Jason Gardiner and Karen Barber Clash on Dancing on Ice

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Celebrity head coach Karen Barber and panelist judge Jason Gardiner clashed last night after Jason slated the head coach’s expertise and credibility on Dancing on Ice.

It all started when Karen, 49, expressed that she thought the judges had marked Johnson Beharry VC too low. Jason snapped back at her remark by saying: “If your opinion still mattered then you’d be on the panel.”

A furious Karen swiftly got up from her seat next to the contestants, and stormed over to the Australian judge, jabbing her finger in his face and demanding he repeat what he’d just said.

She then went right up to the panel and said: “You know Jason, you really are so offensive. You bring so little to this panel.”

Karen was then caught on screen with tears streaming down her face.

Jason was quick to make a joke of the situation, saying: “We’ve added a new dimension to the competition – a fight! No not really. It’s Vegas night.”

Dancing on Ice host, Phillip Schofield, was initially left shocked by the exchange of words and could only manage a ‘Strewth!’ to the camera.

When the show started back after the advert break, Karen’s chair remained empty, leading to speculation that she’d stormed out of the studio.

However, she did return and Jason gave an apology at the start of the second half of the show, but Karen wouldn’t accept it and held up her hands to say she’d heard enough, calling him a ‘nasty, nasty man.’

Relations between the two former panelist judges have become increasingly icy since Karen was taken off the judging panel to become the head coach of the celebrity contestants.

As for who left the show this week, it was one of the early favourites. 27-year-old Jennifer Metcalfe, saw herself in the bottom two with Vanilla Ice after the public vote and was then voted off by the judges after the skate-off.

Comments & Debate

  1. February 7, 2011 at 7:20 pm sarah Commented:

    i think that jason should be sacked, id like 2 c him in a pair of skates, skating!! what he said 2 karen was uncalled for, she is a way better judge than he wil ever be

  2. February 7, 2011 at 8:48 pm chris jeffels Commented:

    I think jason did not have to be so controversial he is there to juge but he has over steped the mark to insult karen there was no need for the coments I dont think he has to be so personal Jason needs pulling back in to line as it is not nice to watch a bulley at work

  3. February 7, 2011 at 9:18 pm Joan Commented:

    Jason needs to be hauled over the coals for such a nasty and so personal a comment, Karen is a far better judge of skating than he will ever be, and Johnson is a far better person there is no excuse for such remarks, and the sooner he returns to Oz the better.

  4. February 7, 2011 at 10:29 pm Chris Commented:

    I know its TV but can a perfessional person like Jason be allowed to come out with comments like that on national telly Surely Torvil and Dean are embrassed by his words he has to go

  5. February 7, 2011 at 10:33 pm Amanda Casey Commented:

    Nothing left to say TOTALLY agree with everyones comments!

  6. February 7, 2011 at 10:41 pm Kirsty Commented:

    What a foul horrible little man!! A completely uncessary belittling coment, designed purely to grab attention. As a judge he is in a position of authority and should carry this out with integrity and dignity not school yard jibs when someone dares to disagree. This is not the first barbed comment Jason has passed and I doubt it will be his last, is this light family entertainment? I think not and certainly not the viewing I would choose for my family.

  7. February 7, 2011 at 10:47 pm Margaret Commented:

    i think its about time that Jason Gardiner is tols he is not longer needed there was no need for him to be such a nasty and personal to Karen she is a better judge then him so get him off

  8. February 7, 2011 at 11:09 pm caroline donaldson Commented:

    Nasty nasty man……and IS a bully….the type of menance in society we can do without and don’t need on TV…Just what IS his problem? Get shot of him

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