Dancing on Ice: James Jordan defends Gemma Collins over Jason Gardiner argument

24 January 2019, 16:05

By Tom Eames

Dancing on Ice wasn't short of drama last weekend, even if most of it wasn't on the ice itself.

James Jordan has defended his fellow Dancing On Ice contestant Gemma Collins, after her row on live TV with judge Jason Gardiner.

Gemma Collins and Jason Gardiner shared insults during Sunday’s live show, as Gemma accused Jason of selling stories about her to the press.

Some of her fellow competitors weren't impressed, with Saira Khan claiming her children were “distressed” by the incident.

However, James stuck up for Gemma, saying: "I don’t think it’s only Gemma."

“I don’t think that’s great TV, for me personally," he said on Lorraine. “However, I have a relationship with Gemma where I can speak to her how I want, if she does something I don’t like, I tell her. Actually, she’s not a bad person.”

Jason Gardiner and Gemma Collins traded insults on Sunday
Jason Gardiner and Gemma Collins traded insults on Sunday. Picture: ITV

Gemma previously said that she stood up to Jason as he had tried to “body-shame” her by saying viewers shouldn’t expect any “big lifts” from her and partner Matt Evers.

Speaking on Monday, she said: “Do you know what, I just had to say my bit because, not to be rude, I don’t need to be body-shamed, I put up with body-shaming for years.”

Gemma was also accused of being “unprofessional” by hosts Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield, but they later insisted there had been a communication error about why she left the show’s studios early.