DANCING ON Ice has faced disaster ahead of its launch this weekend, with Olympian Graham Bell’s partner Yebin Mok suffering a horror accident.
The pro was “stabbed” with her skate’s blade, and the injury was so severe that it “exposed her tendons”.
Yebin suffered a horror injury during Dancing On Ice rehearsals
The show’s hosts, Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield, revealed the news on today’s This Morning – admitting they’d seen a photo from the accident that they are unable to share.
Holly admitted that she was unable to even look at the gory image, with the pair sending Yebin their love and a get well soon message.
Holly told viewers: “This week Olympic skier Graham Bell and his partner Yebin had a freak accident, which resulted in her having a laceration on her leg.”
Phil continued: “We had a Zoom meeting yesterday with the team and they showed us a picture that we can not show you on TV.
Yebin is paired with Olympic skier Graham Bell Credit: ITV
Holly and Phil couldn’t show the graphic photo of her injury
“Holly couldn’t even look at it, she had to look away – and it was a very nasty stab wound from an ice blade.
“You could see the tendons, it’s a very dangerous show.”
The presenters went on to confirm that comic Rufus Hound will be skating this weekend instead of Graham, who will return next week with new partner Karina Manta while Yebin recovers.
With the seriousness of her injury, Holly and Phil said that the professional skater will be “out of the show for quite a few weeks”.
Holly and Phil sent Yebin their love on This Morning
Karina Manta will be stepping in as Graham’s partner
News of the freak accident comes just one day after contestant Rebekah Vardy revealed that her partner partner Andy Buchanan was rushed to hospital after she sliced open his face with her skate.
She said at the time: “I seem to be the only one who’s ended up hurting my pro, putting him in hospital.
“I do apologise. No, It was awful; I think I’ve just come to terms with scarring his face.”
Explaining the accident, Rebekah added: “We were practicing a trick and we changed it slightly from something that we would normally do – and we did it on a daily basis and everything would go right and nothing would go wrong.”
The Sun also revealed further chaos as Dancing On Ice bosses feared the show could be pulled after five crew members tested positive for coronavirus.
A TV insider said: “More than five members of production are isolating because of Covid right now — it’s become a nightmare.
“ITV have put a number of stringent rules in place, and after seeing members of production going down with it, they are urging everyone to take note of them.
“They’re now enforcing even stricter regulations.
“But while there are concerns about further people having to isolate, bosses are confident they have put all the precautions in place to safely be able to get the show on air.”
The live audience around the rink where stars including Denise Van Outen will perform had already been axed.
Now producers have placed perspex screens between judges Jayne Torvill, Christopher Dean, Ashley Banjo and John Barrowman.
An ITV spokesman said: “The welfare of everyone who works on Dancing On Ice is our first priority.
“We have had a robust set of measures in place ever since work on the series commenced to ensure the wellbeing of everyone connected with the production.”