Fans of Dancing On Ice will of course know that there’s no love lost between Karen Barber and returning judge Jason Gardiner…
Jason was of course replaced by Pineapple Studios star Louie Spence on the DOI judging bench last year after Jason had an on-air row with Karen, which left her in floods of tears.
TV Biz reports, “Yesterday the two met for the first time in almost two years at the show’s glitzy launch.
“And typically Jason threw the first punch, saying he wants to sit with new judge Ashley Roberts.”
He told the paper, “It’s the first time I’ve seen Karen since we fell out…
“It was frosty — but that’s Karen. The grudge is still firmly in place.
“I don’t know if we’ll be sat next to each other. I guess we’d be closer to slap each other!”
Claws still firmly out, Jason added, “I want to sit next to the glamorous one, Ashley. She’s a little minx.
“We needed some glamour on the panel and now we’ve got it.
“She’s young, gorgeous — and she’s a dancer. So it’s even now — two skaters and two dancers.”
Karen and Jason’s very public row occurred after he taunted her about losing her judging role when she became head coach.
However, Karen apparently played down the feud, saying, “We all bring something to the panel. I’m sure we’ll all be professional.”
But she added, “Ice skating is about opinions, I stand by mine. I know skating inside out.”
Here’s a reminder of Jason and Karen rowing…