Jason Gardiner slams Dancing On Ice coach

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 13 January 2011
Karen Barber

Karen Barber

Jason Gardiner wants ''infuriating'' head coach Karen Barber axed from 'Dancing On Ice', as he claims she is de-motivating contestants

Jason Gardiner wants "infuriating" head coach Karen Barber axed from 'Dancing On Ice'.

The outspoken choreographer - who is a judge on the celebrity ice-skating show - is so fed-up with the skating champ he has called on ITV1 bosses to sack her.

Karen, 49, used to sit on the show's panel until she was handed a new role of looking after and training up contestants for this year's sixth series, and as head coach she is allowed to give feedback on the judges' comments.

However, furious Jason - who is joined on the panel by Spice Girls singer Emma Bunton and Robin Cousins - claims she undermines their comments with her "mother hen" routine.

He told The Sun newspaper: "Why is she still here? I find the woman infuriating. I know she protects and she's mother hen and all that sort of stuff, but the thing that annoys me about her is that she doesn't actually listen to the critiques that we're giving.

"She just keeps saying how hard they're working and how far they've come."

Sparks flew between Jason and Karen on Sunday night after he told Victoria Cross hero Johnson Beharry he needed to improve his moves on the ice.

He said: "Don't let that battleaxe Karen Barber hinder your progress".

Last year, the Australian star accused the judges of favouritism and said they were making a mockery of the show's rules.

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