DANCING on Ice’s Matt Richardson gave himself concussion after smashing his face on the ice in a dramatic fall.
The comedian and former Xtra Factor presenter admitted having a difficult start when he first joined the other celebrities for a masterclass with skating legends Christopher Dean and Jayne Torvill.
“It was entirely Christopher Dean’s fault, I think even he knows that deep down,” joked Matt on ITV’s Lorraine today.
“On the masterclass day I went to skate and was terrible.
“They said the problem was my limbs, which isn’t ideal.”
In a bid to give Matt a helping hand during the skating lesson last year, Christopher asked him to hold poles to steady himself.
But it turned disastrous when Matt took a nasty fall and ended up with concussion and a black eye.
“He gave me a pole to skate with to stop my arms from moving,” added Matt.
“I caught the front of my blade and went over the front of the pole.
“Because I was holding something I couldn’t put my arms out to stop myself falling.
“My face took all of the fall and I ended up being sent home with concussion and a black eye.”
Matt, 29, is replacing comic Rufus Hound after he tested positive for coranavirus and was axed from the competition.
Matt – who will skate with professional Vicky Ogden – has been busy training since last year.
He’ll make his debut on the ice on Sunday.
Yesterday, Dancing on Ice judge Phillip Schofield revealed the show had run out of reserves for the first time in its history.
The presenter says the ITV show can’t afford any more injuries or illness after Rufus and Denise Van Outen were forced to withdraw from the competition.
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On today’s This Morning, Phillip said: “It is very strict at the rink, which is how we’ve been able to keep the show on, but we are really sad that Rufus should go.
“I asked my team about this and we realised that is the first time ever we’ve used both of our reserves.”