DOI contestants with Holly and Phil

Dancing On Ice viewers slam Phillip Schofield for ‘awful’ joke about Gemma Collins

Gemma didn't seem impressed with the joke

Phillip Schofield has been criticised for making a joke about Gemma Collins during last night’s Dancing On Ice final.

Gemma, 38, returned to the show for a group performance alongside her fellow contestants who were eliminated during the series.

And it seems Phil, 56, couldn’t resist but make a cheeky joke about Gemma – but the GC didn’t look too impressed by it.

Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby on DOI
Phil’s joke didn’t go down well with some viewers (Credit: ITV)

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Phil said: “It’s taken a huge amount to put this series together. Over 600 costumes, 5,000 hairpins, half a million sequins…”

Turning to the GC, he added: “And that’s just Gemma.”

While her fellow contestants laughed at Phil’s joke, Gemma said: “What can I say?”

Viewers watching from home weren’t impressed with his quip and shared their thoughts on Twitter.

One person said: “#DancingOnIce don’t like GC but I think comment made by Phil was awful as well as comments about Fern [Britton] and slowly beginning to realise he’s not so nice after all!”

Another wrote: “Phil being cheeky to Gemma to me isn’t right as he’s not like that towards any other contestant on the show #DancingOnIce.”

A third added: “Very disappointed that Gemma Collins was made the butt of a so called joke by Phil tonight, a joke is a joke if it isn’t at the expense of somebody else’s feelings.

“It was a low blow and not worthy of him, Holly knew it was wrong.”

Former TOWIE star Gemma made her highly-anticipated return to the ice last night but not everyone was impressed with her comeback.

As she skated out onto the ice with her professional skating partner Matt Evers to Beyonce’s Crazy In Love, many accused the reality TV star of “not skating” as she spent the majority of her short routine on her knees.

One person said: “Gemma didn’t even skate! All the other contestants did something but it’s like she puts no effort in?!” while another wrote: “Actually screaming at Gemma not skating at all and just rolling around on the ice. Sensational.”

Gemma Collins and Matt Evers on DOI
Gemma returned to the ice last night (Credit: ITV)

Gemma’s appearance on the show came after she revealed she pulled out after judge Jason Gardiner – who Gemma clashed with on the show – compared her to a fridge last week.

Jason apologised for his comments and insisted it was a “light-hearted joke”.

But on Saturday night’s Jonathan Ross Show, Gemma was adamant she would be strapping on her skates for Sunday’s final.

Many viewers were thrilled to have Gemma back on the ice, with one person writing on Twitter: “Gemma you were fantastic tonight on the ice.”

Another wrote: “@missgemcollins was great to see you back on the ice.”

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Last night, former Strictly Come Dancing pro James Jordan was crowned the winner alongside his pro partner Alexandra Schauman.

Love Island star Wes Nelson bagged second place alongside his partner Vanessa Bauer, while Saara Aalto and pro Hamish Gaman came third.

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