Last year, Channel 4’s Celebrity competition show, “The Jump” came under fire when 7 contestants suffered serious injuries; as seen in our report last year.
Surprisingly, The Jump returns to our screens on Sunday 5th February.
Producers have said that there has been a thorough review of safety standards following the volume of serious injuries that occurred in last year’s series. In a recent interview on ITV’s Lorraine, presenter Davina McCall explained that this year’s contestants will receive an extra 2 weeks intensive training.
Despite this, Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards, the show’s commentator, has reportedly been axed by the show after understandably raising his concerns at the Show’s approach to health and safety.
Speaking out about his worries in an interview 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.”
According to a source who spoke to The Sun newspaper, Producers were absolutely fuming with Eddie’s comments, telling them “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.”
Bosses are now reportedly 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.”