Billie Faiers has been forced to withdraw from Dancing On Ice 2021 after suffering a fall during training.
An ITV spokesperson confirmed to MailOnline the Mummy Diaries star, 31, was forced to quit the show after suffering concussion following the fall, making her the third celebrity to pull out of the 2021 series.
It comes just days after Rufus Hound confirmed he’d also been dropped from the show after testing positive for COVID-19 for the second time.
Sad news: Billie Faiers, 31, has been forced to withdraw from Dancing On Ice 2021 after suffering a fall during training (pictured skating with Mark Henretty)
An ITV spokesperson said: ‘During rehearsals for this week’s show, Billie Shepherd has had a fall.
‘Taking the expert advice of the Dancing On Ice medical team, she sadly cannot perform this weekend and will therefore now withdraw from the competition.
‘We wish Billie well as she now takes the time to rest and recover.’
An ITV representative also confirmed to MailOnline that Billie will not be replaced for the remainder of the competition.
Tragic news: An ITV spokesperson confirmed to MailOnline the Mummy Diaries star was forced to quit the show after suffering concussion following the fall
Billie had previously taken a week-long break from the show following the death of her grandmother Wendy.
A DOI spokesperson said at the time: ‘Sadly due to a family bereavement this week Billie Shepherd is taking a break from the ice and won’t be on Sunday’s show. We look forward to her returning next week and send her all of our love at this sad time.’
And on Wednesday, Billie confirmed that she had returned to Dancing On Ice training as she shared a picture from skate partner Mark Hanretty in which he said: ‘#BackAtItAgain.’
While Billie captioned the clip saying: ‘I have some serious catching up to do.’
Back at it: On Wednesday, Billie confirmed that she had returned to Dancing On Ice training after missing a week to grieve following the death of her grandmother Wendy
Dancing On Ice 2021: A Series Of Unfortunate Events
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.
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.
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.
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.
Billie Faiers withdraws from the show after suffering concussion following a fall in training.
An ITV spokesperson said: ‘Taking the expert advice of the Dancing On Ice medical team, she sadly cannot perform this weekend and will therefore now withdraw from the competition’
It was also confirmed that Billie would not be replaced by another celebrity.
During her short-lived Dancing On Ice stint, Billie only performed once with her skating partner Mark Hanretty, with their Spice Girls-themed skate earning a score of 25 points out of 40.
Billie is the third celebrity this series that has been forced to withdraw from Dancing On Ice, following in the wake of comedian Rufus Hound and presenter Denise Van Outen.
His withdrawal came after he had already missed two weeks of shows due to self-isolation – during which he tested positive with ‘a mild case’ of Covid.
Despite completing the government mandated quarantine time to recover from coronavirus, strict rules at ITV dictated he couldn’t return at all.
Sad news: Billie is the third celebrity this series that has been forced to withdraw from Dancing On Ice, following in the wake of comedian Rufus Hound (pictured)
Show bosses confirmed that Rufus and his professional partner Robin Johnstone were both axed from Dancing On Ice and will be replaced by Matt Richardson, 29, and his pro-skater partner Vicky Ogden this weekend.
On January 23, it was revealed that Rufus would miss two shows after coming into contact with somebody with coronavirus. He had to pull out in accordance with government guidelines, which state that he had to isolate for 10 days.
During his isolation however, he discovered he had contracted the virus himself and despite completing the quarantine period, strict ITV rules state that he cannot return in a nod to the safety of stars and crew on the show.
Breaking the news to his followers, Rufus tweeted: ‘I will no longer be participating Dancing On Ice. COVID is – as I’m sure we’re all well aware – a b**tard and sadly the world isn’t short of those.’
In his own words: The comedian announced in a video message that he has sadly had to withdraw from the ITV skating competition after testing positive for Covid for the second time
In a statement, ITV spokesperson said: ‘We can confirm that following a positive test result, Rufus Hound is unable to return to Dancing On Ice this weekend.
‘Although Rufus and his partner Robin’s time on the ice has been all too brief, they can be truly proud of their achievements. We thank them for all their hard work and commitment to the show.’
With the departure of Rufus and Robin, comedian Matt Richardson and his pro-skater partner Vicky Ogden will replace them on the line up from this weekend.
It’s hoped that when the full cast reunite for the series’ final, Rufus will be able to be back in the studio with everyone.
Ahead of his axe, Rufus had already missed two live shows of the competition after isolating because he came into contact with someone with covid, before testing positive with a ‘mild case’ himself.
His replacement: Rufus will be replaced by comedian Matt Richardson this weekend
The announcement of his departure from the show came after Dancing On Ice informed all the celebrity skaters and their professional partners that if they test positive for coronavirus they will immediately be axed from the ITV show.
An insider told The Sun of the rules: ‘Any of the celebrities or their partners going down with Covid now would mean two weeks out of the competition and training. It would leave them dangerously under-trained and it’s too risky to then have them skate.’
The insider added that the producers have to take the public vote into consideration, pointing out: ‘There’s the integrity of the public vote, which is the most important thing on the show.’
An ITV spokeswoman has explained to MailOnline: ‘We have stringent protocols to ensure the health and safety of all our contributors and staff which are routinely monitored and updated to reflect government guidelines.’
‘Following the guidance on isolation, a positive Covid-19 diagnosis for any of our cast at this stage would mean two weeks missed and sadly an end to their time on the show. It has always been the case that no celebrity skater has missed more than one public vote.’
Another early exit: Denise Van Outen was forced to pull out of the competition early due to injury as she learned she’d fractured her shoulder in training
Rufus revealed on Twitter on Friday night that he had Covid, explaining he had isolated as soon as coming into contact, tested five days later and is at the end of having it. He said it was a ‘very mild case’.
He said: ‘I’ve had Covid. Isolated when I knew I’d come into contact with it, tested five days later, am coming to the end of having had it, luckily v mild case.’
The news that Rufus’ Dancing On Ice journey had come to an abrupt end comes after Denise Van Outen was forced to pull out of the competition early due to injury.
Denise was replaced by retired Olympic gymnast Amy Tinkler, 21, after explaining she’d pulled out of the show after doctors discovered she had three bone fractures in her shoulder which meant she’d be unable to perform any lifts or solo skating.
She wrote: ‘GUTTED! If you’ve been watching @dancingonice you will be aware that just over a week ago I had a nasty fall and injured my shoulder. I managed to skate my first dance with @themattevers on the live show through a gritted smile because the pain was unbearable…
‘I’ve tried as hard as I can to carry on because I love the show and the amazing team in front and behind the cameras. Initially we thought with rest I could make a return to the ice, but a recent MRI scan has shown that I have three bone fractures as well as a partial dislocation. OUCH! No wonder I’ve been in agony.’
New rules: It came Dancing On Ice informed all the skaters that if they test positive for Covid-19 they will immediately be axed from the ITV show