Dancing On Ice’s Jason Gardiner slams ‘diva’ Gemma Collins in brutal interview

Dancing On Ice judge Jason Gardiner, who has been with the show since its inception in 2006, has slammed Gemma Collins in a no-holds-barred interview in which he criticises her poor attitude and expresses his despair that people like her have become role models.

Speaking to The Sun, the 47-year-old Australian choreographer said "When I grew up people were bl**dy good at what they did. They were exceptional at something, so you were inspired by people on TV.

“Now we celebrate mediocre in this country. That, it seems, has become the new celebrity."

Jason held up Gemma as being emblematic of this ‘famous for being famous’ culture, saying that he had no time for reality shows such as The Only Way Is Essex and while he was initially excited to hear of this performer who claimed to be ‘better than Beyoncé’ once he actually saw her work he was bitterly disappointed.

“I was so excited. But then she came out and did what can only be described as one of the most painful routines I’ve ever had to sit through because it looked so uncomfortable."

Jason also weighed in on the claims that Gemma was lazy and routinely arrived at the show’s rehearsals late and left early. He said that her poor attitude was bad for the show and was in danger of turning it into a ‘pantomime.’

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Urging Gemma to apply herself to the job in hand, he said "If you really want people to see a different side of you, this is a great opportunity to do that, rather than saying, ‘This is too uncomfortable for me, I’m not the star attraction any more, I’m bored’ then quit."

For her own part, Gemma believes that there is a secret traitor within the Dancing On Ice camp who is trying to destroy her reputation by editing cue cards.

She told reporters that she had developed a huge cyst on her shoulder which was caused by stress, and that anxiety over the show was also giving her night terrors.

Describing the show as ‘Blade Wars’ she complained about the pressure of appearing on the show while simultaneously laughing off the stories about her diva behaviour which is, she says’ ‘all part of The GC.’

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