Patsy Palmer has launched into an extraordinary online rant after ‘doing a Piers Morgan’ and storming off Good Morning Britain in a fury at being billed as an ‘addict turned wellness guru’.
During the show, the former EastEnders star, 48, shut down the video interview from her Malibu home after taking exception to the ITV show’s strap line, saying her her 20-year battle with drink and drugs was ‘many, many years ago’.
After receiving backlash for her actions online, Patsy angrily told the ‘trolls and haters’ to ‘go f**k themselves’ for judging her, after ‘working hard to remove negativity from her life’.
Rant: Patsy Palmer has launched into an extraordinary online rant after ‘doing a Piers Morgan’ and storming off Good Morning Britain in a fury at being billed as an ‘addict turned wellness guru’
Taking to the comments section of an Instagram post on Monday, Patsy wrote: ‘My apologies to anyone that wants to hear good news as I have great faith that considering what is going on in the world right now there are still some people that do.
‘I keep seeing people saying “get over yourself”, I have gotten over my old self years ago and no longer wish to discuss it when I only have five minutes air time. I have been a people pleaser my whole life.’
Patsy, whose move to America was compared to Harry and Meghan’s during the chat, said it wasn’t her place to report on other people’s lives.
She continued: ‘I was supposed to be on there to talk about my new business that I have created that couldn’t be more opposite to that headline.
‘For all of the trolls and haters and people on here judging me, GO F**K YOURSELVES. I’ve worked hard on myself to remove negativity from my life and the lives of my children.
‘So if anyone has a problem with that you need to go and take a look at your lives and wonder what drives you to jump on here to attack me for standing my ground.
‘If you are parents doing that the shame on you. I hope you find some joy amidst all the madness.’
Statement: After receiving backlash for her actions online, Patsy angrily told the ‘trolls and haters’ to ‘go f**k themselves’ for judging her, after ‘working hard to remove negativity from her life’
During the appearance, Patsy declared she was ‘doing a Piers Morgan’, after the former host stormed off the show last week during a debate with co-presenter Alex Beresford, before quitting his role on GMB entirely.
Immediately after Patsy’s exit, presenter Ben Shepherd explained that the line ‘addict to wellness guru’, was a quote she used in her 2007 book All of Me: Love, Life and Addiction.
During the first few minutes of her interview, hosts Ben and Susanna Reid quizzed Patsy on her decision to leave the UK for the U.S, however things quickly turned sour when Patsy noticed the programme’s strap line.
At the start of the awkward interview, Ben asked: ‘Did you move to get away from people shouting ‘Ricky’ at you in the street?’
Not happy: During the show, the former EastEnders star, 48, shut down the video interview from her Malibu home after taking exception to the ITV show’s strap line, saying her her 20-year battle with drink and drugs was ‘many, many years ago’
Patsy replied: ‘Um, not really not just for that reason, maybe one of them.’
Susanna then asked: ‘You have done what Meghan and Harry did which is get away from the UK, to go off to California and set up a new life.
‘And I know you’ve spoken out about Meghan and Harry before, I wonder if you do get more privacy over there?’
Patsy said: ‘I think you do…You know what actually I’m not, I don’t even want to do this interview because I don’t even want to look at what it says at the bottom of that screen.
Bye: During the appearance, Patsy declared she was ‘doing a Piers Morgan’, after the former host stormed off the show last week during a debate with co-presenter Alex Beresford, before quitting his role on GMB entirely
‘I’m going to switch off, do a real Piers Morgan and say it’s not ok to have ”addict to wellness guru” on the bottom of the screen. You know, my issues I had years ago that were talked about by me many many years ago and it’s over.’
Ben replied: ‘So sorry about that Patsy. Huge apologies, it wasn’t our intention to upset you, that’s obviously a quote from Patsy’s book, and as she’s talked about in the past.’
While Susanna added: ‘Well that’s a terrible shame, our apologies to Patsy.’
After Patsy quit the interview, Ben explained that the strap line shown was a quote from Patsy herself – taken from her autobiography.
Ben said: ‘That’s a quote from her book, and she’s promoting a wellness brand, but we are sorry Patsy.’
While Susanna added: ‘I have no idea that was on the a screen. Our apologies to Patsy, she’s entitled not to do the interview and we just carry on.’
