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Jason Donovan is seen for first time since he was forced to QUIT DOI

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 23/02/2021 Roxy Simons and Bryony Jewell For Mailonline
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Jason Donovan was seen for the first time since he was forced to quit Dancing On Ice on Monday.

The Neighbours star, 52, looked sombre as he went out on a relaxing stroll around North London during the afternoon on Tuesday.

Jason appeared to be downcast as he walked through the city and kept warm amid the winter chill by wearing a dark blue and orange puffy jacket. 

a person standing in front of a building: Outing: Dancing On Ice star Jason Donovan looked sombre as he was seen for the first time since being forced to quit the 'cursed' skating show in London on Tuesday © Provided by Daily Mail Outing: Dancing On Ice star Jason Donovan looked sombre as he was seen for the first time since being forced to quit the 'cursed' skating show in London on Tuesday

Jason opted for a casual look as he stepped out in a pair of black Nike tracksuit bottoms, which he teamed with a pair of white trainers.

Enjoying the sunny weather, Jason also decided to cover his locks with a Fortnite baseball cap while he walked around town.

Jason had told fans he was taking a week off from Dancing On Ice to recover from a back injury, however on Monday he announced he would not be returning to the ITV show. 

a person standing posing for the camera: Relaxed look: Jason appeared to be downcast as he walked through the city and kept warm in a dark blue and orange puffy jacket

Relaxed look: Jason appeared to be downcast as he walked through the city and kept warm in a dark blue and orange puffy jacket
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He became the fifth star to bow out of the 'cursed' competition after Denise Van Outen and Billie Faiers had to leave due to injuries and Rufus Hound and Joe-Warren Plant were axed following positive Covid test results. 

ITV said in a statement: 'Jason Donovan has brought us so much joy with his performances on Dancing On Ice – from Priscilla through to the tango. 

'Our thanks go to Jason and his partner Alex for being so wonderful and committed to the series. We’re sorry to see them leave and we wish Jason a speedy recovery.' 

a person standing in front of a building: Sombre: Jason was seen wearing a serious expression during the outing

Sombre: Jason was seen wearing a serious expression during the outing
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Jason had previously announced he'd pulled out of the Valentine's Day live episode after being advised to rest due to a back injury, but had vowed to return.

It was then revealed all of DOI would be taking a weeks break and the show did not air on Sunday (February 21), to give skaters time to recover following a series of axes.

Jason, who has since shared clips of himself undergoing electric physio treatment, said in a statement at the time: 'I've had back pain the past couple of days and I'm under doctor's orders to take it easy and sit this week out. 

Jason Donovan posing for the camera: He's out! Jason became the fifth star to bow out of the 'cursed' competition following Denise Van Outen, Billie Faiers,  Rufus Hound and Joe-Warren Plant's departures © Provided by Daily Mail He's out! Jason became the fifth star to bow out of the 'cursed' competition following Denise Van Outen, Billie Faiers,  Rufus Hound and Joe-Warren Plant's departures Jason Donovan talking on a stage: Recovery: The show has been filled with drama with the Australian performer becoming the latest in a long line of celeb exits (pictured with Alexandra Schauman earlier this month) © Provided by Daily Mail Recovery: The show has been filled with drama with the Australian performer becoming the latest in a long line of celeb exits (pictured with Alexandra Schauman earlier this month)

'I'm resting up, I'll be watching from home and cheering everyone on and I look forward to returning next week.' 


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However on Monday the actor announced his permanent exit from the competition, sharing a video to Facebook as he told fans he's 'completely gutted' to withdraw.

Jason said: 'I am devastated to announce that due to this ongoing back issue which occurred on DOI about 10 days ago and at the advice of my medical team in the show that unfortunately I can’t continue the competition and therefore have to withdraw.

'It’s a nightmare and I'm completely gutted, we put so much work into getting to this point, but I have to respect my heath and body moving forward and that’s my biggest priority.'

a person standing on a stage: 'Gutted': Jason said he was devastated to leave the competition and thanked his pro partner Alexandra who'd been 'a beacon of support' (pictured on the show in January) © Provided by Daily Mail 'Gutted': Jason said he was devastated to leave the competition and thanked his pro partner Alexandra who'd been 'a beacon of support' (pictured on the show in January) Jason Donovan wearing glasses and smiling at the camera: 'Ongoing back issue': Speaking in a video shared on Facebook on Monday, the performer said the injury 'occurred on DOI about 10 days ago and at the advice of my medical team in the show that unfortunately I can’t continue the competition' © Provided by Daily Mail 'Ongoing back issue': Speaking in a video shared on Facebook on Monday, the performer said the injury 'occurred on DOI about 10 days ago and at the advice of my medical team in the show that unfortunately I can’t continue the competition'

The actor continued by thanking everyone at Dancing On Ice, from the judges to the hosts and crew, for their support during his stint on the rink.

