Mr Nasty Jason Gardiner ups security after abuse
A source says: ‘He’s receiving vile abuse in the street and on Twitter.
‘It’s fair to say he’s the most hated man on TV right now.
‘He had no choice but to talk to bosses.
‘They agreed to provide him with protection at all times.’
Acid-tongued Jason, 41, caused outrage on the 27 January episode when he told Shayne Ward, 28, that his routine to Ricky Martin‘s Livin’ La Vida Loca was ‘more like Livin’ La Vida locked-in syndrome’.
The condition, caused by a stroke or brain injury, leaves sufferers paralysed except for their
As Now went to press, Ofcom had received dozens of complaints and several fans had gone online to call for ITV to sack him.
One angry viewer Tweeted: ‘@shayneTward I was upset by Jason‘s comment to you about locked-in syndrome on #DOI.
‘I’ve complained to Ofcom.
‘My son’s PVS [persistent vegetative state].’
Jason tried to defend himself, Tweeting: ‘I think it’s good to bring taboo topics into the open.’
But his haters remained unforgiving, with one calling him a ‘vile, horrible, obnoxious and warped creep’ and another Tweeting: ‘When I get down there, I’m going to kick Jason in the face.’
A DOI spokesman confirmed that Jason had security, saying that it was available to all cast and crew.
We’re told that he’s been making sure he’s flanked by a guard at all times.
Jason recently spoke to a newspaper about how death threats led him to quit in 2011.
‘When I left the show, the tone had become extremely nasty.
‘I’d gone from pantomime villain to bully,’ he said.
‘ITV told me to be controversial then hung me out to dry.
‘I started getting death threats… One person wrote to me: “I hope you die of AIDS.”‘