Dancing On Ice judge Jason Gardiner has denied reports he is taking legal action against contestant Gemma Collins over their recent spat.
Various tabloid outlets had claimed the acid-tongued panellist was planning to sue the former TOWIE star, after she accused him of selling stories on her to the press during a furious on-air showdown last month.
However, addressing the matter on Channel 5′s Jeremy Vine on Friday, Jason said: “I don’t know where all these stories come from. It is just remarkable.”
Asked if Gemma’s accusation about him selling stories was true, he said: “Of course not. It’s ridiculous that it was even brought up on a family show like that.”
He’d previously commented on social media that Gemma’s claims were “salacious and libellous”, insisting he had simply passed comment on her during an interview about the show with The Sun.
Jason also risked Gemma’s wrath again after commenting negatively on her skating ability during the interview.
He said: “It’s annoying that we’ve got some amazing line-up this year and we’ve got people that are so good on the show, and yet it seems to be that all we ever talk about is this one particular contestant, who really isn’t that good on the show as a competitor, as what she’s physically able to do on the ice.”
He also agreed Gemma was overshadowing the other contestants, saying: “I think yes and I think unfairly so because we know we’ve got people like Melody, we’ve got Wes, quite a few of them now that are starting to break away and really commit to it and they’re brilliant.
Jason also went on to admit he and Gemma do not mingle backstage, although this is no different to how he is with any of the other contestants.
Admitting he does not drink in the bar with them after the show, he explained: “The way the studio is structured we are kept away from the celebrities….