Nicky Slater has been dropped from the Dancing On Ice judging panel.
The former ice dancing star was the 1976 World Junior Champion and went on to become a European bronze medallist in 1983, along with fellow panel member Karen Barber.
Slater took to his official website this evening to reveal the news to his fans.
Admitting that he would not be appearing on the sixth series of the ITV show, he wrote:
“ITV have told me that they are refreshing the judging panel for the 2011 season of Dancing On Ice and that I will not be on the panel.
“I have been a judge for the last five years on the show. It was a shock to get the news as I was under the impression that I was wanted for the show. However, things changed abruptly. My lawyer was told and had it confirmed again today that I will not be needed.”
Adding that he feels like he’s been sacked, Slater continued:
“I imagine I will go through the gamut of emotions ranging from loss, to ‘woe is me’ to a rational balanced approach that justifies the decision in the next few weeks. I’ve had some of this already. In some strange way, even though I was a contractor out of contract, the surprising and somewhat cursory goodbye feels like I’ve been sacked!
“So I expect some natural emotional rollercoastering. I have enjoyed being part of a super team and a big show – I love showbusiness. It has sometimes been great fun and often very challenging as a journey for me as a judge on DOI.”
On his future, he added: “There are blessings in the news. DOI does take time and a lot of head-space for me and I have been craving time for my own projects.
“Now I have more which is a win. My next year is planned as one of learning, writing and developing music, video and my own show in my studio. I am on a journey that I hope will end up with something magical to give the world.
“I wish all the DOI crew, producers and front-of-house talent every success for series six which I am sure will be as action-packed as ever. Thank you for the five years I’ve had. I must admit though that I will be glad not to have people shouting down my ear in a hostile environment for a while.”