Dancing on Ice star Chris Fountain has claimed he was almost “chopped from the memory” of the show during its new special.
Choosing not to broadcast a live show this weekend, the ITV series instead aired a special called Dancing on Ice: The Greatest Show On Ice which briefly featured Fountain, who finished as a runner-up alongside his partner Frankie Poultney in season 3 — and it seems to have ruffled feathers.
Posting to Twitter on Sunday night (February 21), the former Hollyoaks and Coronation Street star said he was “disappointed” not to have more of his routines and series first moments featured in the programme, claiming “hardly any of [his] best bits” were shown.
“So, unfortunately hardly [any] of my best bits were shown on the Dancing on Ice best bits show this evening,” Chris wrote.
“Kind of expected it but can’t say that I’m not disappointed as I gave a hell of a lot to that show, coming second with my partner Frankie in 2008 and then continuing to win UK tours of the live show.
“I had some of the best times of my life while being a part of Dancing on Ice and the tours that followed, learning more and more about skating from the wonderful professionals and having tonnes of fun during the process. I always had such amazing support from fans of DOI for which I will always be incredibly grateful. Team Fountain was born through my family, friends and the public. I always tried to wow the audiences with my routines, being the first celebrity to attempt an axel, lifts like the flambo, wraparound and helicopter and my scratch spin which, even after 12 years, is yet to be matched. People still stop me in the street about the ‘Cry Me a River’ and ‘Time Warp’ routines!”
He added: “These are times that will stay with me forever so I’m very grateful for them and even though it’s unfortunate to almost be chopped from the memory of the show’s history, I know, and the fans of the show know that I was there. And, for that, I am extremely proud. My routines don’t have to be in the ‘best bits’ show to remember what I achieved but it would’ve been nice to see them and reminisce!
“Thank you to everyone sending lovely messages tonight and thanks to Frankie for being the most amazing original partner and to Brianne for being a fantastic partner on tour! Good luck to the contestants this year and love to everyone involved in the show, both in front of and especially behind the camera. Chris x.”
Digital Spy has reached out to Dancing on Ice and ITV, who declined to comment on Chris’ tweet.
Chris was memorably axed as Tommy Duckworth in Coronation Street in August 2013 after a video of him performing a rap featuring lyrics about rape and violence towards women while dressed as a character called ‘The Phantom’ emerged online.
Speaking in 2016 about the scandal, Chris said: “It kills me the stuff that went online – it in no way reflects how I feel about women.”
Dancing on Ice airs on ITV.
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