Jason Gardiner has officially quit Dancing On Ice, months after finishing his most controversial season yet.
The original skating judge confirmed the news on Instagram, amid reports that ITV were planning on replacing him.
The 47-year-old told fans: “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.”
“The show had been off air for four years and when it was revived I was the only original judge to return,” he continued.
“The past two series there have been new additions to the panel including the fantastic Ashley Banjo and the legends Torvill and Dean. I have absolutely loved sharing the panel with them.”
“After all these years I feel it’s time for me to say goodbye to my judging role and return to things I have been putting on hold and have been on the back burner for a while.”
He added: “To all of my DOI fans I really thank you for your support and encouragement over the years, I know we’ve gone through some controversies and I’m glad you got my unique judging style and honestly. It’s because of you I never cowered or shied away from serving up the truth.”
During 2019’s series of Dancing On Ice, Jason got into a bitter feud with Gemma Collins – which caused a lot of tension on and off the skating rink.
Dancing on Ice will return to ITV in early 2020, and a Love Island star has already been linked to the line-up.