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Saturday 28 February 2015

Gardiner: I didn't mean to offend

Jason Gardiner is famous for his acerbic comments
Jason Gardiner is famous for his acerbic comments

Jason Gardiner has apologised for saying Shayne Ward looked like he had locked-in syndrome on Dancing On Ice.

Complaints were made to TV watchdog Ofcom after the acid-tongued judge told the singer his performance of Ricky Martin's Livin' La Vida Loca was more "Livin La Vida Locked-in Syndrome", referring to the condition which can leave sufferers paralysed as a result of a brain injury or stroke.

But the judge - who some fans have called to be sacked on Twitter - told the Sun: "I sincerely apologise for any offence caused. That was never my intention."

Jason has a history of causing controversy through his outspoken remarks on the ITV show, famously describing former contestant Sharron Davies as looking like "faecal matter that won't flush".

Meanwhile, former X Factor winner Shayne shows no signs of letting Jason's critique get him down.

Thanking fans for voting, the singer - whose professional skate partner is Maria Filippov - tweeted: "Our dream is still alive."

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