Linda Robson has given her side of the story on claims she has fallen out with her Birds Of A Feather co-star Pauline Quirke.
The pair played cantankerous, inseperable sisters Sharon and Tracey in the sitcom, which launched in 1989 on the BBC with Lesley Joseph as their man-eating friend Dorien.
After running for eight years it was rebooted on ITV in 2014, however it was given the chop by the broadcaster in May this year amid rumours the pair developed ‘real and tense issues’ behind-the-scenes that allegedly led to Pauline refusing to star in the 2019 festive episode.
Linda appeared on Thursday’s Good Morning Britain where she was asked about the ‘rift’ head on and the Loose Women star insisted they are still pals.
She told hosts Kate Garraway and Adil Ray: ‘We haven’t had a falling out, Pauline don’t wanna act any more, she wants to concentrate on her academy.
‘You’ve gotta respect her wishes. We did the Christmas special, they asked us if we’d like to do it and we said yes.’
Adil joked that Linda could star in her own show ‘Bird Of A Feather’ (see what he did there?), to which the actress said: ‘I’m not sure if i’d be able to do it on my own.
‘Lesley looks amazing. She’s 73 now and she looks the same as she did all those years ago.’
Linda Robson and Pauline Quirke starred together in Birds Of A Feather as sisters Sharon and Tracey (Picture: BBC)
The series also starred Lesley Joseph as man-eating neighbour Dorien (Picture: ITV)
It is not the first time Linda has denied a feud with her former co-star.
‘Take no notice of what you’ve heard about me and Pauline falling out. It’s a load of old codswallop,’ Linda told The Sun in May.
‘Pauline just chose not to do Birds Of A Feather. She wants to concentrate on her acting academy, that’s that.
‘We’ve known each other since we were ten. We’re friends. Will Pauline return to the show? I don’t know.’
It was previously claimed in Mail on Sunday that Pauline had taken issue with Lesley’s success as the larger-than-life Dorien.
‘Both Linda and Lesley were saddened that Pauline didn’t want to return to make a 30th anniversary episode,’ a source told the paper.
Pauline, 61, and Linda, 62, have been friends since the age of 10, bonding over their love of the arts while in primary school together.
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays from 6am on ITV.
Credit: Original article published here.