GMTV presenter Michael Underwood has been forced to pull out of ITV1’s Dancing on Ice after breaking his ankle in training.

Michael was practising a routine with professional ice skater Melanie Lambert when he fell awkwardly trying to stop on the ice.

He was then taken from the show’s studio’s in Elstree, Hertfordshire, to a nearby hospital where an X-ray confirmed he has broken his right ankle.

A show spokesperson said: “After breaking his ankle last night, Michael Underwood can no longer compete in Dancing on Ice.

“The whole team are sad to see Michael leave the competition in this way and wish him a speedy recovery.”

Michael told GMTV that dropping out of the show had left him ‘devastated’.

He added: “I’d like to say I was attempting some amazing triple axel or something, but I was just trying to stop,” he said.

Earlier this month, ex-Emmerdale actress Linda Lusardi took a tumble but was able to continue on the show after suffering a hairline fracture.

Last weekend, TV presenter Natalie Pinkham was the second contestant who was voted off the reality series, which has been getting an average of nine million viewers.