Jason Gardiner: I'm happier not doing 'Dancing On Ice'

Albertina Lloyd
Entertainment reporter, Yahoo UK
Jason Gardiner is interviewed by Phillip Schofield during a press launch for'Dancing On Ice' (Getty Images)

Jason Gardiner has said he feels happier since leaving Dancing on Ice.

The 48-year-old choreographer stepped down form the judging panel on the ITV skating show last year and was replaced by John Barrowman.

Gardiner reponded on Twitter to a fan who who called for his return, saying: “Thank you Brian but I'm happier than I've been in years because I'm not doing @dancingonice.”

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The acid-tongued judge had previously admitted that he had a difficult working relationship with the show’s co-host Phillip Schofield.

He told The Sun: “I’ve always settled my grievances with him man to man. That's how I deal with things - directly. We've shaken hands and those problems have been overcome."

He described the This Morning host as a "brilliant presenter and very professional", but that he is "not somebody I would have a close personal friendship with.”

Jason Gardiner has branded Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield 'fake' (Getty Images)

But he admitted it was “hurtful” that neither Schofield, nor co-host Holly Willoughby and judges Christopher Dean and Jayne Torvill had contacted him since he announced he was leaving the show.

Gardiner claimed show bosses “hung me out to dry” after contestant Gemma Collins accused him live on the show of "selling stories" about her.

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He said: "When push comes to shove, they hung me out to dry. After Gemma made that allegation, I had so much abuse because all of her social media followers are cut from the same cloth - vile people. But ITV did absolutely nothing.

"So I did consult my lawyers, who told me I had a good case. The next week, an hour before the show, three of the top brass marched into my dressing room and demanded to know if I was going to sue Gemma.

"I don't know if the aim was to scare me into backing down, but it worked. I was absolutely traumatised, and I did agree to drop the lawsuit. Through all of this, not one person asked if I was okay. And after that everything was soured."