Dancing On Ice 2022: John Barrowman 'not been sacked' as show 'refreshes' judges

John Barrowman wasn’t ‘sacked’ from Dancing On Ice, it has been insisted, after ITV announced the Torchwood star would no longer be part of the programme.

The actor, who has been on the judging panel since 2019, will be replaced this year.

However, an ITV source told Metro.co.uk: ‘Contrary to some reports, John has not been “sacked” from Dancing on Ice for the reasons outlined.

‘On any long running series like Dancing on Ice, every few series a decision is made to refresh the panel as is the case here, and we continue to work with John as host of All Star Musicals at ITV.’

It comes after the channel announced Barrowman’s departure, saying in a statement: ‘We thank John Barrowman for two brilliant years on the Dancing On Ice panel and are pleased to be working with him again as host of the forthcoming All Star Musicals specials.’

While a new judge has not yet been confirmed, it’s thought that former Strictly judge Arlene Phillips is in ‘advanced talks’.

Barrowman’s departure from the show comes months after he said he had taken part in ‘tomfoolery’ on the sets of BBC shows Doctor Who and Torchwood but stressed that it was never intended to be sexual in nature.

It came after two former runners alleged that Barrowman ‘would get his genitals out on a regular basis’ while on set, although stressed that it was ‘larking about’ and not sexually predatory behaviour.

Barrowman told the publication that his ‘high-spirited behaviour’ was ‘only ever intended in good humour to entertain colleagues on set and backstage’, and said: ‘With the benefit of hindsight, I understand that upset may have been caused by my exuberant behaviour and I have apologised for this previously.

‘Since my apology in November 2008, my understanding and behaviour have also changed.’

In July, it was revealed that Barrowman was undergoing therapy in the wake of allegations of lewd behaviour.

Metro.co.uk has contacted reps for John Barrowman for comment.

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