DANCING On Ice star Alex Murphy has said she's "devastated" after being axed from the show – just months after winning it.
The pro, who lifted the trophy with Joe Swash in March explained bosses at the ITV show had left her "broken hearted" after failing to renew her contract for another year.
Writing on Instagram, she said: "It is with a heavy heart that I release the following statement:
"For the last three years, Dancing On Ice has not only been my job, but also what I considered to be my family.
"I am broken hearted to announced that I have recently been informed that I will not be re-contracted for Dancing On Ice 2021 series.
"This decision has come as a huge shock to me. I absolutely love the show and had hoped to go back for 2021. I have been left feeling bewildered, lost, and devastated."
She went on: "I am so grateful for the three years that I had on this incredible show and I will wholeheartedly miss everyone and everything about it.
"Though I am heartbroken, I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason, and although this hurts right now, I will pick myself up and look forward towards the future.
"Thank you so much to all my colleagues at DOI and most importantly the viewers for the constant support and love that you have shown me the last 3 years.
"It was an incredible part of my life and though it is ending sooner than I would have liked, I am so grateful for the memories."
Dancing On Ice judge Ashley Banjo reacted with shock, posting: "😞 Can’t believe that…"
His brother Jordan Banjo, who once did the backstage interviews on Dancing On Ice, told Alex: "Hope you’re all good, rubbish news man😩."
Former star James Jordan added: "Wow! Shocked, hope you are ok."
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