Gemma Collins to steer clear of ‘bully’ Jason Gardiner during Dancing on Ice final
10 March 2019, 14:49 | Updated: 10 March 2019, 14:58
The TOWIE star will be kept on the ‘opposite side of the venue’ to the Dancing on Ice judge to avoid any ‘explosions’
Gemma Collins is set to return to the rink tonight as part of the Dancing on Ice grand final.
But insiders have revealed she’ll be kept as far away as possible from judge Jason Gardiner in a bid to avoid any confrontation.
A source told The Sun: "Gemma and Jason will be kept separate so they won't be crossing paths backstage tonight.
"There is still no love lost between them.
"Their dressing rooms are on opposite sides of the venue so hopefully there won't be any more explosions between them."
The TOWIE star first branded Jason, 47, a ‘bully’ when he compared her to a fridge during an interview with Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield on This Morning earlier this week.
She wrote on Instagram at the time: “I’m really tired of being BULLIED by this man…
“I wish you would stop… it’s very upsetting and hurtful let it go.
“Jason stop bullying me ENOUGH is ENOUGH I won’t be bullied any more making me feel uncomfortable to come back to the final on Sunday!”
“This is NOT ACCEPTABLE on any level comparing any human to an electrical appliance #STANDUPTOBULLIES.”
View this post on Instagram
Thank you for such an AMAZING time today on @thismorning thank you to @schofe @hollywilloughby for always being so amazing and nice to me ❤️@loosewomen being part of the team today as a guest PANELLIST was a dream come true the ladies made me feel so welcome ❤️ and finally a HUGE HUGE THANKYOU to each and everyone of you supporting me through @dancingonice you was incredible and kept me going .... however it was my time to go last night and I went on such a high @dancingonice @themattevers heres to spoiling you rotten Friday ❤️ and not forgetting my glam squad @lucasmarmitage for my lovely clothes it’s so good to be back in high st clothing wearing @mango on @thismorning and @lipsylondon @loosewomen and shopping off the hanger @makeupbymikey for my lovely make up @hairbysarrah for my hair ❤️❤️ THANK YOU once again for voting for me every week ❤️❤️ I am now off to bed as I am ABSOLUTELY exhausted I can’t tell you it’s been a very busy time ❤️❤️
When asked about her Dancing on Ice experience on The Jonathan Ross Show this weekend, 38-year-old Gemma said: “The producers were amazing and I had an amazing time.
“The only thing that upset me was one of the judges and the only way I hit back was because he attacked my weight.”
She also confirmed that she will be skating in the grand final, despite Jason's comments which left her ‘hurt’ and ‘upset’.
"Do you know what, I did pull out and then I thought for everyone that has supported me, and for my own self esteem, I am not going to back down to anybody,” she told Jonathan.
"I am going to walk back on that show on Sunday night and I am going to skate like it's the last day of my life."
View this post on Instagram
I’m really tired of being BULLIED by this man .... I wish you would stop ..... it’s very very upsetting and hurtful let it go Jason stop bullying me ENOUGH is ENOUGH I won’t be bullied any more making me feel uncomfortable to come back to the final on Sunday ! I was looking forward to Sunday but won’t be anywhere near someone who’s BULLYING me .... this is NOT ACCEPTABLE on any level comparing any human to an electrical appliance is not acceptable #STANDUPTOBULLIES
Gemma is set to open the final with pro skating partner Matt Evers, performing to Beyoncé's Crazy in Love.
Dancing on Ice will return to screens at 6pm tonight on ITV.