Jason Gardiner has apologised for ‘referring’ to Gemma Collins as ‘a refrigerator.’
The Dancing On Ice judge said he thought the ‘GC’, which is Gemma’s alter-ego, was a refrigerator – but he has since clarified his comments.
During his appearance on Heart Breakfast, the show’s host asked Jason, “So you’re in no way suggesting a correlation between a refrigerator and Gemma’s size? Because that’s how it’s being taken.”
Jason insisted he was not referring to Gemma’s size, as he said: “Oh God, no. It was really to do with the GC part of it, because she has this alter ego you know, self-proclaimed GC and it’s really interesting.”
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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
He continued: “And every time I hear it, it makes me think of a white goods appliance. I was trying to make light of it really and just have some levity with it and because what I don’t like to do is constantly make this anything that it isn’t.”
Jason then apologised for anyone who misunderstood.
“If people are taking it that way, look I’m really sorry it was just a way of just diffusing any tension and making light of the situation and the GC part of her persona,” he said.
When asked if he’ll make it up to her when he sees her at the DOI final this weekend, Jason replied: “Sure. If she needs a hug, I’ll give her a hug.”