Dancing On Ice 2013: Jason Gardiner hits out at Karen Barber!

Jason Gardiner (Dancing On Ice 2013)

The Dancing On Ice bitching has begun, with Jason Gardiner reigniting his feud with Karen Barber!

The critical ice panelist is back on the show's judging panel this year alongside Karen, the first time the pair have both been on the show in two years.

They famously fell out back in 2010 live on air, but Jason clearly isn't over their fights.

He claimed today that Karen is only back on the judging panel because of her relationship with Christopher Dean.

But Jason insisted that Karen being back on the panel was a "brilliant idea"

“Being back is validation. Ratings are what these shows live on and I do think they were down because I wasn’t on it," he declared triumphantly.

Speaking to the Daily Star, Jason continued: “Then the producers spoke to me about Karen coming back and I thought it was a brilliant idea. Karen started off as a judge on the panel with me from day one.”

But he added: "I mean it does help that she’s with a certain somebody who’s very influential, so I think my humble opinion wouldn’t really matter – but it was nice they consulted me.”

However Jason confessed that being on the show alongside Karen again could be "awkward", having not spoken since their on air feud.

He said: “It’s going to be a bit awkward being on the panel with each other again but I’m not going to lose sleep over it, there’s so much more to life.”

Dancing On Ice 2013 starts tonight on ITV1 from 6:30PM on ITV1.

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