Gemma Collins is leaving TOWIE to front her own chat-show – here’s why she could be Essex’s very own Oprah Winfrey

No sooner were we lamenting the news that reality star Gemma Collins was leaving The Only Way Is Essex, than we discovered something very exciting – the 33-year-old is not only rumoured to be heading into the I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! jungle next month, but she’s also planning on hosting her very own chatshow, a la Oprah Winfrey.


Gemma has apparently been disappointed with the low amount of air-time she’s been given in the latest series of TOWIE and is ready for a new move.

A source said: ‘Gemma feels she’s done her time on TOWIE and is keen to try new things. She believes her profile is high enough to jump ship and go it alone.’

If Gem does manage to get her own talk show, she be comforted to realise that she has a shocking amount in common with the queen of chat, Oprah.

Gemma and Oprah have both faced their relationship demons…

TOWIE’s Gemma dated co-star James ‘Arg’ Argent and the pair enjoyed a rollercoaster of a relationship before finally splitting up last year. Gemma then got engaged to on/off boyfriend Rami Hawash but called it all off just four weeks after Rami put a ring on it.

Oprah has also had a turbulent love life. Despite being with current boyfriend Stedman Graham since 1986, Oprah has always had to defend their decision never to marry. She said last year: ‘If I had wanted to get married, I could’ve made the time. I’m not a traditional woman and I haven’t had a traditional life and I think that had Steadman and I gotten married, we certainly would not have stayed married.’

They’ve both struggled with their weight…

Gemma has struggled with her weight over the years, fluctuating from a size 18 to a size 24. Back in February, the curvy star revealed that she wasn’t happy with her size.
‘I can’t bear to look in the mirror. My body is disgusting. I need to lose weight. I’m ashamed of my body,’ admitted Gemma.

Talk show goddess, Oprah, has also faced her weight demons and has fluctuated from a small size 10 to weighing over around 16st 9lbs. She has previously revealed that she ‘felt like a cow’ after piling on weight in 2008.

They’ve both ventured into other areas…

Gem launched her first plus-size clothing range in 2012 and is now on to her fifth collection.

Inspirational Oprah recently kicked off an eight-city tour Oprah’s The Life You Want Weekend, where ticket-holders head to O-Town, a feel-good activity wonderland.
Both these women just wanna spread the love!

Despite their similarities, the two women do have differing views on certain aspects of life…

On getting over men:

Oprah’s advice:
‘If a relationship ends because the man was not treating you as you deserve then heck no, you can’t “be friends”. A friend wouldn’t mistreat a friend. Don’t settle.’

Gemma’s advice:
‘Shaaaatap!’ (OK, so we added that)
‘I’m a born-again virgin. I’m not looking for any man. I’m off sex and men – and I’ll be staying well away. I’ve taken a chastity vow.’

On wooing the opposite sex…
Oprah’s advice:
‘Make him miss you sometimes…when a man always know where you are, and you’re always readily available to him – he takes it for granted.’

Gemma’s advice:
‘Pick her up in your new car, kiss her when she gets in, tell her she looks beautiful, give her all the old flannel…’

We are PRAYING that Gemma’s chatshow dreams come true. That’s one show we definitely wanna watch….

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