It’s all a bit chilly in Dancing on Ice world as former judge Jason Gardiner has lashed out at former colleagues, labelling ex-pals Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby “fake and disingenuous”.
Gardiner announced his plans to quit the show, which he’s been involved with since 2006, back in August 2018, saying to fans via social media he wished to “return to things I have been putting on hold and have been on the back burner for a while”.
However, after working with many of the same people throughout his stint on the show, he expected some messages of support from colleagues, but according to the 48-year-old this was not the case.
The star was particularly disappointed with Schofield, who he says he sent a supportive message as the This Morning host was caught up amidst feuds with co-hosts Amanda Holden and Ruth Langsford.
Discussing the snub, Gardiner told The Sun: “Since it was announced I was leaving the show I’ve had nothing from Phil and Holly. Not even a text message.
“It is hurtful, especially because when Phillip was getting a lot of negative attention recently I sent him a message of support.
“I thought they would get in touch but I’ve learned this industry is full of fake and disingenuous people.”
Known for not being shy when it comes to criticism, Gardiner also lifted the lid on other former colleagues.
He revealed the only other judge to wish him support after he announced his decision to quit was Ashley Banjo, while “idols” Jayne Torville and Christopher Dean also snubbed him, which Gardiner described as “upsetting”.
Former contestant John Barrowman is replacing Gardiner for the new series, a decision the latter isn’t entirely convinced by as the former “didn’t even make it to the final” while taking part on the show.
12 contestants have already been announced for the new series, which starts on ITV today (5 January) at 6pm.
Former Steps star Ian ‘H’ Watkins will be joined by Love Islands Maura Higgins, talk show host Trisha Goddard and former Eastender Joe Swash amongst others.