Stephen Lustig-Webb, known for his role on Gogglebox, has finally broken his silence after being forced to quit Dancing On Ice. The 52-year-old TV personality left the long-standing Channel 4 show with hopes of pursuing further television opportunities, only to have his plans disrupted by an unfortunate ankle injury.
Last week, during a training session for Dancing On Ice, Lustig-Webb suffered a freak accident that resulted in a broken left ankle. Following surgery that required metal plates to support his ankle, he now faces a three-month recovery period, during which time he will rely on crutches.
In his recent Instagram post, Lustig-Webb shared a photo alongside his pet dogs, smiling despite his plastered foot propped up on a cushion. He expressed his gratitude for the support and kind messages he has received, adding that he was devastated about having to leave the competition. Lustig-Webb had been thoroughly enjoying the challenge of learning to skate and had developed a close bond with the judges and fellow contestants.
Stephen Lustig-Webb had been rushed to the Queen Alexandra hospital in Portsmouth where he received the news of his broken ankle. Although the surgery was successful, he has been informed by medical professionals that he will not be able to return to training and therefore had no option but to withdraw from the competition.
The spokesperson for Dancing On Ice expressed their support for Lustig-Webb and wished him a speedy recovery. Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards, Olympic ski jumper, has been selected as his replacement in the show. Edwards, now 59, has expressed his bittersweet feelings about joining the new series, acknowledging Lustig-Webb's disappointment and hoping for a quick recovery.
As training for the 2024 series of Dancing On Ice begins, the full line-up of celebrities has been confirmed. Alongside Eddie Edwards, contestants include World Champion Boxer Ricky Hatton MBE, actress Claire Sweeney, actress and singer Hannah Spearritt, West End star Amber Davies, Olympic Champion and presenter Greg Rutherford MBE, TV personality Miles Nazaire, comedian and writer Lou Sanders, actor Ricky Norwood, Broadcaster and DJ Adele Roberts, actor Ryan Thomas, and Emmerdale's Roxy Shahidi. The show promises an exciting competition, despite Lustig-Webb's unfortunate departure.