DOI's Billie Faiers breaks her silence after she's forced to QUIT show

‘I’m so, so gutted’: Dancing On Ice’s Billie Faiers breaks her silence after she’s forced to quit the show following fall as bosses RUN OUT of reserves for the first time in competition’s history

  • The Mummy Diaries star, 31, has been forced to quit the show after suffering concussion following a fall in training
  • An ITV spokesperson confirmed to MailOnline she will not be replaced by another celebrity
  • Earlier in the week, presenter Phillip Schofield, 58, admitted TV executives have run out of stand-in stars for the first time in the show’s history 
  • The former glamour model is the third contestant from this series of Dancing On Ice to withdraw 
  • On Wednesday, comedian Rufus Hound confirmed he’d been dropped from the show after testing positive for Covid for the second time 
  • Presenter Denise Van Outen was also forced to withdraw from the show after fracturing her shoulder last month 

Billie Faiers has broken her silence after she was forced to withdraw from Dancing On Ice 2021 after suffering a fall during training on Friday.

The Mummy Diaries star, 31, took to Instagram on Sunday morning to upload a photo of herself with professional partner Mark Hanretty from their ‘first and last’ dance as she admitted she’s ‘so, so gutted’.

Media personality Billie has become the third contestant to pull out of the competition after Rufus Hound and Denise Van Outen’s departures, with host Phillip Schofield recently revealing that bosses have ran out of reserves.

‘I’m so, so gutted’: Billie Faiers has broken her silence after she withdrew from Dancing On Ice 2021 after suffering a fall during training (pictured with Mark Hanretty last month)

The mother-of-two wrote: ‘Our first and last dance. I am so so sad that our @dancingonice journey has come to an end after an accident in rehearsals on Friday causing me a head injury, forcing us out of the competition.’

The businesswoman went on to praise dancer Mark, 35, for supporting her during her stint as she added: ‘@markhanretty A true friend for life, you have been the most incredible partner throughout all of this, I mean you taught me to skate for one.

‘Thank you for being so kind, supportive, patient, understanding, and thank you for being such a happy, positive person when I needed it the most.’

The former TOWIE star also explained how she used skating as a ‘distraction’ following her beloved grandmother’s death.

‘I’m going to miss it’: The Mummy Diaries star, 31, took to Instagram on Sunday to upload a photo of herself with professional partner Mark Hanretty from their ‘first and last’ dance

Billie shared: ‘It’s been a tough couple of weeks personally for me and coming back to skating this week has really been a great distraction. I am so so gutted we can’t perform tonight, we worked so so hard on this week’s routine.

‘However, although it has sadly been cut short , being part of @dancingonice has been the best experience, I have met some wonderful people and I actually feel quite proud of myself that I pushed myself so far out of my comfort zone and faced some of my biggest fears.

‘I’m going to miss being part of this incredible show so much. I wish all of the rest of cast so much luck and I will be cheering you all on every Sunday, you are all amazing !!! 

‘Thank you to everyone for your kind messages and support throughout all of this. It means so much to me and I am so grateful.’ (sic) 

‘We worked so hard’: The former TOWIE star also explained how she used skating as a ‘distraction’ following her beloved grandmother’s death

An ITV spokesperson confirmed to MailOnline the former glamour model quit the show after suffering a concussion and will not be replaced for the remainder of the series.

According to The Mirror, the Essex native went to hospital for an MRI scan after being left unconscious following the accident. 

A representative 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.’ 

Ouch! An ITV spokesperson confirmed to MailOnline the former glamour model quit the show after suffering a concussion (pictured in January)

Billie had previously taken a week-long break from the show following the death of her nan 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.’  

During her short-lived Dancing On Ice stint, the TV star only performed once as her Spice Girls-themed skate earned a score of 25 points out of 40. 

Earlier in the week, presenter Phillip, 58, admitted TV executives have run out of stand-in stars for the first time in the show’s history.

The host said on This Morning: ‘It is very strict at the rink, which is how we’ve been able to keep the show on, but we are really sad that Rufus should go. We realised that is the first time ever we’ve used both of our reserves.’

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. 

February 6

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. 

Comedian Rufus took to social media on Wednesday evening to announce he has had to withdraw from the show after testing positive for Covid a second time.

His departure came after he had already missed two weeks of shows due to self-isolation – during which he tested positive with ‘a mild case’ of the disease.

Despite completing the government mandated quarantine time to recover from coronavirus, strict rules at ITV dictated he couldn’t return at all. 

Sad news: Media personality Billie has become the third contestant to pull out of the competition after Rufus Hound tested positive for Covid twice (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.   

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: Comedian Rufus took to social media on Wednesday evening to announce he has had to withdraw from the show

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: The funnyman 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 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 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 (pictured in January with Matt Evers)

Filling in her shoes: Retired Olympic gymnast Amy Tinkler served as the TOWIE narrator’s replacement (pictured last week with Joe Johnson)

Meanwhile, TOWIE narrator Denise was replaced by retired Olympic gymnast Amy Tinkler 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 at the time: ‘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

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