Gemma Collins is calling for Dancing on Ice hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby to make a public apology for accusing her on live TV of not being professional.
The TOWIE girl has demanded an intervention by ITV bosses to clear the air ahead of this week’s show.
Gemma, 37, claims she has been almost forced into hiding by the “diva” row that has raged since last week – after she allegedly kept the whole cast and crew waiting while she took a nap.
And she wants producers to launch a probe into who fed Phil and Holly “false information” about her behaviour.
Gemma said if she is voted off on Sunday night she will blame comments made by the duo and by co-host Kem Cetinay.
She told the Sunday Mirror: “I’ve been told on the rumour mill that Phil and Holly have been told off, but a public apology would go a long way.
“I haven’t seen them yet – obviously I’ll see them at the studio, but I’d like an intervention before the show starts. We need to find the culprit responsible for giving them this false information.”
Gemma, who had viewers divided two weeks ago with her head-to-toe gold-sequinned outfit, also lashed out at Love Island star Kem, 22 – This Morning’s Dancing on Ice correspondent.
She said: “Kem was the one who delivered the information. So it would be nice to have an apology from him as well. He called this week but never said sorry.”
Gemma was accused by Kem of taking a nap while the cast and crew held a dress rehearsal.
He also reported she had apparently decided to swerve the end of last week’s show as she was “bored”.
It led to Phil and Holly calling Gemma’s professionalism into question on their ITV show on Monday.
Holly, 37, told viewers: “I love Gemma and she’s great on the show. But there has to be a bit of professionalism that comes into any work you do.”
Phil, 56, added: “The entire studio were standing there waiting. We found out, ‘Where is Gemma?’ for five, 10 minutes, ‘Oh she’s having a nap.’”
Gemma fears the row could force her off the show.
She said: “I’m not looking forward to this week at all. What has happened could really affect my voting.
“It could be the last week I’m in the show because of how difficult it’s going to be to do a good performance.”
The bubbly Essex girl told how her inner diva was crushed by comments about her – and said the only reason she will dance tonight is out of loyalty to fans.
She added: “This week it’s been absolutely awful. If I could get on a plane and disappear I would – but I don’t want to let people down.”
Acid-tongued judge Jason Gardiner also waded in, calling Gemma “lazy”.
Saying she “doesn’t look like her heart is in it”, Aussie Gardiner, 47, claimed Gemma makes him despair.
He said: “When I grew up people were bloody good at what they did. Now, we celebrate mediocre in this country.”
Gemma has appeared on reality shows including ITV’s Splash!, Celebrity Big Brother and I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!
Hitting out at the attacks on her professionalism, she blurted: “There’s only one reason I’m a big TV reality star.
It’s not through luck, and not because anyone else has got me there. It’s because of myself. I work extremely long hours – I’m always working.
“If I was so unprofessional why would Netflix and HBO fly me in to do the Orange Is The New Black campaign? On Black Friday I made £100,000 in a day as companies wanted me to promote them.
“If I was so rude and unprofessional, why would people keep booking me for jobs?”
The former car saleswoman also told how the week has taken its toll on her Dancing on Ice partner Matt Matt Evers.
While she refuses to read the negative comments about them on social media, she says they have driven Matt, 42, to the edge.
“All that’s gone on this week has taken a huge toll,” she said.
“He’s in such shock over all this. He’s getting so much trolling and hate, which he’s found exceptionally hard. He’s been totally broken by some of the nasty things said. The other day he was in tears.
“We were under so much stress we were both physically sick at training. But we’ll put on a face and carry on.”
Gemma revealed fellow contestants Saira Khan, 48, and Brian McFadden, 38, had both reached out to her in phone calls – although she has taken herself out of the celebrities’ messaging group.
She said: “They’ve both been amazing. They have my number so we just have one-on-one conversations instead of group ones.
“Brian rings all the time and says, ‘At the end of the day, you’re the biggest pull on the show, this is why this is happening. Please don’t let it get you down’.
“This is a competition, everyone is going to want to win. I’m personally doing it for fun, and to enjoy it. And if I get to win, then great.”
But she remains defiant, insisting even her diva alter-ego “The GC” is not at fault.
She said: “Whether you hate her or love her, The GC is a pantomime villain. But it’s not that The GC is unprofessional. Yes, she’s a bit of a diva – but it’s a brand, and it’s not going anywhere.”
And revealing she has been inspired by a film on Irish boxer and mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor , she vowed: “It didn’t matter how many times he got knocked down, he come back and he won. That’s what I’m doing