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Kellie Maloney's First Dates show 'won't be aired'

Kellie Maloney has been left "really disappointed" after her appearance on First Dates was reportedly scrapped when her date refused to let the episode be shown.

Kellie Maloney's appearance on First Dates has reportedly been scrapped.

Kellie, who was born Frank and transitioned into a woman in 2014, recently filmed an upcoming episode of the much loved Channel 4 dating programme.

However, after being paired with Kellie, her date has apparently decided not to let the programme air because he felt so "uncomfortable" dating a transgender woman.

"The guy was really surprised that he had been paired with Kellie. He had no idea when he signed up that he would be matched with someone transgender and so well known," a source told The Sun newspaper.

“Kellie was really looking forward to finding love on the show with a man – as she finally feels ready to discuss her feelings."

The setback has come as a blow to Kellie, who is apparently "really disappointed" about how things developed.

"She’s deeply upset that he was so shocked about her being transgender," the source added.

Kellie has openly discussed how difficult it is to find love as a transgender woman. During an appearance on Loose Women earlier this year (16), she admitted things had been going well with one potential partner - until he found out about her past.

"There was one guy I was talking to who was quite keen and I actually forgot to tell him that I was a trans woman," Kellie said. "I told him I carry a lot of baggage but he sort of said ‘Oh I’m very open-minded we all have baggage, I’m divorced’.”

"I said ‘I think it’s best I tell you. Have you heard of Kellie Maloney?’ He said ‘That effin boxing promoter who cut off his effin ****?’ I said ‘Yeah that boxing promoter happens to be me."

Upon hearing the news, the man responded: "How can I ever go out with you? What will people think?!’ And the phone just went dead."

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