Gemma Collins’ excuse for standing up her date on Celebs Go Dating is THE BEST

It involves a bar of chocolate

Sunday’s episode of Celebs Go Dating was predictably hilarious and shocking – mostly thanks to the show’s stand-out star, Gemma Collins.

On the previous week’s episode, we saw her leave her date, Laurence Hearn, waiting for her on the platform at King’s Cross St Pancras. The pair had planned to go for a romantic mini-break on the EuroStar, and the businessman had bought two first class tickets – only to be stood up by the TOWIE diva.

Laurence waited on the platform for two hours (credit: E4)

“She’s probably still in bed,” he sighed as he watched the train pull away, bidding it “au revoir”.

Clutching a bunch of flowers and a box of chocolates intended for wooing Gemma, Laurence almost seemed to be choking back tears as he sadly plodded away.

But it’s fine because Gemma had the best excuse – she needed to have chocolate and a spray tan.

Eden and Nadia were left speechless by Gemma’s behaviour (credit: E4)

On the latest episode last night, Gemma arrived at the dating agency, where receptionist Tom was the first to tell her off.

He told Gemma, 37, she should brace herself, and a smirking GC told him: “Ooh, I’m scared!”

Tom shook his head and said her actions were “ineffably egregious”.

Even lovely Tom called her actions “egregious” (credit: E4)

“It was what WHAT?” she said, looking confused. “Bad form,” Tom explained.

She went on: “Listen my darling, don’t be disappointed in me, I know what I’m doing. I make my own rules because I am fabulous darling,” she said, slamming the door behind her.

The reality star then sits down with the dating experts Lady Nadia Essex and Eden Blackman, who look thoroughly annoyed.

Gemma smirked her way through the telling off (credit: E4)

She told them, smiling: “I know you’re angry with me, so just get it off your chests, I’m ready for ya.”

Eden told her: “Listen, I’ll put it straight, this is the most disrespectful thing that’s ever happened in this agency.”

Nadia shouted: “Somebody’s standing there on the platform with a first class ticket to the Eurostar, and you don’t turn up! Are you joking?”

Gemma has clashed with show matchmaker, Eden already in this series (credit: E4)

In her VT, Gemma said: “Whoa, everyone needs to calm down. I can explain myself!”

Then she offered up her solid gold explanation.

She said: “I did get up, I did put my hair and make up on. I got in the car, there was traffic on the road at Leytonstone.

The GC claimed to have an explanation (credit: E4)

“I sat in it for 30 minutes and I thought, ‘I dunno if I’m feeling Paris’.

“I went home, I did a marathon of the Kardashians, I had a cheeky bar of Galaxy, I had a spray tan. And I had a beautiful day!”

Eden said: “I’ll be honest with you, I didn’t ever think you’d do this, and that’s the bit that really [bleeps] me off.”

We’d pick chocolate over love too (credit: E4)

Gemma did eventually seem to feel repentant saying: “I feel terrible, you have a way of making me feel terrible.”

Nadia added: “We haven’t made you feel terrible, your own actions have made you feel terrible.”

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Many fans were seriously unimpressed, tweeting: “I was always a fan of Gemma. But respect goes a long way. The dates @LadyNadiaEssex and @edenblackman set her up with wasn’t rude in anyway. Gentlemen are hard to find.”

Another added simply: “I’m speechless!”

Fans were divided by the star choosing chocolate over love (credit: Twitter)

Others were amused, with one saying: “Would’ve done the same 🤷‍♀️😂”.

Later in the show, the presenters brought Laurence, 52, into the office, so Gemma could apologise face-to-face.

He told her he waited for two hours on the platform as she said: “Sorry Laurence.”

The dating experts brought Laurence in for an apology (credit: E4)

She then asked him: “Do you think you can find it in your heart to forgive me?”

And he said: “Yeah, I could actually”, as the matchmakers look on, stunned.

Gemma said sorry and they ended up having a weird cuddle on the sofa (credit: E4)

He then agreed to another date, as Nadia tells the camera: “Laurence, get a backbone.”

Sadly for Laurence (again), Gemma then went off on a date with Daniel, who she ended up inviting as her date to Cape Verde.

After being so mean to Laurence, Gemma chose Daniel anyway (credit: E4)

“I never expected us to have so much in common,” Daniel said as Gemma told him: “I’m so happy I met you.”

It is all very nearly romantic.

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