He continued: 'And I want to thank the celebs whose become friends and the pros who just do such a good job with us all. I want to thank the fans for voting for me. 

'At times those costumes were colourful and moves slightly dubious but we tried! We went out there and gave it our best.'

However his biggest praise was saved for his 'patient' professional partner Alex, who he called a 'beacon of support' during the competition. 

Jason gushed: 'Most importantly I want to thank Alex, my dance partner who has been a beacon of support and believed in me at times I didn’t even believe in myself.

a group of people sitting around a car: Oh dear: Denise (pictured with Matt Evers last month) was forced to drop out too, after she dislocated her shoulder and Billie was forced to quit after hitting her head © Provided by Daily Mail Oh dear: Denise (pictured with Matt Evers last month) was forced to drop out too, after she dislocated her shoulder and Billie was forced to quit after hitting her head Billie Faiers standing posing for the camera: Dropping numbers: Reality star Billie was the second celebrity to leave the show when she suffered a concussion in training © Provided by Daily Mail Dropping numbers: Reality star Billie was the second celebrity to leave the show when she suffered a concussion in training

'She’s been patient and that time we’ve spent together on the ice rehearsing and getting these routines has been what this whole experience has been about, and that friendship that I have with her goes beyond the show.'

The star finished his emotional video, saying: 'I want to wish everyone the best for the series, I will be sitting at home this Sunday night and watching and cheering you all on. In the meantime, stay safe and stay healthy and take lots of care.'

This year's series has been hit by a long line of celeb exits, leaving some to think the season is 'cursed', and producers to run out of 'back ups' for the first time.

Emmerdale's Joe-Warren and his pro partner Vanessa were forced to withdraw after they both tested positive for COVID-19 while Denise exited the show after injuring her shoulder in three places and dislocating it.

Billie was then forced to quit the competition after hitting her head and suffering from a concussion, while Rufus announced his shock exit after testing positive for coronavirus. 

Rufus Hound standing on a stage: Another drop out: Comedian Rufus quit the show entirely, after testing positive for COVID-19 © Provided by Daily Mail Another drop out: Comedian Rufus quit the show entirely, after testing positive for COVID-19

As well as the celebs, pro skater Yebin Mok, who was partnered with Graham Bell, had to bow out of the show following a freak accident which saw her suffer 'a very nasty wound from an ice blade'.  

And last week skater Hamish Gaman, who had been competing with Faye Brookes,  also withdrew from the series following an injury while putting on a sock.  

News of Jason's exit from the show follows speculation that Joe-Warren and Vanessa may return after completing their 10-day Covid isolation.

According to the Sun, if the Emmerdale actor and his pro partner receive a negative test before the next show they will be allowed to return, after it was announced on Friday they would be leaving the programme. 

It has previously been stated by the skating show that one positive test would mean permanent exclusion from the series.

a man talking on a cell phone on a stage: Upset: Joe-Warren and his partner Vanessa were forced to withdraw after they tested positive for Covid, however there's speculation they could return after their 10-day isolation © Provided by Daily Mail Upset: Joe-Warren and his partner Vanessa were forced to withdraw after they tested positive for Covid, however there's speculation they could return after their 10-day isolation

However due to the show's dropping number of contestants due to several injuries, it is no surprise they appear to be considering revising the rules.

It is understood that bosses have not extended the same offer to other pairings because they all missed more than one public vote. 

Joe-Warren and Vanessa will likely be allowed to return as they have only missed one week of the public vote due to their positive Covid test.

MailOnline contacted Dancing On Ice, Joe-Warren and Vanessa's representatives for further comment at the time. 

Dancing On Ice will continue this Sunday at 6pm with Rebekah Vardy, Lady Leshurr, Colin Jackson, Sonny Jay and Faye Brookes remaining in the competition.

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