Bye: The ex- EastEnders actress, who had a 20-year battle with drink and drugs, declared she was ‘doing a Piers Morgan’, after the former host stormed off the show last week
Bewildered fans who were watching the show live took to Twitter to comment on Patsy’s decision to suddenly leave the interview.
One person said: ‘Patsy Palmer shuts down GMB. Not a good week for the show.’
Another person sympathised with Patsy and said: ‘#GMB fair play to #patsypalmer told them where to stick their interview live on air… I’m going to do a Piers she said just before switching off.’
Reaction: Bewildered fans who were watching the show live took to Twitter to comment on Patsy’s decision to suddenly leave the interview
A third wrote: ‘No but what is going on over at GMB today man??? Patsy Palmer really locked off the whole interview right at the start.’
A different person said: ‘Omg Patsy Palmer that was so awkward, but fair play to you.’ #GMB’
While another wrote: ‘Well, that was rude! @GMB #PatsyPalmer Why write it in a book if you don’t want to talk about it? Diva much?’
Another agreed and said: ‘Didn’t know Patsy Palmer was so sensitive about something she apparently wrote about… sad the way the world is going.’
Another agreed and said: ‘Didn’t know Patsy Palmer was so sensitive about something she apparently wrote about… sad the way the world is going’
Later during a chat with Lorraine about what was to come on her show, Susanna said: ‘Any walkouts on your programme recently Lorraine?
Lorraine joked: ‘Not recently, I did see that I’m sure she will be fine.’
Suggesting Susanna was the common denominator as she was also present for Piers’ walk out, Ben said: ‘There’s a link, I wasn’t here before.’
He added: ‘The important thing is our intention was to never upset Patsy Palmer, we were very keen to talk to her about wanting to come on, she’s talked in the past, she’s talked in her book particularly about her addiction and stints in rehab.
‘Now she has a wellness brand and promoting that, it’s the journey she has been on to get to where she is today and what she’s learned in her life, and that’s what we mistakenly misread to understand.
LA time: Ahead of the awkward interview Patsy shared this glowing selfie on Instagram
Susanna said: [It’s] not presented as an ambush.’
Ben said: ‘Certainly not, clearly she was very upset by that and that’s not how we like to do things.
Susanna also said: ‘No and we were really keen to talk to her… she has been very open, but of course everyone has a right to not be on this programme if they don’t want to be, as we know.’
Mixed: Some viewers supported Patsy’s decision while others branded her a ‘diva’ for storming off the ITV programme
Patsy’s outburst also gave viewers a chance to mourn the absence of former host Piers, as fans claimed the situation ‘wouldn’t have happened’, had he been there.
One person said: ‘@Piersmorgan how would you of handled that @patsypalmerx interview? To be fair I am shocked that @GMB want label someone an addict!
‘It’s taking away Patsy’s right to talk about a sensitive time in her life.’
Another joked: ‘@Piersmorgan have you been coaching Patsy Palmer??’
A third said: ‘GMB has become a right mess since @piersmorgan left. I bet the BBC are loving it! #gmb #bringbackpiers. Where’s Patsy gone?’
Another agreed, and said: ‘Something I dis/agree with @piersmorgan but without him GMB is dull, boring and they just got shtu down by Patsy Palmer lmao.
‘That would not have happened if he was there.’
Bring back Piers? Patsy’s outburst also gave viewers a chance to mourn the absence of former host Piers, as fans claimed the situation ‘wouldn’t have happened’, had he been there
Patsy has previously opened up on turning her life around in her autobiography, All Of Me, and has launched her own wellness Instagram page, Good and Proper.
Patsy shot to stardom as market trader Bianca Jackson aged 21, where she found on-screen love with Ricky Butcher, and also found a place in the hearts of the nation.
However off screen, Patsy began struggling with a party hard lifestyle where she would binge on alcohol, cocaine and ecstasy.
The TV star has previously admitted to trying alcohol at eight, sniffing solvents at 11 and even snorting cocaine at just 13.
When she joined the cast of EastEnders, Patsy was a single mother living with her son Charley, now 29, in an East End flat.
She told the Mirror in 2012: ‘Quite often, I’d party all night and go into work the next morning, just grabbing sleep on the set whenever I could, I don’t know how I survived.’
