Brenda Edwards says she was ‘shocked’ to be asked to replace Gemma Collins in Chicago

Brenda Edwards has revealed she was ‘shocked’ to receive a phone call from the producers when she confirmed she would be replacing Gemma Collin in the chicago UK tour.

speaking on wednesday loose womenThe singer-actress, 53, told how she was “still learning my lines” after being recruited as a last-minute replacement for Gemma, 41, who was forced to withdraw due to a knee injury.

His role, which he originally played in 2006, comes just months after the shocking death of his son Jamal, who died in February at the age of 31 after suffering cardiac arrest.

To return!  Brenda Edwards has revealed that she was

To return! Brenda Edwards has revealed that she was “shocked” to receive a phone call from producers when she confirmed that she would be replacing Gemma Collin on the UK tour of Chicago.

Following the recent announcement of her return as the character of Mamma Morton, Brenda explained the quick process in which she was asked to play the role before heading to rehearsals ahead of her first show on Thursday.

She told fellow panelists Janet Street-Porter, Jane Moore and Coleen Nolan: “It was announced earlier this week that Gemma Collins unfortunately had to pull out of her debut as Mamma Morton and that afternoon I got a phone call from the producers asking if he would reprise the role.

‘I was Mamma Morton, it was my first role outside of X factor in 2006 and I was in it until 2008/9. So they asked me to come back.

When asked how quickly he would get back on stage, he said: ‘I start tomorrow! I’m still learning my lines, I’m walking around with a script doing everything else.

Injury: Speaking on Wednesday's Loose Women, the 53-year-old singer-actress recounted how

Injury: Speaking on Wednesday’s Loose Women, the singer-actress, 53, recounted how she was “still learning my lines” after being recruited as a last-minute replacement for Gemma, 41, who was forced to withdraw due to a knee injury.

Speaking of his schedule, he added: “I accepted on Thursday, it was announced on Friday, I had a rehearsal on Saturday, I adjusted yesterday and I start tomorrow.”

The star, who rose to fame on The X Factor in 2005, will make her debut on the Sunderland stage on June 2 before joining the rest of the cast on tour elsewhere.

The show also saw Brenda, who previously had West End roles in We Will Rock You and Hairspray, perform Mama Morton’s When You’re Good To Mama live.

Heartbreaking: Music mogul Jamal died in February at the age of 31 following a 'sudden heart attack' at the home he shared with his Loose Women star mother (pictured together in 2021)

Heartbreaking: Music mogul Jamal died in February at the age of 31 following a ‘sudden heart attack’ at the home he shared with his Loose Women star mother (pictured together in 2021)

On Twitter, fans were quick to react to Brenda’s performance and her new role, with one writing: ‘Brenda is a huffing powerhouse! Come on girl! Good luck! (Please no!)

With another writing: ‘Brenda’s voice is crazy’.

A third said: ‘Well done, Brenda. Have a lot of respect for this beautiful lady. One of my favorites on #LooseWomen.’

With another addition: ‘Your voice is sensational. Today’s Chicago snippet on the show gave me goosebumps. Good luck with the show xx.’

New job: Following the recent announcement of her return as the character of Mamma Morton, Brenda explained the quick process in which she was asked to play the role before heading to rehearsals ahead of her first show on Thursday

New job: Following the recent announcement of her return as the character of Mamma Morton, Brenda explained the quick process in which she was asked to play the role before heading to rehearsals ahead of her first show on Thursday

Role: She told her fellow panelists:

Role: She told her fellow panelists, “It was announced earlier this week that Gemma Collins had unfortunately had to pull out of her debut as Mamma Morton and that afternoon I got a phone call from the producers asking if I would reprise the role.”

Brenda’s confirmation comes after her son, music mogul Jamal, died in February at the age of 31 following a “sudden heart attack” in the house he shared with his mother after DJing the night away. previous.

The singer revealed that her son’s death had been “sudden and unexpected” and explained that “he had a cardiac arrest and then he passed me by the hand.”

It comes a week after Gemma was forced to withdraw from chicago after knee swelling pains and is ‘inconsolable’ over the decision.

There is no time to lose!  When asked how quickly she would be back on stage, she said: 'I start tomorrow!  I'm still learning my lines, I walk with a script doing everything else'

There is no time to lose! When asked how quickly she would be back on stage, she said: ‘I start tomorrow! I’m still learning my lines, I walk with a script doing everything else’

Support: On Twitter, fans were quick to react to Brenda's performance and her new role, with one writing: 'Brenda is a huffing powerhouse!  Come on girl!  Good luck!  (Please no!)

Support: On Twitter, fans were quick to react to Brenda’s performance and her new role, with one writing: ‘Brenda is a huffing powerhouse! Come on girl! Good luck! (Please no!)

The reality star was set to play Mama Morton in the production’s tour of the UK and Ireland, taking on the role of singer Sheila Ferguson.

A Chicago spokesperson confirmed the news, saying that he “will no longer be appearing on the show’s UK tour due to a knee injury.”

They added: “The Chicago Producers wish Gemma all the best for the future.”

An informant said Sun that Gemma is ‘inconsolable’ about having to leave and is ‘in tears’.

A long time ago when: 'I was Mamma Morton, it was my first role outside of X factor in 2006 and I was in it until 2008/9.  So they asked me to come back' (in the photo from 2006)

A long time ago when: ‘I was Mamma Morton, it was my first role outside of X factor in 2006 and I was in it until 2008/9. So they asked me to come back’ (in the photo from 2006)

Coming soon: The star, who rose to fame on The X Factor in 2005, will make her Sunderland stage debut on June 2 before joining the rest of the cast on tour elsewhere (pictured in 2007)

Coming soon: The star, who rose to fame on The X Factor in 2005, will make her Sunderland stage debut on June 2 before joining the rest of the cast on tour elsewhere (pictured in 2007)

Gemma would have joined the tour at the Sunderland Empire from Tuesday 31 May, before playing Cardiff New Theatre, Blackpool Winter Gardens, Sheffield Lyceum, Norwich Theater Royal and the New Theatre, Oxford.

In 2019, the TOWIE star suffered a leg injury after falling during a Dancing On Ice performance.

On her Instagram Stories, Gemma shared short clips of herself receiving treatment for swelling last week.

Oh no: It comes a week after Gemma was forced to pull out of Chicago due to swelling pains in her knee and she's 'inconsolable' over the decision.

Oh no: It comes a week after Gemma was forced to withdraw from Chicago due to swelling pains in her knee and she is ‘inconsolable’ over the decision.

“Morning session for my knee,” he wrote while capturing a cryostimulation device at work on his leg. ‘I can’t describe the pain, guys.’

In one short video, he called the swelling ‘next level’ and in another he added: ‘My leg has swollen with my knee.’

The treatment center Gemma tagged, Ice Health Cryotherapy Spa, in an Instagram post said they were “working magic on Gemma’s serious injury.”

MailOnline contacted Gemma’s representatives, who confirmed the situation.

'My leg has swollen': On her Instagram stories, Gemma shared short clips of herself receiving treatment for swelling

‘My leg has swollen’: On her Instagram stories, Gemma shared short clips of herself receiving treatment for swelling

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