Phillip Schofield has addressed claims of a Dancing on Ice "fix."
The Dancing on Ice host was heard speaking about Gemma Collins making it through to the following week before the votes had been revealed.
Gemma burst into tears after failing to impress the judges with her ‘car crash’ routine, as she said: "I’m really upset because obviously last week I really improved. Since the fall my nerves have gone."
In response to this, the presenter said: "Listen we’ve got next week as well. You’ve got the whole week…"
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Jumping in, Holly added: "To build back up again."
Fans were livid as they thought Phil knew the response to the vote before it had even started, but he has rubbished these rumours on This Morning.
He said: "There were loads of people on Twitter saying, ‘Oh my god,’ because I’d said to her ‘Oh there’s always next week, there’s always next week.’
"So they all thought, ‘Oh it’s a fake they already know she’s going through,’ which of course is absolute utter nonsense. We don’t know who’s going to go through until we announce it, but she’s got this week to get her confidence back."
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He addressed this point after talking to Bobby Norris, Gemma’s TOWIE pal, and Kem Cetinay, after hearing from Gemma’s mum Joan and brother Russell.
Russell said: "We’re just so proud of her, we really are, it just shows the people behind her it’s not just about the ability to skate – she makes the show."
Joan added: "As a mum you feel their pain and their anxiety, and what she goes through, I go through. In fact the whole family goes through it."
Alongside her mum and brother, Gemma said: "I’m very grateful to the public, I feel absolutely so overwhelmed.
Gemma with her mum Joan and brother Russell
The Collins family
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"I’m gutted for Saira, she skated so well, if I could skate like her I’d be happy but I have to dust myself off and come back fighting next week, get some strong old kneepads."
Her mate, Bobby, said she was in tears over her low score on Sunday, as he said: "With Gems when she puts her mind to something, she really wants to do well. She found out [she was taking part] in October and she was down the rink six days a week and really taking it seriously.
"This morning she was so gutted and she said she knew she could do better but she’s been in so much pain because of the fall… she’s a brave girl.
Gemma was very emotional after her performance
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"It’s one of the times the public are really behind her – she could go out there and sit on the ice and still get votes… she might be at the bottom of the leaderboard but people are voting for her."
This Morning airs weekdays at 10.30am on ITV and Dancing on Ice airs Sundays at 6pm on ITV.
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