‘My emotions were completely unmanageable at that time and I don’t think I realised how unmanageable they were until I stopped. When I look back and see how much I’ve changed I think I was a different person.’
Younger years: Off screen, Patsy began struggling with a party hard lifestyle where she would binge on alcohol, cocaine and ecstasy (pictured in 1995)
Patsy, who has been teetotal since 2004, has been married twice; firstly to filmmaker Nick Love for five months in 1998.
She went on to marry her husband Richard Merkell in 2000 and the couple now share children Fenton, 20, Emilia, 19, and Bertie, 10.
The media personality previously told how the family ‘don’t have alcohol in the house’ and she follows the 12-step programme from Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous.
Patsy, whose real name is Julie Merkell, said: ‘Ask yourself, ‘Is drinking and taking drugs stopping you from being the best person you want to be?’. And if the answer’s yes, it’s time to knock it on the head. Richard and I didn’t want that for our life. I didn’t want to be falling out of clubs. I wanted a settled home life and now I have.’
Family: She went on to marry her husband Richard Merkell in 2000 and the couple now share children Fenton, 20, Emilia, 19, and Bertie, 10 (pictured)
From Walford to Malibu: Patsy Palmers’s journey from soap star to wellness guru
Patsy Palmer – whose real name is Julie Merkell – first rose to prominence in 1993 as Bianca Jackson in BBC soap EastEnders.
When she joined the cast of EastEnders, Patsy was a single mother living with her son Charley, now 29, from her relationship with with boxer Alfie Rothwell.
During her time acting on the show, Patsy was briefly married to filmmaker Nick Love in 1998.
The soap star appeared as her character between 1993–1999, before turning in 2008 until 2014, and again in 2019.
She was set to return once again the following year, however the pandemic halted plans for her to reprise her role as Bianca.
Patsy first appeared on TV in The Gentle Touch in 1984 and then in 1985, when she played Natasha in the children’s drama series, Grange Hill, until 1987.
The TV star, who was born and grew up in Bethnal Green, East London, has previously spoken candidly about her troubled childhood.
She has previously admitted to trying alcohol at eight, sniffing solvents at 11 and even snorting cocaine at just 13.
It was Patsy’s mother who first spotted her acting talent and encouraged her to go to acting school in London. Patsy was bullied at school acting was a form of escape for her.
During her first stint on EastEnders, Bianca’s on-screen marriage to Ricky Butcher [Sid Owen] in 1997 drew one of the biggest soap audiences ever, more than 22 million.
Patsy returned the show for a two-hour special in 2002, where she was reunited with her on-screen beau Ricky in Manchester for the first time in two years.
In 2005, she hit out at the soap and branded its storylines ‘ridiculous’ and ruled out a return to the show, before reprising her role again in 2008.
Patsy’s autobiography was released in the UK on 5 April 2007. In the book, she described her ascent to fame, her struggle with addiction and how she battled to overcome her problems.
The media personality credits some of her drug and drink recovery to husband Richard Merkell, who she married in 2000.
She previously said: ‘He’s given me what I’ve always really wanted – a real family.’
Not long after she married Richard, Patsy gave birth to their first child together, a boy named Fenton, on June 13, 2000.
She quickly had her third child, and Richard’s second, on July 7, 2001 when they welcomed their daughter Emilia.
In December 2010 the couple had another child, a son called Bertie.
For 10 years, starting in 2004, she lived with her husband and children in Western Terrace and then Kemptown, Brighton, England.
In 2014 the family decided on a lifestyle change and moved their brood from Brighton to Malibu, where they still live now.
As well as making some very A-list pals including Camille Grammer and Cindy Crawford since moving stateside, Patsy has also discovered wellness and meditation.
Late last year, Patsy appeared to have swapped acting for a new passion, as she launched her new wellness page on Instagram, Good and Proper.
Patsy, who appeared to have taken inspiration from lifestyle guru Gwyneth Paltrow, encouraged her followers to ‘take time out’ on her new page.
On Twitter, Patsy posted: ‘I’ve just launched a new page on Instagram to support my new journey.. join me @goodandproperhair.
On her recovery, Patsy reflected ‘It feels so foreign now, I’m so far removed from it…’I couldn’t even do yoga when I was in my 20s because I couldn’t sit still.
‘Right now is the happiest I’ve ever been. I’m always in the now and it’s the only place I want to be.’