GEMMA Collins was told to lose two stone in weight by a cruel agent who called her "fat" when she first tried to break into showbiz.
The reality star, 40, has revealed the heartbreaking moment she was told she would never make it as an entertainer because she wasn't slim enough.
Her first brush with fame was on a programme called Snobs and she revisits her time on the ITV show during Piers Morgan's Life Stories tonight.
Shocked to see the unearthed clip, she asks host Piers Morgan: "How did you get the footage? Throughout my whole career, I’ve always been worried about that first programme.
And he replies: "You went to a TV agent to see if they would take you on. Do you remember what they said to you?"
Gemma says "no", but Piers, 55, tells her: "She said that you 'had the charisma but you were too fat to be on TV' and suggested you lose two stone."
And she says: "Look where I am now honey? Yeah, well she can eat her words now.
"But I never gave up and I think people admire that about me. Yeah, I have not been blessed with, you know, a Victoria’s Secret’s body but it’s my body and I love it. I am what I am.'
Speaking about Snobs, Gemma adds: "How the producers put it to me was, 'Look we're going to need you for seven weeks. Basically, at the end of seven weeks we'll give it a review.'
"So I thought, 'right I've got seven weeks to make sure that I never, ever turn backwards' and at the end of the show that was it, signed, sealed and delivered."
Gemma's fanbase began to grow following the show but she soon became a target for trolls online.
She said: "It was hard; I’m not gonna lie, it was hard.
"There were times when fans would get online and say we hate you. I think one said, 'get in your car and go and have a car crash. I wish you was dead.'
"You have to get a very thick skin and I think that’s where the GC was created as well.
"There is no way, if you didn’t have a thick skin—and you will know this (Piers), that you will survive in this industry. It’s not for everyone I’ve been able to cope with it but there’s a lot of people I know that haven’t and it can ruin your life."
Piers Morgan's Life Stories airs tonight at 9pm on ITV.
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