Dancing On Ice will not air this weekend.
The popular skating show has taken a week off to allow the cast and crew to ‘recharge and rest up’ after four stars dropped out and Jason Donovan, 52, injured his back.
In a statement from an ITV spokesperson, it was revealed that show bosses felt it ‘prudent to take a week’s break at this juncture’ to protect ‘the welfare of all of those involved.’
Oh no! Dancing On Ice will not air this weekend as show bosses have decided to take a week off to allow the cast and crew ‘to rest up’
An ITV spokesperson said: ‘ITV have taken the decision to pause Dancing on Ice this week and there will be no live show on Sunday 21st February.
‘Each week our production team and cast have delivered a fantastic show during incredibly challenging times.
‘The welfare of all of those involved is important to us and we felt it prudent to take a week’s break at this juncture.
‘Continuing to make the best TV for our viewers is of paramount importance to us and we look forward to resuming the competition next week, with the show back live on Sunday 28th February.’
He’ll be back: Jason Donovan, 52, withdrew from Sunday’s instalment of the competition and was advised to rest after suffering from back pain, but will return next week
Something different: In place of Dancing On Ice this weekend a special entitled Dancing On Ice: The Greatest Show On Ice will be shown on ITV at 6pm on Sunday
In place of Dancing On Ice this weekend a special entitled Dancing On Ice: The Greatest Show On Ice will be shown on ITV at 6pm on Sunday. This one-off show will celebrate the most memorable moments in the show’s history.
Dancing On Ice will be back, live on Sunday 28th February.
A source told The Sun: ‘Everyone’s just been working really hard to put on a brilliant series.
‘The production team has been amazing working around new protocols and working around the pandemic which is ever-evolving with new variants and such.
Time out: Former Neighbours star Jason missed Sunday, and said in a statement: ‘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’
‘This break will just allow the cast and crew the time to take a breath. Everyone gives it their all and just wants the show to be amazing for viewers at home so a week to recharge and rest up before coming back will be great.’
MailOnline has contacted ITV for comment.
The decision comes after Dancing On Ice bosses were said to be ‘panicking’ about the show’s future amid four celebrities withdrawing from the show in recent weeks and Jason Donovan’s recent injury.
The former Neighbours star Jason said in a statement: ‘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.’
On Sunday, a source told The Sun: ‘It’s already a stretch making a two-hour episode of a TV show in a pandemic with a full cast.
‘But if any more pull out they will struggle to fill the slot. They’re already panicking about numbers because the celebrities are dropping like flies.
‘If Jason pulls out for good and there’s another injury, they could be forced off air.’
On Friday it was revealed Joe-Warren Plant and his skating partner Vanessa Bauer had to leave the show after they both tested positive for coronavirus.
So many celebrities have been forced to drop out of Dancing On Ice that for the first time in its history, the show has run out of reserves.