The Dancing On Ice judge was met with backlash from the former contestant yesterday after making the comment on This Morning.
Gemma lashed out on social media, declaring that she was dropping out of her appearance at Sunday’s grand final.
She’d previously said she couldn’t wait to skate again and to see who wins, but now she says she’s going nowhere near the ITV show.
Sharing Mirror Online’s story about Jason’s comment, she posted on Instagram : “I’m really tired of being BULLIED by this man …. I wish you would stop ….. it’s very very upsetting and hurtful let it go Jason stop bullying me ENOUGH is ENOUGH I won’t be bullied any more making me feel uncomfortable to come back to the final on Sunday !
“I was looking forward to Sunday but won’t be anywhere near someone who’s BULLYING me …. this is NOT ACCEPTABLE on any level comparing any human to an electrical appliance is not acceptable #STANDUPTOBULLIES”
Now, Jason has explained what he meant as he chatted to Jamie Theakston and Lucy Horobin on their Heart breakfast show.
He said: “It was really to do with the GC part of it, because she has this alter ego – you know, self-proclaimed GC and it’s really interesting.
“And every time I hear it, it makes me think of a white goods appliance. I was trying to make light of it really and just have some levity with it and because what I don’t like to do is constantly make this anything that it isn’t.”
When asked if he was making any correlation between a refrigerator and Gemma’s size, Jason said: “Oh God no!”
“Because that’s how it’s being taken,” Lucy said.
And Jason added: “Yeah and if people are taking it that way, look I’m really sorry – it was just a way of just diffusing any tension and making light of the situation and the GC part of her persona.”
Jamie asked: “Will you make up when you see her at the weekend, if she’s there?”
And Jason promised to comfort Gemma if that’s what she wants.
He said: “Sure. If she needs a hug, I’ll give her a hug.”
* Tune in to Heart Breakfast with Jamie and Lucy, weekdays from 6am – 9am
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