Jason Donovan QUITS Dancing On Ice: Star becomes the FIFTH contestant to bow out of ‘cursed’ show

Jason Donovan has quit Dancing On Ice.

The neighbours star, 52, had told fans he was taking a week off to recover from a back injury however he has now announced he won’t be returning to the ITV show.

He becomes the fifth star to bow out of the ‘cursed’ competition after Denise Van Outen, Billie Faiers, Rufus Hound and Joe-Warren Plant also had to leave.

He's out! Jason Donovan has quit Dancing On Ice after failing to recover from a back injury

He's out! Jason Donovan has quit Dancing On Ice after failing to recover from a back injury

He’s out! Jason Donovan has quit Dancing On Ice after failing to recover from a back injury

ITV said in a statement: ‘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.’ 

Jason had previously announced that he’d been advised to rest due to a back injury, but had vowed to return to the show.

It was then revealed that DOI would be taking a break on Sunday (February 21) to give the skaters time to recover following a series of axes.

Recovery: The show has been filled with drama with the Australian performer becoming the latest in a long line of celeb exits (pictured with Alexandra Schauman earlier this month)

Recovery: The show has been filled with drama with the Australian performer becoming the latest in a long line of celeb exits (pictured with Alexandra Schauman earlier this month)

Recovery: The show has been filled with drama with the Australian performer becoming the latest in a long line of celeb exits (pictured with Alexandra Schauman earlier this month)

The actor had said in a statement at the time: ‘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.’ 

However on Monday Jason announced his exit from the competition, sharing a video to Facebook as he told fans he’s ‘completely gutted’ to withdraw.

Jason said: ‘I am devastated to announce that due to this ongoing back issue which occurred on DOI about 10 days ago and at the advice of my medial team in the show that unfortunately I can’t continue the completion and therefore have to withdraw.

‘It’s a nightmare and I completely gutted we put so much work into getting to this point but I have to respect my heath and body moving forward and that’s my biggest priority.’

The actor continued by thanking everyone at Dancing On Ice, from the judges to the hosts and crew, for their support during his stint on the rink.

He continued: ‘And I want to thank the celebs whose become friends and the pros who just do such a good job with us all. I want to thank the fans for voting for me. 

‘At times those costumes were colourful and moves slightly dubious but we tried! We went out there and gave it our best.’

However his biggest praise was saved for his pro partner Alex, who he called a ‘beacon of support’ during the competition. 

Jason gushed: ‘Most importably I want to thank Alex, my dance partner who has been a beacon of support and believed in me at times I didn’t even believe in myself.

‘She’s been patient and that time we’ve spent together on the ice rehearsing and getting these routines has been what this whole experience has been about, and that friendship that I have with her goes beyond the show.’

Oh dear: Denise Van Outen (pictured with Matt Evers last month) was forced to drop out too, after she dislocated her shoulder and Billie Faiers was forced to quit after hitting her head

Oh dear: Denise Van Outen (pictured with Matt Evers last month) was forced to drop out too, after she dislocated her shoulder and Billie Faiers was forced to quit after hitting her head

Oh dear: Denise Van Outen (pictured with Matt Evers last month) was forced to drop out too, after she dislocated her shoulder and Billie Faiers was forced to quit after hitting her head

The star finished his emotional video, saying: ‘I want to wish everyone the best for the series, I will be sitting at home this Sunday night and watching and cheering you all on. In the meantime, stay safe and stay healthy and take lots of care.’

This year’s series has been hit by a long line of celeb exits, leaving some to think the season is ‘cursed’, and producers to run out of ‘back ups’ for the first time.

Emmerdale’s Joe-Warren and his pro partner Vanessa were forced to withdraw after they both tested positive for COVID-19 while Denise exited the show after injuring her shoulder in three places and dislocating it.

Billie was then forced to quit the competition after hitting her head and suffering from a concussion, while Rufus announced his shock exit after testing positive for coronavirus. 

As well as the celebs, pro skater Yebin Mok, who was partnered with Graham Bell, had to bow out of the show after a freak accident after suffering ‘a very nasty wound from an ice blade’.  

And last week skater Hamish Gaman, who had been competing with Faye Brookes,  also withdrew from the series following an accident while putting on a sock.  

News of Jason’s exit from the show follows speculation that Joe-Warren and Vanessa may return after completing their 10-day Covid isolation.

According to the Sun, if the Emmerdale actor and his pro partner receive a negative test before the next show they will be allowed to return, after it was announced on Friday they would be leaving the programme. 

It has previously been stated by the skating show that one positive test would mean permanent exclusion from the series.

Upset: Emmerdale's Joe-Warren Plant (pictured) and his partner Vanessa Bauer were forced to withdraw after they tested positive for Covid, however there's speculation they could return after completing their isolation

Upset: Emmerdale's Joe-Warren Plant (pictured) and his partner Vanessa Bauer were forced to withdraw after they tested positive for Covid, however there's speculation they could return after completing their isolation

Upset: Emmerdale’s Joe-Warren Plant (pictured) and his partner Vanessa Bauer were forced to withdraw after they tested positive for Covid, however there’s speculation they could return after completing their isolation

However due to the show’s dropping number of contestants due to several injuries, it is no surprise they appear to be considering revising the rules.

It is understood that bosses have not extended the same offer to other pairings because they all missed more than one public vote. 

Joe-Warren and Vanessa will likely be allowed to return as they have only missed one week of the public vote due to their positive Covid test.

MailOnline contacted Dancing On Ice, Joe-Warren and Vanessa’s representatives for further comment at the time. 

Dancing On Ice will continued this Sunday at 6pm 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 

January 13

Graham Bell’s partner Yebin Mok suffers a freak accident after suffering ‘a very nasty wound from an ice blade’. 

While it was initially thought she would return to the competition, the injuries were worse than anticipated and she was replaced by Karina Manta. They were voted out on Saturday.

January 26

Denise Van Outen announced she’s quit Dancing On Ice after learning she’d fractured her shoulder in an accident during training. 

The presenter, 46, shared an Instagram statement telling fans she’d withdrawn the show after being told by doctors 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.

January 28 

Billie Faiers reveals her grandmother Wendy has tragically passed away

In the wake of the news it was revealed that the former TOWIE star wouldn’t appear in the next episode of the ITV skating show following the death.

It was confirmed by MailOnline on Thursday that Billie, 31, and her sister Sam’s grandmother had passed away aged 77 from pneumonia.

Following the news, a representative for DOI revealed that Billie will miss Sunday’s show as she grieves the ‘devastating’ loss of her relative.

February 3 

Rufus Hound withdraws from the show after testing positive for COVID. 

The comedian, 41, took to Twitter on Wednesday evening to announce in a tweet and accompanying video message that he has sadly had to withdraw from the ITV skating competition.  

Show bosses confirmed that Rufus and his professional partner Robin Johnstone have both been axed from Dancing On Ice and will be replaced by Matt Richardson, 29, and his pro-skater partner Vicky Ogden this weekend. 

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