ITV have confirmed that TV presenter Michael Barrymore has been forced to quit Dancing on Ice after he broke his wrist during training and will be replaced by former Blue Peter presenter Radzi Chinyanganya.

Barrymore will still feature in the preview programme, Dancing On Ice at Christmas, which airs this Sunday at 7.00pm. 

In a statement, a "devastated" Barrymore explained that he has had to quit the show on medical advice. 

The former host of quiz show Strike it Lucky said: "Shortly after shooting the "Dancing On Ice" Christmas Special I took a tumble whilst rehearsing for the January shows. After the fall, I thought I had sprained my wrist but it turns out that it is broken. Unfortunately, the medics have told me that I cannot compete.

"I am absolutely devastated; I have loved every second of the journey so far with my wonderful dance partner Alex Murphy and the support from the public has been overwhelming." 

An ITV spokesperson added: "Michael has been a fantastic addition to the Dancing on Ice family and we wish him all the best. Presenter Radzi Chinyanganya will take his place, and will be partnered with professional skater Jessica Hatfield."  

Maura Higgins
Maura Higgins and her professional ice-skating partner Alexader Demetriou

Dancing on Ice kicks-off on ITV on January 5 with Irish contestants Maura Higgins and Kevin Kilbane hoping to impress.

Kevin Kilbane and his profession ice-skating partner Brianne Delcourt

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