Dancing On Ice commentator quits after one show

The commentator’s replacement will be TalkSPORT broadcaster Sam Matterface.

Press Association
Last updated:12 January 2018 - 03.35pm

Dancing On Ice commentator Matt Chapman has left the programme after appearing in one episode.

Chapman made his debut on the newly-rebooted reality show on Sunday, but ITV has confirmed he will no longer be appearing.

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An ITV spokesman said: “We can confirm that Matt Chapman has left the show, and wish him all the very best and look forward to him reporting at ITV Racing at Warwick this weekend.”

Matt Chapman
ITV’s Matt Chapman (Harry Page/ITV)

The horse racing commentator and broadcaster replaced the late Tony Gubba for the series, who had appeared on every series of Dancing On Ice up until his death in 2013.

Chapman, who received mixed reviews from viewers over his commentating style, told The Sun newspaper that he has “decided to hang up my skates, leave the rink and return to the turf”.

He added: “I wish the show the best of luck for the rest of the run.”

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It was reported that he left the show due to a scheduling clash.

ITV has confirmed that Chapman will be replaced by TalkSPORT broadcaster Sam Matterface for the next episode on Sunday.

The new series has seen Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield return as presenters, while the judging panel consists of former Olympic skating champions Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean, choreographer Jason Gardiner and Diversity dancer Ashley Banjo.

The celebrity contestants taking to the ice rink include singer Cheryl Baker, former Great British Bake Off champion Candice Brown, Love Island winner Kem Cetinay and Coronation Street actors Antony Cotton and Brooke Vincent.

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