Dancing on Ice commentator QUITS skating show after just one episode

Bessie Dean
January 14, 2018

IT LOOKS like commentator Matt Chapman doesn't, ahem... rink much of this year's Dancing On Ice contestants, as he's has made a decision to skate off into the sunset after only one episode.

The racing pundit - who filled the shoes of the late broadcaster Tony Gubba as the voice of the show - has now walked after a schedule clash, which means bosses have been left frantically searching for a replacement. Many said he sounded too much like he was commentating on horse racing.

But it seems he changed his mind about that as he's now told The Sun newspaper he has "decided to hang up my skates, leave the rink and return to the turf". They did not announce who would be taking over this Sunday.

On Sunday, the babe defended celeb skater Stephanie Waring after she was roasted by the Dancing On Ice judge. Quite a night. And for those thinking: "Who the hell was that?"

TalkSport commentator Sam Matterface may be on safe ground when it comes to talking about football but he faces a whole new challenge this weekend as he takes up his new position as part of the Dancing on Ice presentation team.

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MailOnline have contacted Dancing On Ice representatives for comment.

A third wrote: "The new commentator is terrible", while another viewer commentated: 'The only slight criticism I have in regards to is the commentator...can he wind his neck in and tone it down a bit.

One fan did come out in favour of the new commentator, saying: "Matthew Chapman on the other hand was brilliant and the only reason I watched the show".

The show is being shot for the first time at the RAF airfield Bovingdon, having been previously shot at Shepperton studio. He passed away 2013 following a short illness.

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.

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