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DOI bosses slam claims Gemma Collins is 'refusing to be filmed backstage'

She hasn't been cooperating during rehearsals, apparently

Dancing On Ice bosses have slammed reports that Gemma Collins is refusing to be filmed backstage and threatening to quit the show.

It was claimed that the TOWIE star has shocked backstage crew on the ITV reality show by refusing to be filmed during rehearsals and even throwing them off the ice.

Gemma is partnered with Matt Evers on the new series of Dancing On Ice (Credit: ITV)

According to The Sun, an insider claims the production crew are "fed up" and at the end of their tether with the 37-year-old reality star.

The source said: "Gemma continues to be making life difficult for the crew backstage on the show. She's been refusing to be filmed and keeps throwing the crew off the ice when they are trying to film rehearsals.

"She's trying to rule the roost and it just doesn't work like that... everyone is just trying to do their job but they are getting increasingly fed up. Dancing On Ice is traditionally a fun show to be involved with but Gemma refusing to be on camera is making life hard for those trying to get out a good, light-hearted show for the fans."

However, a representative for Dancing On Ice confirmed to ED! that there is "no truth" to the claims and Gemma "has not quit the show".

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It follows a report that Gemma has threatened to quit after facing criticism from presenters Holly Willoughby and Phil Schofield.

Mum-of-three Holly, 37, admitted she disapproved of the reality star's attitude after she kept everyone waiting at a group training session for week two's joint dance.

Gemma's co-stars, including Didi Conn and Jane Danson, were ready to start learning the routine but there was no sign of the GC.

Holly said on This Morning on Monday: "I really love Gemma, I’m a big fan of Gemma’s and I think she’s great on the show.

Gemma continues to be making life difficult for the crew backstage on the show

Holly moaned about Gemma's lack of professionalism (Credit: ITV)

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"But, I think there needs to be a little bit of professionalism that comes into any work you do. Just a little pride in your work. You just shouldn’t do that."

Her co-host Phil, 56, added: The entire studio, that is that massive studio with all of the people involved, were all standing there waiting."

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