Hopes Aussie’s crude com­ments pull view­ers

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - TELEVISION -

tele­vi­sion net­work hopes the cut­ting crit­i­cism of an Aus­tralian judge will give its re­al­ity show a much-needed boost. Mel­bourne-born chore­og­ra­pher, singer and the­atre pro­ducer Ja­son Gar­diner, 41, who left ITV’s Danc­ing on Ice in 2011, will be back for the show’s 2013 se­ries, Bri­tish me­dia out­lets report. Gar­diner’s com­ments to con­tes­tants of­ten caused con­tro­versy but also raised rat­ings, with the pro­gram los­ing some two mil­lion view­ers af­ter his de­par­ture. Dur­ing one show, Gar­diner told former Bri­tish Olympic swim­mer Shar­ron Davies: ‘‘You look like fae­cal mat­ter that won’t flush, that goes around and around but doesn’t go any­where.’’ Gar­diner was also a judge on Chan­nel 9’s Torvill and Dean’s Danc­ing on Ice.

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