Former Dancing On Ice judge Jason Gardiner has spoken out about his time on the show and said by the end of his time it became "toxic".

In 2019, he had a public feud with TOWIE star Gemma Collins where the pair had a number of rather intense fighting matches whenever he gave her feedback.

He has since described the experience as "traumatic", and appeared on This Morning explaining that he had crippling anxiety in lockdown last year, with the bust-up with Gemma Collins leaving him mentally strained.

What's more the choreographer has branded the show "flat, worn out, and cold" after watching this year's show.

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The feud between the pair during 2019's Dancing On Ice has had a "toxic" effect on Jason

Sharing his displeasure, Jason told The Sun: "They should never have done it in the first place and it's playing out now they're going to have to shorten the show — that's a classic fail."

He added that he had tried to watch the latest series but felt it was 'flat' and 'predictable', and claimed it was obvious the stars were under so much pressure they looked worn down while skating.

Jason consulted his lawyers after Gemma Collins accused him live on air of "selling stories" about her - a claim he vehemently denied.

Jason said: "By the end the show was too toxic.

"I went through some very dark times after it all played out and I realised I wasn’t valued in any way, shape or form by ITV."

Gemma also accused Jason of being a bully because he compared her to a refrigerator.

Jason and Gemma numerous feuds live on air

On Instagram Gemma wrote: "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."

The current judging panel consists of Christopher Dean, Jayne Torvill, Ashley Banjo and John Barrowman.

This year's final has been brought forward by one week due to several contestants unexpectedly leaving the show due to an injury or Covid.

Dancing On Ice airs Sunday at 6pm on ITV.