Presenter Phillip Schofield has branded complaints about the spat between Jason Gardiner and Karen Barber on Dancing On Ice “crazy”.

Around 2,000 people complained to ITV after the pair clashed on air on Sunday over the performance by soldier Johnson Beharry.

Schofield attempted to defuse the row today with a lengthy post on his Twitter account.

He said: “Right, enough. Please do not expect me to condemn Jason or to expect his sacking! Firstly he is a friend. Secondly a telly spat is not a sackable offence, even if it is misplaced.”

He also said: “It’s crazy Ofcom have been swamped by complaints”, adding that he was “a big fan” of both Gardiner and Barber and said they should both stay on the show.

The complaints followed an argument which broke out when skating coach Barber, a former judge on the ITV1 show, took issue with the low score Gardiner gave the war hero.

Gardiner snapped back, saying: “If your opinion still mattered you’d be on the panel.”

The row spilled over into the results show, with Gardiner apologising but branding Barber “over-emotional”, while she said he was “a nasty, nasty man”.

An ITV spokesman said: “The producers of Dancing On Ice have made it clear to Jason that this type of comment is unacceptable. Jason is sorry for his behaviour and any offence caused to Karen.”