Joe-Warren Plant and Vanessa Bauer LEAVE Dancing On Ice: ‘Disappointed’ stars reveal they have BOTH tested positive for coronavirus as their time on the show is cut short
- The actor, 18, said he was ‘disappointed’ to not be able to continue with the show
- Vanessa, 24, said they both ‘feel fine’ and were shocked by the positive test results
- Joe’s exit is the latest in the string of blows for this year’s ITV series
- Only four episodes in, Joe is the fourth celebrity to leave the competition prematurely
- Denice Van Outen and Billie Faiers were forced to withdraw due to injuries
- Rufus Hound also had to bow out of the show after testing positive for Covid
- Joe’s exit throws the show in chaos as bosses have no reserves left to replace him
Joe-Warren Plant and Vanessa Bauer are out of Dancing On Ice after they both tested positive for coronavirus.
The Emmerdale actor, 18, said he was ‘disappointed’ to not be able to continue with the show and felt he had ‘so much more to give’, while Vanessa, 24, said she was ‘heartbroken’.
The professional skater said they got the ‘shock’ phone call during rehearsals on Thursday evening and added that they ‘both feel fine’.
Joe’s exit is the latest in a string of blows in this year’s ITV series, with Billie Faiers, Denise Van Outen and Rufus Hound all having to withdraw from the competition.
It’s all over: Joe-Warren Plant and Vanessa Bauer are out of Dancing On Ice 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.
Announcing his departure, Joe said in a statement: ‘Having tested positive for Covid this now means the end of the competition for Vanessa and I.
‘I have loved every minute of being a part of Dancing On Ice and I am disappointed as I feel I had so much more to give and was working hard to perfect each performance.
‘Thank you so much to Vanessa for being a fantastic teacher and although its been cut short, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this experience.
Upset: The Emmerdale actor, 18, said he was ‘disappointed’ to not be able to continue with the show, while Vanessa, 24, said she was ‘beyond devastated’ (pictured on last week’s show)
End of the road: Joe and Vanessa pictured leaving training in Blackpool earlier this month
‘Thank you to all the crew who have been brilliant and especially thanks to the other cast members, they have been hugely supportive and I wish them all the very best.’
Vanessa, meanwhile, shared a picture of herself and Joe on the ice during rehearsals and penned: ‘We are heartbroken. Joe and I feel fine, but our COVID tests came back positive and that means the end for us on @dancingonice.
‘I am writing this in tears as I’ve loved every minute on this years show with @joewarrenplant! He is the best partner I could have wished for, we worked so hard for months, had so much fun together and had SO SO much more to show
‘It feels surreal as we were training up until last evening before the shock call hit us…
‘It is devastating that our journey has been cut short like this but we both still had the time of our lives. We love @dancingonice and want to thank everybody for the support this year’.
Devastated: Vanessa, meanwhile, shared a picture of herself and Joe on the ice during rehearsals and penned: ‘We are heartbroken’
Heartbroken: ‘I am writing this in tears as I’ve loved every minute on this years show with @joewarrenplant!,’ Vanessa wrote
An ITV spokesperson added: ‘We can confirm that following positive Covid tests, Joe-Warren Plant and Vanessa Bauer have had to withdraw from this year’s competition.
‘They’ve been wonderful on the show this year and we thank them for all their dedication and beautiful performances.’
Oh dear: After just four episodes Dancing On Ice ‘s 2021 series has been thrown into chaos after four celebrities have had to leave the show (pictured Denise Van Outen and Matt Evers)
After just four episodes, Dancing On Ice’s 2021 series has seen more drama than many reality shows face in their entirety, including freak injuries, coronavirus and backstage fury.
Rufus Hound, 41, was axed from the competition last month after he tested positive for coronavirus.
Meanwhile Denise Van Outen, 46, and Billie Faiers, 31, both dropped out of the show after hurting themselves on the ice.
Dropped out: Reality star Billie Faiers withdrew from the show after suffering a concussion following a fall during training
The West End star dislocated her shoulder, while Billie suffered a concussion after falling on her head in training.
Denise revealed she spent 15 hours with a dislocated shoulder after injuring herself because she ‘didn’t really want to bother the NHS’.
Speaking during an appearance on ITV’s Loose Women, she said: ‘After the rehearsal I spent 15 hours with my shoulder being dislocated, because we didn’t really want to bother the NHS knowing that they’re so overstretched.
‘So it wasn’t until the pain was so unbearable that they advised I went in to see them. They put my shoulder back in but it popped out again, and then I skated on it in the most excruciating pain I cannot tell you.’
The programme has also come under fire from viewers who were concerned by how many celebrities and professional skaters were requiring hospital treatment, putting further strain on the NHS.
Both figure skaters Yebin Mok and Andy Buchanan required hospital treatment after suffering injury while rehearsing with respective partners Graham Bell and Rebekah Vardy.
Myleene Klass also sustained a broken toe and torn knee cartilage.
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.
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