Gemma Collins is said to have followed in the serious ballroom star Dan Walker’s footsteps to become the latest big name to leave the BBC. GC is clearly taking her hit podcast elsewhere, where she’ll be paid a figure ‘the BBC can’t afford’
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Gemma Collins is said to have parted ways with the BBC, after the state-funded broadcaster “cannot afford” to match a lucrative offer from a rival to host the star’s hit podcast. .
The former TOWIE star, 41, is believed to be following in the footsteps of serious band stars Dan Walker, Andrew Marr and Emily Maitlis, to capitalize on a commercial deal and leave the country’s national broadcaster .
The Gemma Collins Podcast has been one of the BBC’s most popular podcast outputs in recent years – even spawning a subtitled episode of dating advice, The Love Lounge – but after three years, The GC has found see a new home for her sound child.
Not only is Gemma’s new contract more lucrative, a new presenter will also give her more editorial control – following previous discussions with the BBC about having more say in the final season of the show. her program.
Talking to SunA source close to the star said: “She left the BBC because she negotiated a great deal to take her podcast elsewhere.
“Gemma is being paid a number the BBC can’t afford and will be given more editorial control.”
“Gemma loves the BBC and knows they helped get her podcast to where it is now. But this move will help her career continue to grow.”
The insider added that the reality TV legend has even “outrageous” plans when The Gemma Collins Podcast returns later this year.
Gemma is said to have signed a commercial contract for five times the salary she received at the BBC.
The Mirror has contacted Gemma’s representative for comment.
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In recent months, the Essex native has used her podcast to give fans candid insights into her private life – including her plans to start a family with her fiancé. Rami Hawash.
The couple have been together for a decade, making no secret of their desire to have children together after mending their good relationship last year.
Rami is already a father to his son from a previous relationship, while Gemma has yet to experience motherhood.
Speaking on her podcast last October, GC spoke of her heartbreak when she admitted that the couple were struggling to get her pregnant naturally.
“I really want to have kids right now,” the star admitted at the time.
“I haven’t used any birth control. I can’t get pregnant so now I’ll have to be brave and look at it for myself.”
Gemma admits the inability to get pregnant naturally has so far frustrated her: “It feels like sometimes – when does that happen? Why me?”
The star has previously shared about her experiences with pregnancy and miscarriage.
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https://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/gemma-collins-latest-star-exit-27154755 Gemma Collins latest star to leave BBC as she gets lucrative new podcast deal