Jason Donovan QUITS Dancing On Ice: Neighbors star becomes FIFTH contestant to retire from ‘cursed’ skating show after failing to recover from back injury
Jason Donovan has left Dancing On Ice.
The Neighbors star, 52, had told fans he was taking a week off to recover from a back injury, but has now announced that he will not be returning to the ITV show.
He becomes the fifth star to withdraw from the ‘cursed’ competition after Denise Van Outen, Billie Faiers, Rufus Hound and Joe-Warren Plant were also forced to leave.
He went out! Jason Donovan quit Dancing On Ice after failing to recover from back injury
ITV said in a statement: “ Jason Donovan has brought us so much joy with his performances on Dancing On Ice – from Priscilla to tango.
“ Our thanks go to Jason and his partner Alex for being so wonderful and committed to the show. We are sorry to see them go and we wish Jason a speedy recovery.
Jason had previously announced that he had been advised to rest due to a back injury but had vowed to return to the show.
It was then revealed that Dancing On Ice would take a hiatus Sunday February 21 to give the skaters time to recover after a series of axes.
Recovery: The show was filled with drama, with the Australian artist becoming the latest in a long line of celebrity outings (pictured with Alexandra Schauman earlier this month)
The actor said in a statement at the time: “ I’ve had back pain the last few days and I’m under doctor’s orders to take things slow and sit down this week.
“I’m resting, I’m going to watch from home and cheer on everyone and I can’t wait to come back next week.
This year’s series has been hit by a long line of celebrity releases, leaving some to think the season is ‘cursed’ and producers running out of ‘saves’ for the first time.
Emmerdale’s Joe-Warren and his professional partner Vanessa were forced to step down after both testing positive for COVID-19 as Denise left the series after injuring her shoulder in three places and having it dislocated.
Oh dear: Denise Van Outen (pictured with Matt Evers last month) was also forced to give up, having dislocated her shoulder and Billie Faiers was forced to quit after hitting her head
Billie was then forced out of competition after hitting her head and suffering a concussion, while Rufus announced her release from shock after testing positive for coronavirus.
News of Jason’s exit from the show follows speculation that Joe-Warren and Vanessa could return after completing their 10-day isolation at Covid.
According to The Sun, if the Emmerdale actor and his pro partner test negative before the next show, they will be allowed to return, after Friday’s announcement they would quit the show.
It has already been stated by the skating show that a positive test would mean permanent exclusion from the series.
Upset: Emmerdale’s Joe-Warren Plant (pictured) and his partner Vanessa Bauer were forced to step down after testing positive for Covid, but there is speculation they could return after completing their isolation
However, with the show’s drop in attendance due to multiple injuries, it’s no surprise that they seem to be considering revising the rules.
It is understood that the bosses did not extend the same offer to other couples as they all missed more than one public vote.
Joe-Warren and Vanessa will likely be allowed to return as they only missed a week of the public vote due to their positive Covid test.
TBEN reached out to Dancing On Ice reps Joe-Warren and Vanessa for comment at the time.
Dancing On Ice continues this Sunday at 6 p.m. with Rebekah Vardy, Lady Leshurr, Colin Jackson, Sonny Jay and Faye Brookes remaining in the competition.
Dancing On Ice 2021: a series of unfortunate events
Graham Bell’s partner Yebin Mok suffers freak accident after suffering ‘a very nasty injury from an ice blade’.
While it was initially believed that she would return to competition, the injuries were worse than expected and she was replaced by Karina Manta. They were rejected on Saturday.
Denise Van Outen has announced that she quit Dancing On Ice after learning she broke her shoulder in an accident while training.
The presenter, 46, shared a statement on Instagram telling fans she pulled the show after being told by medics the injury would leave her severely limited in training.
Denise will be replaced by retired Olympic gymnast Amy Tinkler, 21, who will make her ice debut this Sunday alongside pro Joe Johnson.
Billie Faiers reveals her grandmother Wendy tragically passed away
Following the news, it was revealed that the former TOWIE star will not appear on the next episode of the ITV skating show After the Death.
It was confirmed Thursday by TBEN that Billie, 31, and her sister Sam’s grandmother had died at the age of 77 from pneumonia.
Following the news, a DOI representative revealed that Billie would miss the Sunday show as she mourned the “ devastating ” loss of her parent.
Rufus Hound withdraws from the show after testing positive for COVID.
The comedian, 41, took to Twitter on Wednesday night to announce in a tweet and accompanying video message that he unfortunately had to withdraw from the ITV skating competition.
The show’s bosses have confirmed that Rufus and his pro partner Robin Johnstone have both been kicked out of Dancing On Ice and will be replaced by Matt Richardson, 29, and his pro partner Vicky Ogden this weekend.