Emmerdale star Joe-Warren Plant and partner Vanessa Bauer are now out of Dancing On Ice after testing positive for Covid-19.
In a statement the actor said: ‘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.
‘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.’
Professional skater Vanessa, who won Dancing On Ice in 2018 with The X Factor star Jake Quickenden, said: ‘Unfortunately, we have received positive test results for Covid which means we cannot continue to compete this year.
‘Joe-Warren has been growing every week into such a talented skater and I’m so sad we won’t be able to show more of the great routines we had planned. I am beyond proud and devastated, as we had so much more to show, he was the hardest working partner I’ve ever had.’
ITV said: ‘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.’
His exit comes after a string of contestants bowed out of the series this year.
Comedian Rufus Hound was forced to quit after testing positive for coronavirus and Towie star Billie Faiers left the competition after suffering a fall.
Actress Denise Van Outen pulled out after fracturing her shoulder.
On Sunday’s live show Joe-Warren was tied at the top of the leader board with rapper Lady Leshurr and actress Faye Brookes.
Presenter and comedian Matt Richardson was eliminated having been in just one episode.
Dancing On Ice airs Sundays at 8pm on ITV.
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