This Morning’s Holly Willoughby scolded Gemma Collins amid rumours of her “diva” behaviour backstage at Dancing On Ice, saying she was less than impressed with the reality star and claiming she should show more professionalism in her role.
The Only Way Is Essex star is said to have left Sunday’s live show early because she got “bored” and had a nap while her fellow contestants trained non-stop on the ITV show. Gemma is also said to have been late on numerous occasions, leaving her co-stars frustrated.
Now, Gemma has broken her silence online following the surprising comments from Holly – making a subtle response on Instagram to her 1.1 million followers.
[Gemma Collins/Instagram ]
Appearing to be anything but phased by Holly’s comments, she reposted a photo of a mug which branded herself “Queen GC”.
Her post came just hours after Holly and co-host Phillip Schofield lashed out at her diva behaviour on This Morning.
Holly and Phil were not impressed as they discussed the controversial star alongside Dancing On Ice correspondent Kem Cetinay.
The Love Island winner told the presenters: “Gemma, who wasn’t performing this week, but as always she had the headlines. We were preparing for the group routine rehearsal before – she was having a nap!”
An unimpressed Holly responded: “Well we know very well what happened,” before Phil added: “The entire studio – that massive studio with all of those people involved – were all standing there waiting.”
Holly added: “Including Jane [Torvill] and Chris [Dean], who were all sat there on the judging panel because it was a full dress rehearsal.”
Phil continued: “We found out, ‘where is Gemma?’ for five, ten minutes, that whole studio, the schedule knocking on, oh she’s having a nap.”
Holly then quipped: “I love Gemma, I’m a big fan of hers and I love her on the show. But I do think there has to be a bit of professionalism that comes into any work you do, just a bit of pride in your work.”
Phil then added that in “all his years of television” he had never left a studio audience waiting after being late.
“But it’s not her, it’s the GC, that’s her character,” Kem said as he attempted to justify Gemma’s delay.
“Rubbish. That’s just a really good excuse to get away with stuff you don’t want to do,” Holly responded. “I love that side of her but professionalism will always outweigh any of that diva behaviour.”
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