Gemma Collins ‘wants Strictly Come Dancing spot in exchange for not suing the BBC over stage fall’

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Gemma Collins attending BBC Radio 1's Teen Awards: PA Wire/PA Images

Gemma Collins will reportedly drop her plans to sue the BBC over her dramatic stage fall at the Radio 1 Teen Awards if the broadcaster can guarantee her a spot on next year’s series of Strictly Come Dancing.

Last month the TOWIE star revealed she was ‘consulting a lawyer’ in the aftermath of the fall as she ‘could have died or at least been disabled’ in the accident.

But according to The Sun, the 36-year-old would be willing to not pursue legal action in exchange for a stint on the ballroom show.

A source told the publication: “Gemma is deadly serious about the Strictly trade-off. She has said to the BBC that she will not pursue legal action if they give her a slot on the show.

“She loves Strictly and has always wanted to have a crack at it. She thinks this might be her chance to get on the show.”

Collins was awarding the Best TV Show prize to Love Island at the awards in October when a hole opened up beside her to allow the winners on stage.

The reality star didn’t appear to notice and slipped, tumbling into the gap.

Love Island cast members Jamie Jewitt, Amber Davies and Marcel Somerville, who were on stage to collect the award, rushed to her aid despite having almost been crushed in the mishap.

Tumble: Collins on stage being assisted by the Love Island cast (Tim P. Whitby/ Getty)

Speaking after the incident, Collins admitted she was considering legal recourse.

“I'm in total shock. It is a miracle I am living to tell the tale. I could have died or at least been disabled at the end of it. I could have been legless,” she told The Sun.

“'I didn't even know there was a hole there. No joke, my life did flash before my eyes. I thought I was dead. I've got to consult a lawyer, yeah. The BBC, they've not been in touch with any compensation or anything - or even an apology.”

A spokesperson for Radio 1 said at the time: “The BBC takes the health and safety of everyone involved very seriously and we are awaiting a full report from Remedy, the production company who made the show, about the incident, but they have told us that Gemma did receive a full briefing before going on stage.”

Standard Online has contacted the BBC for comment.

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