Dancing On Ice 2018: Matt Chapman replacement revealed after fans beckon for star’s AXE | TV & Radio | Showbiz & TV

Dancing On Ice 2018: Matt Chapman replacement revealed after fans beckon for star’s AXE | TV & Radio | Showbiz & TV

Sam Matterface will be filling Matt Chapman’s boots after ITV brought in the voice-over days before the second Dancing On Ice. 

The talkSPORT radio host will make his debut this Sunday alongside hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby.

Matterface was previously a regular presenter on Sky Sports News and is possibly best known for commenting on Premier League matches on talkSPORT.

Chapman joined Dancing On Ice for its 10th series last Sunday, replacing former commentator Tony Gubba who passed away in 2013. 

Viewers were divided by his performance last weekend, which is believed to be behind his withdrawal from the hit ITV series. 

“After all the hype very disappointing. Seemed really amateur, bad links, awful voice over. That’s me done I’m afraid,” moaned one audience member, which was followed by: “Oh my Lord new voice over man so hideously over the top! And audience as whoopingly annoying as ever!! #DancingOnIce.”

A third hissed: “Dancing on ice great to see you back but you have to get shot of amateur voice over man.”

Yesterday, Chapman rubbished claims he was axed and stressed that it was his decision to walk away from the prime time phenomenon. 

“I’ve decided to hang up my skates, leave the rink and return to the turf and I wish the show the best of luck for the rest of the run,” he said.

ITV have since told Express.co.uk: “We can confirm that Matt Chapman has left the show, and wish him all the very best and look forward to him reporting at ITV Racing at Warwick this weekend.”

Good Morning Britain took a cheeky swipe at Chapman during this morning’s broadcast while discussing his retirement with competitor, and resident GMB weatherman, Alex Beresford. 

Regular hosts Kate Garraway and Ben Shephard were joined by I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! runner-up Iain Lee, who has been filling in for the absent Richard Arnold.

As they conversed about Dancing On Ice, the radio host said: “Can I just say, there has been some controversy. The guy that does the commentary has gone.

“I am now out of a job. I have got my own headphones and I am free at the weekend.”

Dancing On Ice continues Sunday at 6pm on ITV.

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