Sam Jones – aka Flash Gordon – has been forced to pull out of Channel 4’s reality winter sport show The Jump.
The actor hurt his shoulder during training a few weeks ago and had been hoping to recover.
Speaking in Austria soon after the injury occurred, Sam told RadioTimes.com:
“I celebrated a little bit too early. All I’ve been preaching is ‘listen to these instructors and don’t add and don’t take away from what they’re saying’… well I added. I nailed it. And I though ‘Oh my god, it was right! Then it was boom, boom, boom..
“We’re asking a 60-year-old body to do what 40-year-olds do.”
At the time Sam said he didn’t have “any worries” about his injury. However, a spokesperson for the show has now confirmed:
“We had hoped that he would recover in time to still take part in the show but unfortunately he has had to pull out of the series on medical advice.”
Sam says he’s “upset with himself” for hurting his shoulder, and praised the camaraderie among the other celebrities who he said had heaps of “encouragement and lots of humour”.
Of course, Sam’s exit means there needs to be a replacement… enter 5ive’s Ritchie Neville.
Ritchie says of joining The Jump: “Good clean ‘adventure’ where you’re absolutely terrified is, for some unbeknownst reason, one of my greatest pleasures. Whether it’s a weekend mountaineering, an outdoor survival week or now full winter sports I love it.
“Although, The Jump is to date one of the most terrifying things I have ever done. Having no previous experience I’ve had to learn so much but I am loving it. When you’re up against the likes of Sir Steve my biggest fear is looking soft by comparison and that is the greatest motivator!”
Ritchie joins TV presenter Laura Hamilton, who replaces Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, along with former TOWIE star Amy Childs, Olympic gold medalist Sir Steve Redgrave and among others comedian Marcus Brigstocke.
The winter-themed show sees the celebrities try a range of winter sports activities, including skeleton and ski jumping, with judges deciding who is good enough to stay in the competition.
The Jump airs later this month on Channel 4 and will be hosted by Davina McCall and Alex Brooker