Michael Barrymore quits 'Dancing On Ice' after breaking wrist

Albertina Lloyd
Entertainment reporter, Yahoo UK
Michael Barrymore has had to quit Dancing On Ice. (PA)

Michael Barrymore has been forced to pull out of Dancing On Ice after breaking his wrist.

The 67-year-old TV presenter had been set to make his career comeback on the ITV skating show but revealed he has injured his left wrist in a fall during training.

Barrymore revealed: “Took a nasty fall on the ice last Friday during rehearsals and sadly broke my left wrist. Absolutely devastated to hear that I can’t go on back on the ice for a while.”

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He added: “Really enjoyed every single moment of being part of the terrific show and working with all the incredibly talented people involved.”

The comedian and game show host will be replaced by former Blue Peter presenter Radzi Chinyanganya.

Chinyanganya said: "I am thrilled and privileged to be part of the Dancing On Ice 2020 cast. I am absolutely gutted for Michael, who is one of my all-time favourite TV presenters, and I wish him a speedy recovery.

“I've only got two weeks to get ready to ice skate in front of the nation so I'm looking forward to a Christmas and New Year filled with training on the ice!"

Radzi Chinyanganya is a BBC sports presenter. (PA)

Barrymore’s career was left in tatters after the death of 31-year-old Stuart Lubbock, whose body was found in the swimming pool at Barrymore’s Essex home after a party in March 2001.

The TV presenter was arrested six years after Lubbock’s death on suspicion of rape and murder but released without charge.

Read more: Michael Barrymore appeals to Stuart Lubbock's father

Barrymore has appeared in various reality shows including Celebrity Big Brother in 2006 and Celebrity Come Dine With Me in 2010.

Dancing On Ice class of 2020: Kevin Kilbane, Caprice, Lucrezia Millarini, Ian 'H' Watkins, Perry Kiely, Christopher Dean, Michael Barrymore, Jayne Torvill, Maura Higgins, Joe Swash, Libby Clegg MBE, Trisha Goddard, Lisa George and Ben Hanlin. (ITV)

Other celebrities taking part in Dancing On Ice this year include model Caprice, Love Island’s Maura Higgins, actor and TV presenter Joe Swash and chat show queen Trisha Goddard.

Steps singer Ian “H” Watkins is set to make UK TV history as part of the first same-sex pairing on the show. And John Barrowman is replacing long-time judge Jason Gardiner.