Today, former Dancing on Ice Jury, Jason Gardiner, is a Portuguese green farmer embarking on a career outside the entertainment industry.
Australian choreographer (49) resigned from performances in 2019 following contender Gemma Collins.
Now, instead of using central heating as’Nomadic Permaculture Designer’, he has adopted lifestyle changes such as growing his own food and cutting trees.
He told The Sun: “I was very fortunate during the shutdown period. A neighbor kindly suggested that her quota be used.
“It changed my life. It was a very profound and beautiful experience. It took me on a different track.
“We are moving towards being self-sufficient, whether we want it or not. Becoming a food grower and being sustainable is the future.”
Jason frequents Instagram about his lifestyle changes while enjoying his new life in Portugal.
Jason had a fierce backlash in 2019 after comparing Gemma Collins to a refrigerator, and many fans claimed that his words were “fat shame.”
He later confirmed via social media that he would not return to the 2020 series show.
The judges said, “I know there was a lot of speculation with me about the upcoming Dancing on Ice series. I wanted to set the record right. I’ve been the original judge since 2006.
“I did all the series except in 2012 when I was replaced by my good friend and dance brother, Louis Spence.”
Jason later apologized for comparing Gemma to the refrigerator.
He also claimed that he did not realize that his remarks caused such crimes.
“I am happy with ignorance. I don’t know about this. I’m not involved in such social media platforms.”
“It’s magnified and distorted and people jump into the bandwagon. You can’t actually buy it.”
When he threw a quiz about what his remarks were interpreted as fat, he added, “No. I’m really sorry if people take it that way. It was a way to spread tension and brighten up the situation.”
Former judge Jason was also hit by DOI host Holly Willoughby and her BFF Phillip Schofield for showing a cool attitude after leaving the show.
“I thought they would get in touch, but I found this industry to be full of fakes and false people.”