Dancing On Ice judges Karen Barber and Jason Gardiner continue to row

Karen Barber (Dancing On Ice 2014)

Dancing on Ice judges Karen Barber and Jason Gardiner are still rowing ahead of the launch of this year's final series.

The pair originally clashed back when Karen wasn't on the panel but rather acting as head coach on the show, something which Jason derided.

He laughed during the live shows at Karen: "If your opinion mattered, you'd still be a judge," leaving her in tears.

Last year saw Karen return as a judge alongside Jason, but the duo rarely agreed on the scores and the frosty tension between them looks likely to continue.

"We'll find out [when we see him] and then Sunday is the live show, when it gets very unpredictable," Karen said of how the pair will get along this year. "We never know what he's going to say next, but you know, I'm sure that's the fun of it, isn't it?"

Speaking at this month's press launch, which Jason didn't attend, Karen continued: "The trouble is that we're all very passionate about what we do, and if our opinions differ we're going to stand by what we say. That's if it's Ashley or if it's Jason.

"That's okay. I'm quite happy to talk it through. I'm okay about that. But at the end of the day, we have to believe in what we say."

Head judge Robin Cousins agreed: “It’s not about friendship, it’s about doing your job.

"You don’t have to like the people you are with but you have to respect what they do.”

Dancing On Ice starts on January 5 at 6:15PM on ITV.

Browse pictures of the DOI judges (minus Jason!) at this week's press launch below...

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