Jason Gardiner has made a name for himself on Dancing on Ice thanks to his savage critiques.
However, while his harsh feedback always stirs up a reaction, some viewers of the show have now taken things a step further, branding the controversial judge “sexist”.
Noting that the Australian choreographer and theatre producer appeared to be “being overly harsh towards female contestants” this series, fans went wild on social media and online comment boards as they discussed Jason’s scoring so far.
Taking to Twitter, one show viewer fumed: “Are we just gonna ignore the fact that Jason Gardiner clearly hates all women #DancingonIce”.
While another agreed with the allegations on an online comment board, writing: “He does not appear to like The Ladies”.
“He gave James [Jordan] an 8 last week but Melody [Thornton] was a 4.5. He seriously undermarked her,” another fumed, as a fourth chipped in: “He also gave Jane Danson a 3.0 when she deserved far more!”
Jason’s marking hasn’t only raised eyebrows among viewers this series, as even some of his fellow judges have expressed their shock on several occasions, and accused him of under-marking.
Last weekend, Ashely Banjo appeared floored as Jason handed Gemma Collins a mere two and a half points, and on Sunday he was equally gob-smacked that he didn’t give Melody Thornton more than four and a half.
Despite Jason facing backlash for his marking so far this season, many viewers rushed to his defence as he was branded “sexist’,” insisting that he was actually just a harsh marker across the board.
“Jason always undermarks everybody,” one responded. “He is just an attention seeker who wants to steal the limelight from those on the panel who actually know what they are talking about”.
As another wrote: “It’s not really underscoring though, is it? I mean, if this were a real competition, they’d be getting much lower marks.
“So long as he’s generally scoring lower than the other judges, does it matter? Everyone knows what to expect and at least he’s got somewhere to go by the end of the series.”
Mirror Online have contacted Dancing on Ice for comment.
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