Birds of a Feather ‘axed by ITV’ amid Linda Robson and Pauline Quirke fallout

ITV's sitcom Birds of a Feather has been axed due to Pauline Quirke and Linda Robson's alleged ongoing feud, according to reports.

After the Christmas special, which managed to accumulate an impressive 7.9million viewers despite Pauline's absence, co-star Lesley Joseph hoped ITV would renew the programme for a new series.

But the Daily Mail has reported that TV bosses could not see the show continuing without Linda, 63, and Pauline, 61, starring together as sisters Sharon and Tracey.

Speaking to the publication about the sitcom, a source said: "Without Pauline, the view is that there is no Birds Of A Feather. You cannot have Tracey without Sharon, and there is no way Pauline will be going back. Things are bad between her and Linda.

"Linda and Lesley gave it a go but, despite the figures being good, ITV won’t be recommissioning it."

Sources also claimed Linda and Lesley dabbled with the idea of continuing the show with a younger replacement for Pauline.

Loose Women panellist Linda hit headlines earlier this month after she discussed her feud with her co-star Pauline in her first interview since rumours emerged that the pair had fallen out.

Linda claimed the reports that suggested she was no longer friends with her co-star were "a load of old codswallop".

But the rumours didn't stop there, as there was also an alleged fall out between Linda and Lesley, who plays Doreen on the show, outside television studio toilets.

Linda has played the legendary Tracey Stubbs in the sitcom since 1989.

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The star previously insisted that the only reason Pauline wasn't a part of the Christmas special was because she wanted to concentrate on other pursuits.

Talking to The Sun on Sunday about the alleged feud Linda explained: "Take no notice of what you’ve heard about me and Pauline falling out. It’s a load of old codswallop.

"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 10. We’re friends. Will Pauline return to the show? I don’t know."

Pauline and Linda became friends at a young age after they attended Anna Scher Theatre School in Islington, London.

Though they appeared on TV together in the mid-seventies, it was Birds Of A Feather that catapulted them to stardom.

The sitcom, which originally aired on the BBC, attracted 15million viewers a week at the time.

But in February reports began to emerge that the relationship between the twosome had broken down. Reports claimed the pair had a bust-up on set at Teddington studios.

The supposed row was said to be over the fact Pauline didn't want to take part in the 30th anniversary show in 2019 and the Christmas special that would air a year later.

Despite the allegations of an argument taking place, Linda has strongly refuted it.

Actress Linda is also very close with co-star Lesley and expressed her fondness for her on her Growing Bolder podcast.

Linda said: "She is great. Lesley lives close to me in Wandsworth so I’d go with my husband and we leave things on her doorstep.

"It’s mostly funny things like lady’s tweezers to pluck the hair on her chin, them sort of things, funny things.

"And then some flowers and that. But Pauline lives in Buckinghamshire so it’s not as easy to get to hers. I’ve not left any funny things on her doorsteps."

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