Ice show spat complaints 'crazy'
Published 08/02/2011 | 11:02
Phillip Schofield has branded complaints about the spat between Jason Gardiner and Karen Barber on Dancing On Ice "crazy".
Around 2,000 people complained to ITV after the pair clashed on air on Sunday over the performance by soldier Johnson Beharry.
People also complained to Ofcom after the row, which broke out when skating coach Barber, a former judge on the ITV1 show, took issue with the low score Gardiner gave the war hero.
He snapped back, saying: "If your opinion still mattered you'd be on the panel."
The row spilled over into the results show, with Gardiner apologising but branding Barber "over-emotional", while she said he was "a nasty, nasty man".
Schofield attempted to defuse the row with a lengthy post on his Twitter account. He said: "Right, enough. Please do not expect me to condemn Jason or to expect his sacking! Firstly, he is a friend. Secondly, a telly spat is not a sackable offence, even if it is misplaced."
He also said: "It's crazy Ofcom have been swamped by complaints," adding that he was "a big fan" of both Gardiner and Barber and said they should both stay on the show.
Schofield later told viewers on This Morning: "It's whether or not we seem to now be - and I've had a bit of a Twitter rant myself this morning over this - we seem to be in a sort of society where people are almost professionally offended."
Hollyoaks femme fatale Jennifer Metcalfe was the latest celebrity to be voted off after the public vote left her and rapper Vanilla Ice in the bottom two.
An ITV spokesman said: "The producers of Dancing On Ice have made it clear to Jason that this type of comment is unacceptable. Jason is sorry for his behaviour and any offence caused to Karen."