DANCING On Ice’s Faye Brookes was left speechless today as she was accused of “breaking” original professional partner Hamish Gaman on the show.
The 33-year-old star insisted that she “wasn’t involved” with Hamish snapping a tendon in his hand, which led to his early departure from the ITV programme.
She and fellow DOI finalist Colin Jackson appeared live from the rink on Good Morning Britain today ahead of Sunday night’s final.
Host Ben Shephard quizzed Faye on her time on the ice, and brought up Hamish’s shock exit last month.
He said: “Faye, of all the things that have happened, you’ve actually broken a partner!
“That very rarely happens, the celebs usually break but you broke your partner.”
Co-host Kate Garraway laughed while Faye’s mouth dropped open and she awkwardly laughed, clearly at a loss for words.
Her new partner Matt Evers interjected, saying: “No, his sock broke him.”
Hamish had previously said that he suffered a freak accident and injured his hand while trying to remove a sock from his foot.
Faye looked grateful for the interruption, adding: “Yeah, I mean, that was off the ice. I definitely don’t think I had a dab hand in that.”
Moving the uncomfortable conversation along, she continued: “To know the pros are getting injured, you can see how dangerous this is and that’s why we have to be so careful, making sure that we take care of ourselves.
“And also knowing that our pros are doint the best they can to take care of themselves and knowing we have that trust on the ice too.”
The former Coronation Street actress has had a rocky road on the show, with Hamish being replaced despite previously tweeting that medical professionals had given him the all-clear to carry on performing.
However, The Sun later revealed that bosses made the decision for Hamish to stand down after Faye furiously complained about their routines being too simple.
A production source told us at the time: “Faye wants to win at all costs and has been concerned that the judges have been quite critical of her and Hamish.
“So, at the start of the week, as rehearsals for what would have been this Sunday’s show began, they both went in to see show bosses to express their concern over the routine.
“Faye, in particular, felt it would be too simplistic, they’d get low marks and she would be at risk of elimination. It can’t have helped that the routine was taking into account Hamish’s injury.
“But, after the meeting, the cogs clearly whirred into action because less than a day later Hamish was gone.”
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She has also been at the centre of favourtism rows, with viewers accusing the judges of marking her more leniently – and she was even given time to work with a top trainers.
The brunette beauty is favourite to win the competition, and sources previously said that she is “desperate” to be crowned this year’s champ.
Dancing On Ice has been plagued with drama this year – with five stars forced to drop out early due to injuries or positive coronavirus tests.
In addition to Hamish, pro Yebin Mok also suffered serious injury and had to take time away from the show.