Holly Willoughby has slammed Gemma Collins over rumours of her diva behaviour backstage at Dancing On Ice – including having a NAP while her fellow contestants rehearsed, and slipping off before the end of Sunday’s live show because she got bored.
The TOWIE star has been hit by claims that she’s annoyed her fellow co-stars with a long list of demanding behaviour, including being late to set.
And former DoI star Kem Cetinay confirmed today on This Morning that Gemma has been slacking while the rest of the cast work hard, prompting both Holly and Phil’s ire.
"Gemma, who wasn’t performing this week, but as always she had the headlines," Kem told Holly and Phillip Schofield.
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Gemma went missing for the last part of Sunday’s live show
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"We were preparing for the group routine rehearsal before – she was having a nap!"
"Well we know very well what happened," said Holly ominously.
"The entire studio – that massive studio with all of those people involved – were all standing there waiting," confirmed Phil.
"Including Jane [Torvill] and Chris [Dean], who were all sat there on the judging panel, because it was a full dress rehearsal," Holly added.
Phil went on: "We found out, ‘where is Gemma?’ for five, ten minutes, that whole studio, the schedule knocking on, oh she’s having a nap."
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Both Holly and Phil criticised Gemma for her unprofessional behaviour
Kem took up the tale again, explaining: "So I thought she might have learnt from her mistake, but we go into the live show, and in the last quarter of the show she went missing!"
"She went home," confirmed Phil.
"Did she tell anyone she was going home?" asked Holly.
"Well I didn’t know she left until after, but then we saw this video [of the aftermath of the skate-off] and Gemma wasn’t in it. I spoke to her after and she said she got a bit bored but she loves skating," Kem revealed.
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Gemma couldn’t be bothered to stick around for the whole episode
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Holly then stuck the knife in, saying: "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."
"In all my years of television, I have never kept an entire studio waiting," said Phil.
"But it’s not her, it’s the GC, that’s her character," Kem tried to insist.
"Rubbish. That’s just a really good excuse to get away with stuff you don’t want to do," said Holly.
"I love that side of her but professionalism will always outweigh any of that diva behaviour."
Gemma herself has refused to apologise for turning up to rehearsals late, claiming she’s "The GC".
"I was late but I caught up!" she told everyone waiting for her on the ice.
*Dancing On Ice returns next Sunday at 6pm on ITV