Dancing On Ice casualty Jason Donovan is seen carrying heavy shopping bags after injuring back and quitting show


CROCKED Dancing On Ice star Jason Donovan was pictured carrying heavy shopping bags after his back injury forced him out of the show.

The Aussie star, 52, walked in London wearing a backpack and holding a Waitrose carrier in one hand and a paper bag in the other.

Jason Donovan carried a heavy load after pulling out of Dancing On Ice with a back injury

Jason made the most of the mild conditions in a pair of shorts, trainers and a dark jumper.

We revealed how Jason was forced to quit ITV’s Dancing on Ice after failing to recover from his back injury in time.

The Neighbours star had missed a show and
bosses hoped their big money signing would be fit enough to return this

The 52-year-old headed to Waitrose in West London

Jason is the latest Dancing On Ice casualty

But he was in too much pain and had to tell bosses he could no
longer skate in the hit show.

He told fans in a video on Facebook: “I am devastated to announce that due to this ongoing back issue that occurred on Dancing On Ice about ten days ago and at the advice of my medical team in the show that unfortunately I can’t continue in 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 health and I have to respect my body moving forward. That is my biggest priority.

“I want to thank everyone at Dancing On Ice – the judges, Phil, Holly, the production team, the runners, and most importantly within that I want to thank the celebrities who have become friends and also the pros who just do such a great job with us all.

Jason updated fans on his shock departure

“I want to thank the fans for voting for me – sometimes those costumes were colourful and sometimes those moves were dubious but we tried and went out there and gave it our best.”

It means that despite producers for the show pausing the entire
programme for a week so that he could rest, it was in vain.

The actor’s back injury left him in too much pain to continue

A source said: “It’s just utter carnage this year.

“There’s injuries left right and centre, and Covid on top of that. No one could have foreseen this level of drop outs.”

The latest withdrawal comes after show favourite Joe-Warren Plant and
partner Vanessa Bauer were forced to quit after they both tested
positive for coronavirus.

Jason has been documenting his recovery on social media

Bosses are now planning to invite them back to fill the void.

Before that, West End star Denise Van Outen had to withdraw due to a
broken shoulder.

Towie’s Billie Shepherd quit after a heavy fall on the ice, and Rufus
Hound was booted after also testing positive for coronavirus for a
second time.

Coronation Street actress Faye Brookes, 33, is now the bookies
favourite to triumph.