Jason Gardiner brands Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield 'fake'

Jason Gardiner BLASTS Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield for being ‘fake’ as he claims they snubbed him following Dancing On Ice exit

  • The former judge, 48, said it was ‘hurtful’ that the co-hosts didn’t get in touch
  • Jason also claimed that he had issues with Phil over the years, but said they dealt with things ‘man-to-man’ and had quashed their differences
  • He also claimed that fellow judges and ‘idols’, Christopher Dean and Jayne Torvill also hadn’t been in touch, but Ashley Banjo did reach out 
  • In August, the Australian choreographer confirmed that he wouldn’t be returning to the show after joining the programme at its inception in 2006 
  • The dancer was replaced by John Barrowman on the panel, but Jason claimed that the Torchwood star is too inexperienced for the role

Jason Gardiner branded Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield ‘fake’ amid claims they snubbed him following his Dancing On Ice exit.

The former judge, 48, spoke to The Sun about his disappointment and alleged that the co-hosts hadn’t bothered to even send him a message following his departure.

Speaking candidly, he told the publication: ‘Since it was announced I was leaving the show I’ve had nothing from Phil and Holly. Not even a text message.

Hurt: Jason Gardiner BLASTED Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield for being ‘fake’ as he claimed on Saturday that they snubbed him following Dancing On Ice exit

‘It is hurtful, especially because when Phillip was getting a lot of negative attention recently I sent him a message of support.

‘I thought they would get in touch but I’ve learned this industry is full of fake and disingenuous people.’

Jason also claimed that he had issues with Phil over the years, but said they dealt with things ‘man-to-man’ and had quashed their differences.

MailOnline have contacted representatives for Dancing on Ice, Holly, and Phil for comment.

Snubbed: Jason claimed he’d ‘had nothing from Phil and Holly. Not even a text message’, which made him realise that they were ‘fake and disingenuous’ 

Happier times: Jason is seen posing with Holly and Phil at the DOI press launch in December 2018

Jason also claimed that fellow judges, and ‘idols’, Christopher Dean and Jayne Torvill also hadn’t been in touch, but Ashley Banjo did reach out to send him support.

The dancer was replaced by John Barrowman on the panel, but Jason claimed that the Torchwood star is too inexperienced for the role. 

In August, the Australian choreographer confirmed that he wouldn’t be returning to the show after joining the programme at its inception in 2006.

The skating judge addressed speculation that he would be stepping down from his long-running position in an Instagram video and referenced his ‘controversies’, after it was rumoured he was leaving the show following his dispute with Gemma Collins.

Harsh words: The dancer was replaced by John Barrowman on the panel, but Jason claimed that the Torchwood star is too inexperienced for the role

Jason said: ‘I know there has been a lot of speculation about me and the upcoming series of dancing on ice. I wanted to set the record straight, I’ve been an original judge since 2006.’

‘I’ve done every series except one, when I was replaced by my good friend and dance sister Louis Spence in 2012.’

At the time it was reported Jason told friends he felt ‘stitched up’ by bosses’ decision to replace him with the Pineapple Dance Studios’ star.

This comes after it was reported that Holly and Phil have been embroiled in a so-called ‘feud,’ with eight This Morning presenters breaking their silence regarding the ‘toxic’ atmosphere backstage.

A report stated the situation behind the scenes at This Morning had become ‘toxic’ in recent months, with employees too scared to speak out publicly for fear of backlash. 

An ITV source told The Sun: ‘For so long people have been silenced because they are scared for their job. If they speak out publicly about the atmosphere they fear there could be repercussions.’ 

An insider close to Holly added: ‘It’s true there have been some issues. They’re like brothers and sisters – they have ups and downs but love each other.’  

Hitting back at the reports, a spokesperson for ITV said: ‘It’s deeply disappointing and unfair for Phillip to be the target of this sort of malicious gossip.

Ignored: Jason added that fellow judges, and ‘idols’, Christopher Dean and Jayne Torvill also hadn’t been in touch, but Ashley Banjo did reach out to send him support

‘Phillip is a much respected broadcaster and colleague and this is absolutely not a description of This Morning that we recognise.

‘Holly and Phil are great friends both on and off screen and are popular among viewers and colleagues alike.’  

Phil also slammed the rumours as he discussed their sibling-like relationship during the Dancing On Ice launch.

Claims: This comes after claims Holly and Phil have been embroiled in a so-called ‘feud,’ with eight This Morning presenters breaking their silence regarding the ‘toxic’ atmosphere

The TV star said: ‘Can you imagine a feud between us ever happening? It’s not as if we have to defend anything.

‘It’s a shame… we are so open on the show, we are so open online and we go on holiday together. Holly is the sister I never had, we think at the same speed. It’s so organic… it’s a shame.

‘Everyone who knows us, I mean, everyone at This Morning was like, “What the hell?” The atmosphere in our studio is so wonderful, there’s such a lovely team. Everyone is lovely.’ 

Untrue: Phil has slammed the rumours as he called it ‘a shame’ during the Dancing On Ice launch, while ITV blasted the claims as ‘deeply disappointing and unfair’

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