Dancing On Ice skilled skater Matt Evers has introduced his choice to stop the ITV sequence.
The TV star made his announcement in a heartfelt video posted on Instagram, during which he spoke to his followers whereas sitting on a seaside.
‘Effectively, I knew today would ultimately come and it’s right here. After 15 UK sequence and one Australian sequence, I simply wished to allow you to guys know that I’m not going to be skating on this yr’s sequence of Dancing on Ice,’ he shared.
‘It is perhaps that point to lastly hold up these ice skates for as soon as and all.’
Matt, 47, made historical past on Dancing On Ice when he turned part of the primary same-sex partnership with Ian ‘H’ Watkins from Steps, and in addition carried out the primary ever daring headbanger transfer along with his first ever associate, Bonnie Langford.
Having been on Dancing On Ice since 2006, he was the longest-serving skilled skater on the present.
Matt is hanging up his Dancing On Ice skates (Image: Rex/ITV)
In his video message, he opened up about how the previous few months ‘haven’t been simple to say the least’, however added that ‘every part’s gonna be okay’.
‘Now to all of you followers. Wow! 2006, we first got here on the air and y’all haven’t left us since. We’ve grown up, we’ve grown previous collectively. We’ve been by means of the great, we’ve been by means of the dangerous, we’ve been by means of the ugly and even a pandemic collectively,’ he stated.
‘We noticed the beginning of social media, which as nasty as these apps might be typically, they do have their advantages as a result of it permits us to attach by means of our channels and thru our platforms. So thanks in your endless assist.’
He then paid tribute to all of his previous Dancing On Ice celeb companions, together with Bonnie, Denise Welch, Pamela Anderson, Gemma Collins, H and earlier this yr, Patsy Palmer.
Former Towie star Gemma Collins was one in every of Matt’s companions on the present (Image: John Phillips/Getty Photos)
Matt and Ian ‘H’ Watkins made historical past with their partnership (Image: Matt Frost/ITV/Rex/Shutterstock)
‘I’ve liked each single sequence, spending time with you on and off the ice. And I could have taught you skate, however individually, you probably did train me one thing about myself,’ he acknowledged.
‘I’m not going to get into all of that proper now as a result of that’s going to be in my e book. However thanks.’
Matt paid homage to skating legends Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean saying that whereas it’s stated that you just shouldn’t ‘turn out to be associates along with your heroes’, he’ll take their ‘kindness and inspiration’ with him eternally.
As he continued, the skater then honoured the crew and manufacturing groups at ITV, in addition to his glam squad, who he admitted he was ‘going to overlook essentially the most’.
Lastly, Matt seemed ahead to the longer term, telling his followers: ‘What’s subsequent? I don’t know, however I can let you know this – this isn’t goodbye as a result of goodbyes give me anxiousness.
His ultimate associate on the present was Patsy Palmer (Image: Matt Frost/ITV/Shutterstock)
‘Let’s simply say it is a “I’ll see you quickly”. And since I don’t have a horse to journey off, the seaside and this sundown must do. From the underside of my coronary heart, thanks.’
Following the announcement of Matt’s exit, an ITV spokesperson stated: ‘Matt has been an enormous a part of the present from the very first sequence creating a number of the present’s iconic moments.
‘From performing the primary ever headbanger on the very first present with associate Bonnie Langford, storming to victory with associate Suzanne Shaw in season three and performing in our first ever identical intercourse couple with Ian “H” Watkins on season 12.
‘Matt will all the time be part of the Dancing On Ice household and we want him all the perfect for the longer term.’
Dancing On Ice returns to ITV subsequent yr.