DOI's Karen Barber 'furious' with Katarina Witt

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 24 February 2012
Katarina Witt

Katarina Witt

Karen Barber is reportedly "furious" with 'Dancing On Ice' judge Katarina Witt because she is too harsh on the contestants

Karen Barber is reportedly "furious" with 'Dancing On Ice' judge Katarina Witt.

The head coach on the ITV1 show - who was dropped from the judging panel last year - is not happy with the way the German Olympic champion speaks to the contestants as she's thinks she's too harsh on them, and now insiders claim the feisty pair are "on the verge of a major bust-up".

One said: "Last weekend's scores and comments were exceptionally hard on the contestants, and most of the scathing comments came from Katarina.

"Karen was furious during the show - everyone could see her glaring angrily at Katarina.

"But things escalated off camera. She thinks Katarina is nasty rather than supportive. She's determined to defend the contestants who are trying their best, and Karen takes some of that criticism personally."

Insiders claim Karen's anger stems from the fact she still wants be on the judging panel of the ITV1 show, which also features Robin Cousins and Louie Spence.

The source added to the Daily Mirror newspaper: "There's no love lost between Karen and Katarina and the atmosphere is becoming increasingly tense - she's threatened to have serious words with Katarina if necessary.

"It's getting very fiery, but the politics of the show are also a big issue. Deep down, Karen would rather be on the panel herself."

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