Jason Donovan has reportedly been forced to quit Dancing on Ice after failing to recover from injuring his back.
Former Neighbours star Jason, 52, can no longer skate on the show after struggling to recover from the injury, despite the break from live shows on Sunday 21 February.
An ITV spokesperson shared the news in a statement which read: “Jason Donovan has brought us so much joy with his performances on Dancing On Ice – from Priscilla through to the tango.
“Our thanks go to Jason and his partner Alex for being so wonderful and committed to the series. We’re sorry to see them leave and we wish Jason a speedy recovery.”
Meanwhile, actor Jason previously said in a statement that he expected to return.
He said last week: “I’ve had back pain the past couple of days and I’m under doctor’s orders to take it easy and sit this week out.
“I’m resting up, I’ll be watching from home and cheering everyone on and I look forward to returning next week.“
Now, a source has claimed the latest revelation will be a fresh blow for the show, which has seen four other celebs forced to leave prematurely. They said: “It’s just utter carnage this year.
“There’s injuries left right and centre, and COVID on top of that. No one could have foreseen this level of drop outs,” they added to The Sun Online.
Australian actor Jason, who was paired with Alexandra Schauman, was advised to rest and originally vowed to return to the show, but has taken the expert advice of the show’s medical team.
Jason has been resting for the past week due to back pain, but hasn’t made a sufficient progress in his recovery to return to the show.
Jason is the fifth star who has been forced to drop out of this series alongside Billie Faiers, who was left concussed after hitting her head, Rufus Hound, Denise van Outen and Joe-Warren Plant.
It comes after Dancing on Ice aired a special show in place of the live competition on Sunday 21 February to give contestants time to recover from injuries.
The competition will return on Sunday 28 February with Rebekah Vardy, Lady Leshurr, Colin Jackson CBE, Sonny Jay and Faye Brookes returning to the ice along with their professional skating partners.
Professional skater Hamish Gaman was also forced to quit to show last week after injuring his finger.
He shared the news as he posted a video of himself with his skating partner Faye Brookes on the ice together and wrote a statement.
He wrote: “Hi everyone. I’m heartbroken that I’ll no longer be skating with @faye_brookes on @dancingonice. I’m so grateful that I don’t need any surgery on my finger, but if I stay in the show I could have an accident and make my injury much worse (it is series 13).”