Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 1 November 2014

Gardiner having a 'precarious time'

Jason Gardiner clashed with Dancing On Ice skating coach Karen Barber

Jason Gardiner has thanked fans for their "support" during his Dancing On Ice bust-up.

Around 2,000 people complained to ITV after the TV judge clashed on air with skating coach Karen Barber over the performance by soldier Johnson Beharry.

The row broke out on Sunday when Karen, a former judge on the ITV1 show, took issue with the low score Jason, who reportedly faced the sack over the spat, gave the war hero.

He tweeted: "Thank you to all of you who have sent me kind support during this rather precarious time. But there are others who are very disturbed indeed".

Sources on the show told the Daily Mirror that Jason, 45, has refused to call Karen, 49, meaning their spat could continue into the weekend

The paper said he had apologised but told friends: "It's not my problem if some people don't like to hear the truth. Everyone should get over it."

Viewers also complained to Ofcom after the row, which developed when Jason snapped back at Karen, saying: "If your opinion still mattered you'd be on the panel."

The row spilled over into the results show, with Jason apologising but branding Karen "over-emotional", while she said he was "a nasty, nasty man".

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