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Billie Faiers quits Dancing on Ice after suffering horror fall in rehearsals

Dancing On Ice's Billie Shepherd has been forced to leave the competition after hitting her head during a horror fall.

The 31-year-old former TOWIE star was left with concussion and has been ordered by medics to pull out of the ITV competition.

The mum-of-two was rehearsing with her professional skating partner Mark Hanretty on Friday when she fell.

She was taken to hospital for an MRI scan to detect any damage to her head.

The Mummy Diaries star was told to rest on doctor’s orders and must leave the competition as she missed last weekend’s show following the tragic death of her grandmother, Nannie Wendy.

A source close to Billie told The Sun: "Billie is absolutely gutted. She’s been really upset all day and would have done anything to stay in the competition.

"But it’s doctor’s orders and she has to put her safety first."

An ITV spokesperson told the publication: "During rehearsals for this week’s show, Billie Shepherd has had a fall.

"Taking the expert advice of the Dancing on Ice medical team, she sadly cannot perform this weekend and will therefore now withdraw from the competition.

“We wish Billie well as she now takes the time to recover.”

Sam Faiers' sister is the third star who has been forced to leave the show this series.

Comedian Rufus Hound tested positive with coronavirus recently and TV star Denise Van Outen fractured her shoulder in three place in training.

Confirming his departure from the show on Wednesday, former Celebrity Juice regular Rufus tweeted: ""I will no longer be participating in @dancingonice. COVID is – as I'm sure we're all well aware – a b*****d and sadly the world isn't short of those."

He posted a video explaining: "Having come into contact with someone with Covid and isolating it transpired I have Covid.

"Unfortunately the rules on Dancing On Ice are cut and dry – very strict."

Olympian Amy Tinkler and television presenter Matt Richardson have stepped in to replace them.

However, it doesn't appear that there are any more reserves left to replace Billie and Mark.

This is not the first time Billie had suffered a terrifying fall in training.

She injured herself at the start of rehearsals last year and was delighted when her husband Greg Shephard and their two children Nelly and Arthur turned up to the rink to show her some love.

Dancing on Ice continues Sunday on ITV at 6pm

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