode six of the show, while Claire appeared on episode four.

In her passionate rant, she went on to say: "Stop these 'accidental mistakes' until you go through the continual embarrassment – you can never appreciate or understand my upset and disappointment.

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"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!"

Just hours after penning her emotional post, Channel 5 apologised to the TV personality, accepting responsibility for the mistake.

A spokesperson said: "This was a technical fault between My5 and 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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