Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards axed from The Jump after he slagged it off
‘Sensitive’ producers have reportedly axed Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards from The Jump after he publicly raised health and safety concerns about the controversial Channel 4 show.
Eddie is a former Olympic skier, famously finishing in last place in both the 70m and 90m ski jump events at the 1988 winter Olympics, and has been a commentator on the show since it launched in 2014.
However, when the star admitted that he was “surprised” that The Jump had been renewed for a fourth series, he was given the boot.
Speaking out in October, Eddie said: “I kept on telling the producers, ‘It’s going to get very difficult, very hairy’ and they said, ‘No it’s all right’ and they’ve carried on and they’ve had so many accidents.
“I was very surprised they’re going to have another series.”
The Jump has sparked debate over the years after numerous celebrities were forced to leave the competition after obtaining countless serious injuries, including Beth Tweedle who broke her back and needed months of rehabilitation.
Still, producers were absolutely fuming with Eddie’s comments and a source told The Sun: “Producers didn’t like what he was saying about the show as it came in for a lot of stick.
“They are really sensitive because of the amount of people who have broken their legs or been seriously hurt.
“It would be hard for Eddie to appear on the show after his comments because he would have to explain them and there is a high chance someone else will get injured.”
However, bosses are now pre-recording much more of the show to minimise the chances of any injuries being shown on TV, with the insider adding: “The celebrities flew out yesterday and will be filming for at least a month before the show starts.
“The producers don’t want to risk anything this year and pre-recording most stuff makes it a lot easier.
“There have been a few injuries on camera in the past – not just in training – so they want to avoid those situations.
“It also means the celebs won’t take bigger risks as the adrenaline won’t be pumping like it does on the live shows.”
The Jump returns to our screens on February 5th.