Jason Gardiner: Dancing On Ice’s Mr Nasty quits TV for eco-farming ‘Changed my life!’

Jason Gardiner says he is living ‘more sustainably’ in 2021

Jason Gardiner was best known for his role on the panel of Dancing On Ice, before he stepped down in 2019 after his dispute with celebrity contestant Gemma Collins. The Australian-born choreographer, who was branded “Mr Nasty” on the ITV show, has now addressed his radical career change.

The 49-year-old has adopted a new name as he describes himself as a “Nomadic Permaculture Designer”.

Jason now resides in Portugal and, after completing a course in biodiversity and sustainability, is travelling to different homes to teach people how to be more eco-friendly.

The former Dancing On Ice judge explained that he is now on a “different trajectory” in life.

The outspoken small-screen star has seemingly turned his back on fame.

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Speaking about his new move, Jason explained: “I was very lucky during lockdown. A neighbour of mine kindly offered that I get to use her allotment.

“It changed my life. It was really quite profound and a beautiful experience. It put me on a different trajectory.”

“We are moving towards being self-sufficient whether we like it or not. Being a grower of food and being sustainable is the future,” he added to The Sun.

Jason regularly takes to Instagram and updates his followers on his eco-friendly lifestyle.

In view of his 30,500 followers, the former judge shared a post, toasting to sustainability.

Jason wrote: “HERE’S TO A SUSTAINABLE 2021!

“What a tumultuous year it has been! We’ve all lost so much but we gained time… time to reflect, change, and let go. 2020 was about clear vision, seeing the truth for ourselves.

“2021 is all about what you choose to do with the truths you’ve learned.”


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Jason has also signed up to Cameo, where he charges £8.24 for a limited chat online and £15 for a flexibility video.

The choreographer announced he had quit Dancing On Ice after 13 years on the ITV show.

Back in August 2019, Jason shared a candid video message on Instagram explaining his decision.

He shared: “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.

“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.”

Jason’s departure comes after his infamous showdown with Gemma, who was a contestant on the show.

In an unearthed interview, Jason branded the former Only Way Is Essex star “lazy”.

Dancing On Ice returns this week with Torvill and Dean, John Barrowman and Ashley Banjo will resume their roles on the expert ice panel.

Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield will continue to present the series.

Dancing On Ice returns to ITV on Sunday at 6pm.

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