Billie Faiers has quit ‘Dancing On Ice’. The former ‘The Only Way Is Essex’ star has been forced to pull
out of the ITV ice-skating show after suffering a concussion from a fall in the rink during rehearsals on Friday
(05.02.21). A source told NSL
Billie is the latest celebrity to have quit the show and this is just one crisis ITV has had to deal with during
this year’s series.
ex-Towie star, 31, was left with a concussion and ordered by medics to pull out of the ITV series for her own
safety. Rufus was kicked off after testing positive for coronavirus and Denise dislocated her shoulder and
was told she’d lost her place on the ice.
Last week Phillip Schofield revealed the ITV show can’t afford any more injuries or illness.
And it seems the show’s host jinxed things as now there are no stand-ins available to replace injured Billie.
“It is rigorous at the rink, which is how we’ve been able to keep the show on, but we are unfortunate that Rufus
should go,” Phillip said on This Morning.
“I asked my team about this and we realized that is the first time we’ve used both of our reserves.”
Olympian Amy Tinkler made her debut last weekend after replacing Denise.
Meanwhile, comedian Matt Richardson will step into Rufus’ skates tonight.
Phillip then went on to list the celebrities who have pulled out in previous series and been replaced by a star
“Series three Michael Underwood was injured so Zara Abraham stepped in and came third,” said Phil.
“Series seven, Chesney Hawkes withdrew because of an injury and was replaced by Chico who came third.
“Gareth Thomas withdrew but wasn’t replaced.
“Monty Panesar was injured before transmission and replaced by Lemar.
“Michael Barrymore was also injured in pre-transmission.
“Now Rufus Hound and Denise Van Outen have left from this year.”
Holly jumped in to warn Phillip about highlighting all of the injuries caused by signing up to the show.
“I’m amazed we get anyone to sign up for the show quite frankly,” she said.
“You’re sort of doing us a disservice here, Phil.
Judge Christopher Dean added: “I always say to the reserves, ‘practice, practice’, because you have got a 60
percent chance of being part of the show.
“This year is no different. It’s exciting for them and exciting for us as well.”