Gemma Collins met her match as she appeared on Channel 4’s Late Night Lycett on Friday night.
The Diva Forever star, 42, was ‘slapped’ by legendary actress Dame Joan Collins, 89, as they appeared side by side on the comedy entertainment show.
The Only Way Is Essex alum Gemma delighted viewers by showing off her acting skills when host, comedian Joe Lycett, 34, asked the couple to act out a scene that wouldn’t have been out of place in the Dame Joan’s iconic television series, Dynasty.
Dame Joan appeared as Alexis Colby from 1981 to 1989, with the scheming character known for her sinister schemes against her ex-husband Blake.
And Dame Joan conjured up some of the same fiery energy to play a slap around Gemma’s face when she appeared on TV this week.
While reading a script, Gemma exclaimed, “Step aside, Dame Joan! There’s a new Collins in town.
Dame Joan fired back, “I’m the original OG”, to which Gemma replied, “You are, honey”. I’ll give you that, but move on the female dog cause I’m here,” prompting Dame Joan to raise her hand and mimic a slap in the face of Gemma.
It comes after Gemma revealed she was planning to undergo genetic testing after her mother, also known as Joan Collins, secretly battled cancer.
The reality TV star’s mother, Joan, was diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ – in which cells in the lining of the breast tissue turn cancerous – in 2016 after finding a lump between her armpit and her breast, and now Gemma plans to get tested for BRCA1 and the BRCA2 gene mutation to give her peace of mind about her chances of getting the disease as well.
She told The Sun on Sunday newspaper: ‘I would love to take the BRCA test – peace of mind is key.
“My mum is now a breast cancer survivor and let this be a message to everyone – no one is invincible from it.
“Your health is your wealth and with any morsel you will never waste the doctor’s time.
“These services are in place and we pay for these services – they are there to help us.”
Gemma checks her breasts daily and urges women to see their doctor if they have any concerns.
She said Joan chose not to tell her daughter about her diagnosis because she was filming Diva Forever at the time.
Former Celebrity Big Brother housemate Gemma said her mother found the lump on the right side of her breast and doctors caught it “in no time”.
She added: “She knew I would have collapsed in the worst case so she kept it to herself because she didn’t want to upset me – but she was very scared.”
Gemma praised the NHS for their swift action, saying they cleared the lump immediately.
Joan was diagnosed in 2016 with ductal carcinoma in situ, which means cells in the lining of the breast tissue become cancerous, and she now attends screening every year.
Cancer cells are contained inside the milk ducts and have not spread to surrounding breast tissue.
Hereditary breast cancer is most often caused by an inherited mutation in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene.
If a woman has inherited a mutated copy of these genes from either parent, she is at greater risk of developing breast cancer, with up to a 70% chance of contracting the disease. before the age of 80.
Gemma noted that her mother is lucky to be a breast cancer survivor and she hopes telling her story will encourage others to get checked out.
The movie star is currently taking part in The Great Celebrity Bake Off for Stand Up to Cancer and has only now decided to speak out about her mother’s ordeal.
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