John Barrowman will replace Jason Gardiner on new Dancing on Ice series

John Barrowman will take over from Jason Gardiner on Dancing on Ice.

TV bosses were said to be delighted to offer the actor, 52, the role after Jason, 47, has upset contestants with his biting comments.

Former Dancing on Ice contestant John, who took part on the show in 2006, has returned to the ice rink to judge the competition.

A source told The Sun: “Producers are delighted to have got John.

“He’s a good fit for the show as he knows how it works and has done judging roles before.

“They also feel he’s a bit more wholesome than Jason, who put a lot of noses out of joint with some of his comments. They think John will be a big success.”

Jason waged war against outspoken Gemma Collins when she competed on the show last year.

The dancer was part of the original line-up of judges from 2006 until it finished in 2011.

Jason returned to the show in 2013 and again in 2018, both times when it was rebooted.

Whispers had tipped Strictly professional James Jordan for the role but it seems John beat him to the position.

It's been more than a decade since John put his skates on to train for Dancing on Ice with professional dancer Olga Sharutenko.

John competed on the first series of the ITV show and he was even a favourite to win it.

The actor recently charmed the TV audiences with his appearance on I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here when he entered the snake-infested jungle.

TV sensation John is best known in the showbiz world for his acting role on Doctor Who and its spin-off show Torchwood.

In January this year, the I'm A Celeb star gushed he would love to return to Dancing on Ice during a This Morning appearance.

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