Katona 'needed counselling' after Ice judge's barbs

Kerry Katona turned to counselling after receiving criticism from Jason Gardiner on 'Dancing On Ice'.

Kerry Katona turned to counselling after receiving criticism from Jason Gardiner on 'Dancing On Ice'.

The 30-year-old contestant says the "a***wipe" judge's comments have been so "hurtful" on the ITV1 ice skating show she had to talk to psychologists to get over them.

Tough-talking Jason - who earlier this week caused more than 3,500 viewers to call for his sacking after making barbed comments to head coach Karen Barber - has made a series of jibes towards Kerry, including calling her "dependent" on her ice skating partner Dan Whiston two weeks ago.

The blonde star said: "Jason's comments really played on my mind. I'm stronger than I was but I'm on a journey.

"I went to see (psychologists) Nik and Eva (Speakman) after the show that week. They really helped. A lot of how I was feeling was because of how Jason put me down on TV."

She added: "I try not to give a s**t about his comments anymore because they are so personal and so hurtful. Jason is an a***wipe. But I'm still a very fragile person. I take it to heart."

Kerry is now backing those who think 45-year-old Jason should be fired - and thinks dance expert Louie Spence should be hired in his place instead.

She told The News Of The World: "At first I thought it was a bit of a pantomime with Jason - but it is as real as it gets. It's so hurtful. He gets far too personal. It can knock you massively.

"All I can say is bring Louie on in Jason's place. He would make his criticism funny, not personal."

Jason sparked fury after telling ice-skating expert Karen, 49 - who was dropped from the judging panel for this series - her opinions didn't matter as they argued over war hero Johnson Beharry's performance.

At one point he told her: "If your opinion still mattered you'd be on the panel."

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