Jason Donovan resigned Dancing on ice after he had not recovered from a back injury – becoming the seventh person to retire from the series.
Doctors ordered the 52-year-old actor and singer to rest his recovery time a few weeks ago, and they hoped he would be able to return to the ice this weekend.
But Donovan said: “I am disappointed to be able to post this because of this ongoing back problem that has occurred Dancing on ice about 10 days ago, and on the advice of my medical team on the show, that unfortunately I can’t continue the competition and that I therefore have to retire.
“We’ve put so much effort into getting to this point, but I have to respect my health and my body as it moves forward. That’s my top priority.”
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Ex Neighbors the star thanked Dancing on ice team, especially celebrities “who have become friends”.
He added: “The most important thing is that I want to thank Alex [Schauman], my dance partner, who was an absolute beacon of support for me. She believed in me when sometimes I didn’t even believe myself. She was patient. And that time we spent together on the ice – that was the whole experience for me. And that friendship I have with her transcends the show. “
Spokeswoman Dancing on ice he added, “We thank Jason and his partner Alex for being so wonderful and committed to the series. We’re sorry to see them go away and wish Jason a speedy recovery.”
The famous ITV skaters competition was taken down last week and replaced by a show of the most interesting parts, after being hit by multiple injuries and positive tests for coronavirus. Now only five celebrities remain in the race, with a few weeks left until the finals.
The unfortunate 13th series has already seen actor Denise Van Outen pull out due to a broken shoulder while she was a former The only way is Essex star Billie Shepherd had to resign after a concussion.
The cast was subjected to regular coronavirus testing, after which comedian Rufus Hound left after a positive COVID test, followed by Emmerdaleis Joe-Warren Plant, who was also positive.
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Professional skater Hamish Gaman – partner Coronation Street actor Faye Brookes – left the series after injuring his arm. Professional skater Yebin Mok had to retire from the series before it started after her partner Graham Bell accidentally stabbed her leg with a skate during training.
ITV has not yet confirmed reports to Joe-Warren Plant and his partner may be allowed to return to the competition.
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