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Linda Robson has said that her former co-star Pauline Quirke chose not to be in the Birds of a Feather reunion.
The Loose Women star, 62, was recently surrounded by rumours that she'd fallen out with her Birds of a Feather co-star Pauline.
Linda and Pauline had worked together on and off for over two decades and Pauline's absence from last year's Christmas special sparked speculation they were no longer friends.
Actress Linda has now insisted that her former sitcom co-star was the one who decided not to be part of the festive comeback.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, Linda shared that it was Pauline's "choice" to not star in the Christmas one-off and added that fans should "respect" the actress' decision.
She told the publication: "Obviously people miss Pauline, but we have to respect that it was her choice not to do it anymore."
Linda continued: "She wants to concentrate on her academy", referring to Pauline's performing arts academy in Beaconsfield.
Speaking of reported behind-the-scenes tension, she added: "When they (the producers) asked us, we were like, 'Yeah we would still like to do it. We're not ready to finish.
"I think it worked really well as they did a good script, and we did the best we could with it."
Rumours of an argument among the Birds Of A Feather cast began when The Sun reported last month that Linda and Lesley were no longer speaking to Pauline following a series of arguments.
A source said: "The nadir came during one astonishing row at Teddington Studios, culminating in Pauline and Lesley squaring off, noses centimetres apart, outside the women's loos.
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"They were basically pulled apart by stunned crew members. Things went rapidly downhill from there."
The insider added: "Linda doesn't believe they'll ever speak again."
Last year's hotly anticipated Christmas special featured both Linda and Lesley, but Pauline's character Sharon was not in the show.
Sharon's absence from the episode was explained by her being stuck on a cruise ship near Costa Rica.
- Loose Women
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