X Factor contestant Rylan Clark has claimed that Gary Barlow's "banter" has gone too far.
Clark, who regularly clashes with the judge on the show, told The Sun that while he is happy to exchange "panto" insults, he believes Barlow's comments have become "hateful" after he slammed the singer at a recent gig.
The Take That star told fans at his Mencap charity concert on Tuesday night that he thinks Clark is "absolute s**te" and encouraged them to chant "Get him out".
"We've got this banter in the studio and in the studio that's where it stays," Clark said. "So when I found out what he did at the gig it upset me because I thought, 'You've taken this out of the show now'.
"I'm not saying the word 'bully', not in the slightest bit. I just look at it and think it's not nice to get a crowd to do something like that... ever.
"It's a bit hateful. I'm all up for the panto but these people in the crowd are hardcore Gary fans. If he turns round and says something, that's in their head and they're the ones who come on Twitter to give me abuse.
"I get a lot of 'I Love Gary Barlow' people tweeting me and that's expected, but I don't think that helped this week.
"Without going into too much detail, if he does it again and carries on I'll just have to tell everyone how it really is. I'll lay it on the line."
Rylan: 'X Factor viewers should be locked up over homophobic abuse'
X Factor contestant Rylan Clark has angrily stated that viewers need to be "locked away" for the homophobic abuse they have been sending him online, declaring: "Enough is enough."
The controversial singer lashed out against the "absolutely disgraceful" comments on Twitter, stressing that he is just an "honest and genuine" person who has not used "sob stories" about his "seriously ill" mother to his advantage.
"Don't think people understand some of the stuff that I get sent day in and day out," he wrote. "Some of you should be locked away for your comments...regarding my sexuality, it's absolutely disgraceful. Imagine that was your son or brother that was receiving those messages enough is enough.
"I'm a 24 year old normal boy who has auditioned for Xfactor, never come from money, my mother is seriously ill, and not once have I used that...as a sob story or a reason to validate my place on the show.
"I would rather be judged on the reason why I'm actually on the show to sing...and perform."
He continued: "I TOTALLY understand I haven't got the best voice in the competition but have proved that I can just stand there and sing...for those of you that have supported me thank you [so] much."
Clark then appeared to make another dig at fellow X Factor star Christopher Maloney by saying that "the truth will always out" - a phrase he used when questioned about the Liverpudlian's alleged diva behaviour in a previous magazine interview.
"The truth will always out in the end and I look forward to the day when people see that I have been...honest and genuine throughout and polite to everyone during this process," he said, before "signing off".
The comments mark Clark's second Twitter tirade of the day after he hit back at X Factor judge Gary Barlow for describing him as "absolute s**te" at a gig this week.