Gemma Collins' Dancing on Ice partner Matt Evers has denied that the former TOWIE star is threatening to quit the show in a phone interview on Lorraine. The professional ice skater addressed comments from Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby, who revealed that Gemma kept everyone else on set waiting as she took a nap, telling Lorraine Kelly: "She did not have a nap."
"We all want to take a nap on Sunday – we're there all day on Saturday for rehearsals, we're there first thing in the morning on Sunday… by the time the show hits at 6 o'clock, you're exhausted… We just had the group number and after the group number she thought she was free to go. That was just a miscommunication between stage management, her, everything. She got a text saying her car had arrived and asked someone if she could go and they say, 'Yeah you're finished.'"
Gemma hasn't responded to Holly and Phil's comments
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He also spoke about her work ethic, adding: "I'm on my way into work right now and she is about 15 minutes behind me. She's coming into the rink today, we have a double session planned. We had Tuesday off so I haven't seen her yet. I've got a fantastic routine planned for her." Holly and Phillip joked that Gemma had disappeared on Sunday night with her fellow contestant, Kem Cetinay, with Holly saying: "The thing is, I really love Gemma. I really love Gemma. You know I'm a big fan of Gemma and I think she's great on the show, I do. But I think there has to be a little bit of professionalism, a little bit of pride in your work." Phillip added: "In all my years of television I have never kept a studio waiting like that."
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