The Circle fans in shock as 'Gemma' STORMS OUT of dramatic showdown with Manrika after explosive blocking

THE CIRCLE fans were left in shock this evening as Manrika and 'Gemma' finally came face-fo-face after an explosive blocking.

Manrika was unsurprised to learn that NHS nurse Gemma was actually a catfish, with former Gladiator star James, 47, playing the character.

He was eliminated from the competition after Manrika and Andy were once again voted influencers – and chose to pay the former a visit in person before leaving the show.

But the meeting was frosty from the off, with Manrika initially furious by James' game – although she did say she "understood" when he told her he'd planned to donate half of the prize money to the NHS.

The Birmingham beauty snapped: "I’ve been calling you a b***h from day one.

"I said I pray whoever this is is a nurse, I’ll be devastated if they’re not. But I understand why you’ve done what you’ve done."

She insisted that she didn't like Gemma from the start – and things took a turn when she confessed to being the one to anonymously label her "a snake" and "full of s**t" in a previous game.

James was furious, saying that she'd "crossed a line" – and refused to accept her apology.

He seethed: "You could’ve owned up to it rather than being a coward, so that’s full of s**t yourself.

"You seemed genuine, but obviously you’ve pulled the wool over my eyes.

Manrika admitted to playing a game, and that getting Gemma out of the competition was part of her plan – with James eventually having enough and storming out of the room, seething: "Grow up, you know what I mean? Nice to meet you anyway."

Viewers at home were on the edge of their seats with the dramatic fallout and flocked to Twitter to share their reaction, which was divided overall.

One wrote: "Catching up on tonight’s #TheCircle and this conversation between Manrika and James has got to be the most awkward thing I’ve ever watched on this show."

Another added: "LIVING for James calling Manrika out on being absolutely horrible and faker than a catfish. Idc if he pretended to be a nurse, he was real!!"

A third wrote: "Really lost respect for James having a go at Manrika, she’s playing the game! Just as he was!"

One more echoed: "Why the f**k is James getting arsey about crossing the line and lying? He was pretending to be a nurse called Gemma ffs!"

Later in the show, the remaining Circle players were stunned to receive a video message from 'Gemma' – revealing her true identity.

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