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These day former Dancing on Ice judge Jason Gardiner is embarking on a career worlds away from the entertainment industry as an eco-friendly farmer in Portugal.

The Australian choreographer, 49, stepped down from the show in 2019 after a row with contestant Gemma Collins..

Now he is a 'Nomadic Permaculture Designer' and has adopted lifestyle changes like growing his own food and chopping wood instead of using central heating.

He told The Sun: "I was very lucky during lockdown. A neighbour of mine kindly offered that I get to use her allotment.

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"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."

Jason often takes to Instagram to discusses his lifestyle changes as he enjoys a new life in Portugal.

Jason received a fierce backlash in 2019 after comparing Gemma Collins to a refrigerator, with many fans claiming his comment was "fat shaming".

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He later took to social media to confirm he would not be returning for the 2020 series of the show.

The judge said: "I know there has been a lot of speculation about me and the upcoming series of Dancing on Ice. I wanted to set the record straight, I've been an original judge since 2006.

"I've done every series except one, when I was replaced by my good friend and dance sister Louis Spence in 2012."

Jason later apologised for comparing Gemma to a refrigerator.

He also insisted he didn't realise his remark had caused such offence.

He said: "Ignorance is bliss, I don't know about this. I don't engage on the social media platforms like that.

"It's something that I find gets magnified and distorted and people jump on a bandwagon. You can't really buy in to it."

When quizzed over his comments being interpreted as fat-shaming, he added: "Oh god no. If people are taking it that way I'm really sorry. It was a way of diffusing any tension and making light of the situation."

Ex-judge Jason also hit out at DOI hosts Holly Willoughby and her BFF Phillip Schofield for giving him the cold shoulder following his departure from the show.

He said: “I thought they would get in touch but I’ve learned this industry is full of fake and disingenuous people.”

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