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Denise hitting back at judge.

NORTH East actress Denise Welch has branded TV judge Jason Gardener a coward after his cruel comments.

His latest outburst saw the Loose Women star's husband Tim Healy leap up from his seat in the audience and confront the cap-wearing judge.

Actor Tim, 50, made the impromptu appearance on the stage of Dancing On Ice after Gardiner described Denise's performance as "like watching two people playing twister".

At first mum-of-two Denise seemed to laugh off the incident but the row took another twist yesterday when Gardiner made further comments about her after she was voted off the show on Sunday. He tweeted: "Those who think I was rude to Tim Healy can shove it.

"He got in my face with breath that smelt... while I was talking. I'm not perfect but at least I have oral hygiene."

The comments have overshadowed Denise's exit from the show alongside skating partner Matt Evers. Denise is now questioning if Gardiner is fit to continue as a judge on the popular TV show.

She said: "I have not had a go back at Jason the whole series because I understand he has a role to play. But this time he has overstepped the mark with what he said about Tim."

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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Mar 8, 2011
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