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Dancing On Ice’s Jason Gardiner CONFIRMS he won’t be returning to the show next year

Dancing On Ice’s Jason Gardiner CONFIRMS he won’t be returning to the show next year

Dancing On Ice’s Jason Gardiner confirmed that he won’t be returning to the show next year after joining the programme at its inception in 2006.

The skating judge, 47, addressed speculation that he will be stepping down from his long-running position with an Instagram video on Wednesday afternoon.

Jason said: I know there has been a lot of speculation about me and the upcoming series of dancing on ice. I wanted to set the record straight, I’ve been an original judge since 2006.’

He's leaving: Dancing On Ice's Jason Gardiner confirmed that he won't be returning to the show next year after joining the programme at its inception in 2006

He’s leaving: Dancing On Ice’s Jason Gardiner confirmed that he won’t be returning to the show next year after joining the programme at its inception in 2006

‘I’ve done every series except one, when I was replaced by my good friend and dance sister Louis Spence in 2012.

‘The show had been off air for four years and when it was revived I was the only original judge to return and the past two series have been new additions to the panel including the fantastic Ashley Banjo and the legends Torvill and Dean.

‘I have absolutely loved sharing the panel with them.’

‘After all these years I feel it’s time for me to say goodbye to my judging role and return to things I have been putting on hold and have been on the back burner for a while.

Reports: The skating judge, 47, addressed speculation that he will be stepping down from his long-running position with an Instagram video on Wednesday afternoon

Reports: The skating judge, 47, addressed speculation that he will be stepping down from his long-running position with an Instagram video on Wednesday afternoon

JASON’S STATEMENT IN FULL 

‘I know there has been a lot of speculation about me and the upcoming series of dancing on ice. I wanted to set the record straight, I’ve been an original judge since 2006.

‘I’ve done every series except one, when I was replaced by my good friend and dance sister Louis Spence in 2012.

‘The show had been off air for four years and when it was revived I was the only original judge to return and the past two series have been new additions to the panel including the fantastic Ashley Banjo and the legends Torvill and Dean.

‘I have absolutely loved sharing the panel with them.

‘After all these years I feel it’s time for me to say goodbye to my judging role and return to things I have been putting on hold and have been on the back burner for a while.

‘It’s because of you I never cowered or shied away from serving up the truth.

‘Holly, Phil, Jane and Chris we created something we can be really proud of after the ice has finally thawed. We’ve had a lot of laughs, trials and tribulations and I have loved working with all of you.

‘To the unsung heroes, the pros and coaches, including Karen Barber, without your hard work we would never have had the success we’ve had, I salute and applaud you.

‘I am terrified and excited to announce I will be debuting my one man show at the Crazy Coqs at Zedel in January and February next year.

‘So if you want to find out a little bit more about me, because I’m like an onion, I have many layers and if you cut me I’ll make you cry.

‘Then book tickets, because I promise it will be an evening you won’t forget.’

‘To all of my DOI fans I really thank you for your support and encouragement over the years, I know we’ve gone through some controversies and I’m glad you got my unique judging style and honestly.’  

Rumours were swirling that judge’s were searching for Jason’s replacement, following a series of rows with last year’s contestant Gemma Collins. 

An insider told The Sun newspaper: ‘After the rows with Gemma last year, producers started to make quiet inquiries about potential replacements.’

Back in March, he apologised for comparing her to a refrigerator, and insisted he didn’t realise his remark had caused such a backlash.

He said: ‘Ignorance is bliss, I don’t know about this. I don’t engage on the social media platforms like that.

Judging panel: Jason said that he has 'loved working' with Ashley Banjo, Jane Torvill and Christopher Dean

Judging panel: Jason said that he has ‘loved working’ with Ashley Banjo, Jane Torvill and Christopher Dean

‘It’s something that I find gets magnified and distorted and people jump on a bandwagon. You can’t really buy in to it.’

When told his comments had been interpreted as fat-shaming, he added: ‘Oh god no. If people are taking it that way I’m really sorry. It was a way of diffusing any tension and making light of the situation.’

Gemma had previously hit out at Jason for ‘bullying’ her over his comment and announced she wouldn’t be at the final because she didn’t want him to be ‘anywhere near’ him.

She wrote on Instagram at the time: ‘I’m really tired of being BULLIED by this man …. I wish you would stop ….. it’s very very upsetting and hurtful let it go Jason stop bullying me ENOUGH is ENOUGH.

‘I won’t be bullied any more making me feel uncomfortable to come back to the final on Sunday! I was looking forward to Sunday but won’t be anywhere near someone who’s BULLYING me.

‘This is NOT ACCEPTABLE on any level comparing any human to an electrical appliance is not acceptable #STANDUPTOBULLIES. (sic)’

MailOnline has contacted a Dancing On Ice spokesperson for comment.

Daily Mail UK

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