Dancing On Ice judge Jason Gardiner has said the other contestants on the show will have their "time to shine" now that Gemma Collins has been eliminated.

The 38-year-old reality star departed the popular show on Sunday evening after ending up in the skate-off for the first time, where she went head to head with Ryan Sidebottom.

Collins and Gardiner have clashed throughout the series, prompted when he said Collins was channelling the late model Anna Nicole Smith instead of Marilyn Monroe during one routine. The Only Way is Essex star later accused Gardiner of selling stories about her.

Dancing on Ice judge Jason Gardiner has said he's glad Gemma Collins has left the show

Speaking on Lorraine, Gardiner said: "I'm relieved for the other contestants that are in the show who are really brilliant that now the focus can be on their merit and how hard they've worked."

Asked by host Lorraine Kelly if his recent feud with Collins was personal, Gardiner added: "I didn't know who Gemma was until this series, I've never seen her show so I wasn't familiar with who she was, so there was nothing personal until it did get personal, and she accused me of something really quite libellous.

"Actually it was disturbing because she never actually apologised either, so that to me shows real character."

Gardiner said he does regret the attention that came with his spat with Collins, "because actually these other contestants have been blooming whilst all of this has been blooming going on, so it's different.

"I'm glad that now the contestants that we have in the show now are going to have their time to shine."

Collins, who had been partnered with professional skater Matt Evers in the show, was the fifth celebrity to leave the series.

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