Former Loose Women panellist Carol McGiffin is known for speaking her mind. And she didn’t hold back when it came to her thoughts on a certain reality TV celeb.

Writing in her column for Best magazine the 56-year-old took TOWIE star Gemma Collins to task branding her an “egomaniac”, questioning how the star had seemingly changed over the course of her career.

Carol wrote: “What’s happened to Gemma Collins? When first on TOWIE, she was the roly-poly girl that everyone loved.”

After acknowledging that the 36-year-old has always been a fan favourite, Carol didn’t waste time in highlighting her supposed faults. Continuing, she added:

“Now a professional reality TV ‘star’, she’s turned into an egomaniac horror who believes her own hype – an insufferable, arrogant, bad-tempered attention-seeker.”

And it seems that the presenter isn’t the only one who views Gemma in a less than positive light. After a stint on Sugar Free Farm, one of the farmers said of her:

“Gemma is a nightmare. I try to be strict so they get the job done.” Oh dear!

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But not one to take things lying down Gemma offered her reply. And it was a surprisingly measured one at that!

Speaking exclusively to OK! Online, her rep explained: “Gemma was saddened to hear about Carol’s comments.

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“It’s hard when people don’t understand how reality TV is made. Gemma is a massive fan of Carol, and had always been a huge supporter, and will continue to be so.

“Gemma is a reality star. That’s what she is there to do on TV shows, and this is why she gets booked.

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