Gemma Collins slams 'Dancing On Ice' judges for 'body shaming'

Gemma Collins attending the National Television Awards 2019 held at the O2 Arena, London (Credit: PA)
Gemma Collins attending the National Television Awards 2019 held at the O2 Arena, London (Credit: PA)

The row between Gemma Collins and the judges of Dancing On Ice continues, with the reality star accusing the panel of ‘body shaming’.

The Only Way Is Essex star made the remarks on the red carpet of the National Television Awards in London last night.

She told the Daily Mirror: “This week I’ve got to let my feet do the talking. To be honest, I do agree with the judges’ comments.

“Less of the body-shaming though, please!

“I might be a big girl but that doesn’t mean I can’t leave the house.”

(Credit: ITV)
(Credit: ITV)

It follows her on-screen spat with judge Jason Gardiner, who slated her performance on Sunday night.

“Gemma, I know you were channelling Marilyn but we ended up with Anna Nicole Smith and that was because there wasn’t any elegance,” he said.

“Like you were saying in the VT, she had to be elegant, she’s a woman who’s in control of her femininity, you were all over the place still hun, and as Ashley said, there’s not enough skating content still and this is your second skate now.

“You need to up the ante because we’re not going to see big lifts from you.”

Collins then publicly accused Gardiner of ‘selling stories’ about her to the newspapers, likely referring to an arranged interview with The Sun in which he called her ‘lazy’.

The spat ushered in more than 250 complaints to Ofcom, some of which concerned Gardiner’s comments about Collins.

But the remarks from Gardiner have found Collins an unlikely ally.

Piers Morgan has slammed the judges on Good Morning Britain, saying: “I think they’ve been very mean to her. They put her on the show knowing she’s probably not going to be that great, and now they’ve been sort of taunting her and ridiculing her.

“I think she’s giving it a damn good go. I didn’t think that I’d be the Gemma Collins’ defender in all this. I admire the attempt to try and be better than she clearly is, right? Unusually, I find myself in Team Collins.”

Collins thanked Morgan for his support, and last night at the NTAs, the pair cemented their budding friendship.

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Hopefully the encounter cheered him up after Good Morning Britain lost out to This Morning in the Best Daytime category.

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