Gemma Collins at the Dancing On Ice Launch Photocall

Phillip Schofield thinks Gemma Collins could ‘quit’ Dancing On Ice

He fears she might walk (or skate) away!

Dancing On Ice host Phillip Schofield has voiced his concern about this year’s contender Gemma Collins making it to the live shows.

Phil, who will be hosting with Holly Willoughby when the series returns in January, said he’s not convinced the GC will stay on the show as she’s “something of a quitter”!

Phil at the launch with Gemma and pro skater Matt Evers (Credit: Wenn)

He told The Mirror: “Obviously we’ve got Gemma. I’ve said this to her if she makes it to the first show I’ll be really thrilled.

“By her own admission Gemma is something of a quitter when it comes to these sort of things. I’m absolutely thrilled that Gemma is doing it.”

Phil will co-host DOI with Holly (Credit: ITV)

The 56-year-old This Morning presenter added that everyone taking part is at a “higher” level this year.

He continued: “This year we’ve gone for, there aren’t any to my knowledge, any novelty ‘I can’t skate’ skaters.

“Everyone seems to be starting from a higher level this year. The competition will be really tight and fun.”

Phil’s comment about Gemma comes after she walked out of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! after just three days in 2014.

Meanwhile, 37-year-old Gem says she’s been working hard – and falling down a lot! – in training.

Matt has been putting Gem through her paces (Credit: Wenn)

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She insisted she was giving it “everything” in a sneak peek of her routine on Instagram this week.

The Essex girl has been regularly updating fans with her antics on the ice and recently revealed she badly bruised herself after taking a tumble.

Her professional skating partner Matt, 42, has also been singing her praises.

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Gemma admitted her reservations before starting the show but she said she wants to give it her all.

She said on This Morning: “I know how hard it is, I’ve done my research. I am scared and nervous, I don’t know how they’re gonna lift me up and how fast I can get around the ice… I really want to give this a go.”

Phil’s comments also come after celeb skater Brian McFadden said Gemma has been deleted from the DOI group WhatsApp for being a “diva”.

It’s going to be an eventful series…

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