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Coleen Nolan reacts to ex Shane Richie's EastEnders return as she has gripe over storyline

Coleen Nolan has revealed that she's disappointed over ex-husband Shane Richie's EastEnders storyline as he returned to the BBC One soap. The Loose Women panellist spoke about her former husband's stint on the show during today's episode of the ITV show.

She and her fellow hosts - Charlene White, Katie Piper and Dame Kelly Holmes - began chatting about Shane's big return to the soap as Alfie Moon, but Coleen lamented over the storyline.

Alfie made his return last week as Kat Slater and Phil Mitchell prepared to tie the knot, telling her she couldn't go through with it. He vowed to stick around and win her back, as he promised he'd show her she was making the wrong decision.

He's desperate to win Kat back (BBC/Jack Barnes/Kieron McCarron)

As they discussed the storyline on today's episode of Loose Women, Coleen shared her thoughts on his return.

Fellow panellist Katie Piper asked Coleen: "Don't you think Kat and Phil make a great couple?" but she was quick to disagree and made her feelings very clear and ranted: "No! No I'm sorry, it's ridiculous. You would not pick Phil over Alfie. Absolutely [speaking from past experience]. Kat and Alfie just go together; they've been together for years. Phil's just always miserable."

"Well he's not anymore now he's got Kat," Katie chimed in, but Coleen laughed off the comment.

It comes after Shane described it as an "honour" to be returning to the show. Of his return, he said: "It's an absolute honour and privilege to be asked back to my TV home of Albert Square. I’m looking forward to catching up with some old cast mates and meeting some new ones.

"The new exec producer Chris Clenshaw has been instrumental in wanting to bring Alfie Moon back with some wonderful storylines… and who am I to say no?! I can't wait."

Coleen seemed less than impressed (ITV)

Chris Clenshaw heaped praise on Alfie as a character, saying: "Shane Richie created one of the most iconic, loveable and most memorable characters in soap, and to welcome him back to Walford is an absolute pleasure.

"A lot’s happened since Alfie’s been away from the Square but wherever his floral shirts go you can expect fun, frolics and, of course, the odd porky-pie. We’re over the moon to have him home."

EastEnders airs Mondays through Thursdays on BBC One at 7.30pm.

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