Dancing on Ice star quits

The first exit on the newly-revamped Dancing on Ice is the most shocking yet — and it’s not even one of the celebrity skaters.

Commentator Matt Chapman has quit the series after just one episode.

The racing pundit, who fills the shoes of the late broadcaster TONY GUBBA as the voice of the programme, walked after a schedule clash.

ITV now face a search for a replacement in time for this Sunday’s episode.

A Dancing on Ice source said: “Matt decided he couldn’t make his diary work as he thought.

“He’s a big character and a talented sports commentator but he had some mixed reviews in the first show, and he told ITV that perhaps it wasn’t for him after all.

“It was always going to be a big gig following Tony who did eight series before he died in 2013.

“After Sunday’s show Matt told producers they would have to look elsewhere for a commentator for the rest of the series.”

Last night Matt, a betting pundit for The Sun, confirmed he had quit.

He said: “I’ve decided to hang up my skates, leave the rink and return to the turf.

"I wish the show the best of luck for the rest of the run.”

Matt might not be the only absence from this weekend’s show.

LEMAR faces an anxious wait ahead of his debut performance after injuring his knee and groin.

The singer was brought in as a replacement for cricketer MONTY PANESAR who broke his ankle in training,

But after slipping on the ice on Monday, he is now being monitored by physios ahead of Sunday’s show.

He said: “I just went for a little bit of a wander and I went down a bit hard.

"My left knee needed some attention. It is strapped up still. I will have to wear the straps underneath on the actual night.

"The groin is the main thing – it hurts. I don’t know how these dancers do it. It is quite painful.

“I hope I won’t be told that I can’t perform. We have put in quite a few hours so we definitely want to do it.

"I’m hoping it’s nothing a small overdose of painkillers won’t solve.”

Surely docs have plenty of ice to put on it.

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