The BBC responds to Gemma Collins’ claims of negligence after she falls through stage
The BBC has insisted TOWIE star Gemma Collins was given a “full briefing” before going on stage at the Radio 1 Teen Awards on Sunday.
Fans were left gasping after their precious GC went missing off the stage on Sunday night. As a hydraulic platform lifted out Love Island‘s Amber Davies, Jamie Jewitt and Marcel Somerville, at the SSE Arena, Wembley, poor Gemma went tumbling in what looked like a pretty nasty fall.
Although the Celebrity Big Brother star was quick to laugh off the incident, posting memes of the fall on her Instagram page, she did later accuse the BBC of “negligence”, claiming she “didn’t even know” about the hazard.
However, the BBC has now responded, insisting Gemma did receive “a full briefing” before going on stage.
The BBC told MailOnline: “The BBC takes the health and safety of everyone involved very seriously and we are awaiting a full report from Remedy – the production company who made the show – about the incident. But they have told us that Gemma did receive a full briefing before going on stage.”
A source also added: “Before Gemma went on the female producer told her there was a trap door in the middle of the stage. The [producer] told Gemma to stay to the left. It’s not true that Gemma wasn’t warned about it.”
Gemma previously threatened to sue the BBC because she feared she would die or be left disabled by the fall.
She said: “I’m in total shock. It is a miracle I am living to tell the tale.
“I could have died or at least been disabled at the end of it. I could have been legless. Legless!
“I’m not being funny, I didn’t even get a tenner for turning up. I didn’t even know there was a hole there.
“To be honest when it happened I didn’t know where I was, what day of the week it was. No joke, my life did flash before my eyes. I thought I was dead.
“People couldn’t see it, but underneath the stage there’s a lot of machinery and the Love Island people were coming up on a platform.
“When I actually went down into the pit, they were screaming, ‘Get her up because her legs are going to get crushed, her legs are going to get crushed’.”
Gemma continued: “I’ve got to consult a lawyer, yeah. The BBC, they’ve not been in touch with any compensation or anything – or even an apology.
“It’s very important this gets sorted out because really you know what it is – it’s negligence. Do you know what I find shocking? The BBC hasn’t sent any flowers. Nothing.”