Former Dancing On Ice judge Jason Gardiner quits showbiz to become an eco-friendly farmer in Portugal

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Jason Gardiner experienced a radical career change after leaving showbiz to become an eco-friendly farmer in Portugal.

The Australian choreographer, 49, was best known for his role as a controversial judge in Dancing On Ice, before stepping down in 2019 following his bitter dispute with candidate Gemma Collins.

And now Jason has turned his back on the entertainment industry to pursue a career as a “nomadic permaculture designer”.

The Simple Life: Jason Gardiner underwent a radical career change after quitting showbiz to become an eco-friendly farmer in Portugal

Jason lives in Portugal and, after taking a course in biodiversity and sustainability, goes to different homes to teach them how to become more environmentally friendly.

Jason told The Sun, “I was very lucky during the lockdown. One of my neighbors kindly offered to use her subdivision.

“It changed my life. It was really pretty deep and a great experience. It put me on a different path.

“We are moving towards self-sufficiency whether we like it or not. Being a food producer and being sustainable is the future.

Mr Nasty: The choreographer was best known for his role as a controversial judge in Dancing On Ice, before stepping down in 2019 following his argument with candidate Gemma Collins

Mr Nasty: The choreographer was best known for his role as a controversial judge in Dancing On Ice, before stepping down in 2019 following his argument with candidate Gemma Collins

Interesting: And now Jason has turned his back on the entertainment industry to pursue a career as a `` nomadic permaculture designer ''

Interesting: And now Jason has turned his back on the entertainment industry to pursue a career as a “nomadic permaculture designer”

The former Dancing On Ice judge posts videos on his Instagram where he talks about his lifestyle changes including chopping wood instead of central heating.

He captioned his last Instagram post 2020: “HERE IS A SUSTAINABLE 2021 What a tumultuous year!

“We have all lost so much but we have gained time… time to think, change and let go. 2020 was a clear vision, seeing the truth for ourselves. 2021 is about whatever you choose to do with the truths you’ve learned.

The post reports that Jason has signed up for Cameo, however, where he charges £ 8.24 for time-limited online chat and £ 15 for flexibility videos.

Career change: Jason lives in Portugal and after taking a course on biodiversity and sustainability he goes to different homes to teach them how to become more environmentally friendly

Career change: Jason lives in Portugal and after taking a course on biodiversity and sustainability he goes to different homes to teach them how to become more environmentally friendly

In 2019, Jason took to social media to confirm that he will not be returning for the 2020 Dancing On Ice series.

The ruthless 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 have been an original judge since 2006. ”

“I did all the sets except one, when I was replaced by my good friend and dance sister Louis Spence in 2012.”

Jason has received backlash for his cruel comments towards TOWIE star Gemma, who appeared on the show in 2019.

This sparked rumors that ITV was fielding a new judge to replace him.

Mean: After his release, Jason apologized for comparing Gemma Collins to a refrigerator and insisted that he didn't realize her remark caused such a reaction.

Mean: After his release, Jason apologized for comparing Gemma Collins to a refrigerator and insisted he didn’t realize her remark had caused such a reaction.

He later apologized for likening her to a refrigerator and insisted that he didn’t realize her remark caused such a reaction.

He said, “Ignorance is happiness, I don’t know about it. I don’t engage on social media platforms like this.

“It’s something that I find magnified and distorted and people jump on the bandwagon. You can’t really buy into it.

When told that his comments were interpreted as shame, he added, “Oh my god no. If people take it that way, I’m so sorry. It was a way to allay any tension and shed some light on the situation.

Gemma had previously criticized Jason for “bullying” her over his comment and announced that she wouldn’t be in the final because she didn’t want him to be “anywhere near” to him.

He was then replaced as judge by John Barrowman.

New face: John Barrowman replaced Jason on the jury (pictured above in March 2019)

New face: John Barrowman replaced Jason on the jury (pictured above in March 2019)

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