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Loose Women fans fume as Gemma Oaten gets ‘cut off’ during powerful interview

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Loose Women viewers were not impressed on Thursday afternoon as former Emmerdale star Gemma Oaten's emotional interview about eating disorders was cut short.

The 36-year-old actress spoke passionately with Kaye Adams, Nadia Sawalha, Kellé Bryan and Jane Moore about her own personal health battle.

Anchor Kaye, 58, was told by producers in her ear to end the powerful interview, but Gemma politely asked for more time to quickly discuss more on binge eating and bulimia.

Viewers at home rushed to their keyboards to say that Gemma deserved more time on the show to share her important message for people dealing with eating disorders.

Taking to Twitter, one fan penned: "Jeez, shame they didn't give Gemma more time."

Another added: "Why have guests on to talk about serious subjects only to cut them off/not give them enough time?"

A third person posted: "It’s great that you are raising awareness @loosewomen and please give more time for important things like this in the programme. The amount of time Gemma had wasn’t enough she was rushed."

Another added: "They could have given her longer, they were only talking rubbish for at least 10 minutes after."

Just before her interview came to an end, Gemma said: "Just quickly we didn't touch on binge eating and bullimia.

"I really want people to know that there is no stigma or shame attached to that.

"More and more people are struggling with it at the moment and they must reach out and get help.

"Speaking is so key you have nothing to feel embarrassed or ashamed about."

Gemma also opened up about how she turned to her parents for help with her own heartbreaking battle.

She said: "The turning for us was when mum and dad started talking to me. Me as a human being, as their daughter and as Gemma.

"When it comes to reaching out, an eating disorder loves confrontation.

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"The heartbreaking thing for me which I remember the most is when my dad said my daughter became a shell of her former self and was in a prison and there were no bars but I couldn't get her out.

It's heartbreaking and touch to hear but its so important that its much deeper rooted than just weight loss.

Loose Women airs weekdays on ITV at 12.30pm

If you're worried about your health or the health of somebody else, you can contact SEED eating disorder support service on 01482 718130 or on their website,

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