07/02/2021 10:12 GMT

Dancing On Ice: Billie Shepherd Third Celebrity Forced To Quit Show In Two Weeks

Denise Van Outen and Rufus Hound have already had to withdraw from the ITV skating competition.

Billie Shepherd has become the third celebrity forced to quit this year’s Dancing On Ice

The disaster-struck ITV show has already lost Denise Van Outen and Rufus Hound unexpectedly in the last two weeks, and now Billie has dropped out after an accident on the ice. 

The former TOWIE star suffered moderate concussion after hitting her head while rehearsing with professional partner Mark Hanretty.

Billie Shepherd has been forced to quit Dancing On Ice

Doctors have said she must miss this weekend’s show and, according to the ITV show’s rules, she must therefore exit the competition. 

Billie had already missed one week of the show due to a family bereavement. 

An ITV spokesperson said in a statement: “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.”

ITV did not confirm whether Billie will be replaced in the competition, but host Phillip Schofield revealed on This Morning earlier this week that both reserve contestants had already been used. 

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Denise Van Outen quit after injuring her shoulder

Olympian Amy Tinkler and comedian Matt Richardson have already been drafted in to replace Denise and Rufus. 

Denise had to withdraw from the show after partially dislocating her shoulder during training.

She fell during rehearsals for the series launch and made her debut on the ice with her shoulder strapped up.

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Rufus Hound left Dancing On Ice after contracting Covid-19

Rufus was also forced to quit the show after testing positive for coronavirus, having previously missed a week of the competition due to having to self-isolate after coming into contact with someone who had the virus. 

Dancing On Ice continues on Sunday at 6pm on ITV.