Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Entertaiment | By Mabel Barber

Dancing on Ice commentator Matt Chapman has quit

Dancing on Ice commentator Matt Chapman has quit

The effects of age catch up with all of us, even elite athletes, as Torvill and Dean, the beloved ice-skating duo, have revealed.

The 39-year-old replaces racing reporter Matt Chapman, who has left the ITV series after just one episode of the 2018 series - so who is the man who follows in the skate tracks of Tony Gubba and Simon Reed on the mic rinkside?

Dancing on Ice was a hit British TV show that featured celebrities who were novice skaters learning to do complex figure skating displays over several months.

This year's show includes the likes of Cheryl Baker, Kem Cetinay, Max Evans, Lemar and Donna Air, with Candice Brown finding herself in the skate off after the first show.

However, it looks like it wasn't to be as the sports commentator confirmed that his time on the show is over.

Chris told The Mirror: "The knees don't bend quite as deeply as they used to".

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"I can still skate, paracetamol helps".

He said: "I'll always defend Holly, but she'll always defend me".

Fellow Dancing On Ice judge Torvill added: "My back does not arch as much, that's the place that starts to hurt first with me".

People often think they're a couple but the duo insist they only briefly snogged as teenagers and never got together.

However, his abrupt voiceovers and cheesy one liners didn't impress viewers and many of them took to social media to beg ITV to find a replacement. Although Dean now lives in the USA, the two say they still speak on the phone nearly every day.

The double act have been skating together for 45 years and the Olympic champions are starting to suffer from a number of ailments.

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