The row that blew up this week on ITV's Loose Women could have actually been prevented if they had used a real mediator rather than putting Janet Street-Porter (for all her skills) in a Judge's robe in the middle.
There is a reason why mediators are trained and get an accreditation - the skills of being a neutral peacemaker are not always innate and easy to come by. Learning how to work with people who have feelings of anger and hurt towards each other is something that a mediator will be able to work with to help build reconciliation. Creating a situation, such as that between Coleen Nolan and Kim Woodburn, that quickly turns into a confrontation is something that a mediator should be able to de-escalate and help avoid.
ITV said in a statement: "Kim agreed to come onto the panel today at the invitation of the producers on the understanding it was for a reconciliation with Coleen Nolan. "Kim becoming upset was never the intention and the panel did endeavour to comfort her. "She was offered counselling after the show, which she declined." Celebrity Big Brother riftJanet Street-Porter was dressed as a judge to mediate their conversation but it soon descended into accusations. Woodburn said she had been bullied by the other housemates on Celebrity Big Brother including Nolan, who she described as "two-faced". Nolan agreed with Woodburn that she had been "two-faced" because she said she had been trying to keep the peace. "I didn't tell you how vile you are from day one. That's what I should have done," she said.