DANCING on Ice star Faye Brookes’ partner quit after a tense meeting with producers over the couple’s next performance.
The former Corrie actress, 33, feared the routine — based on a scene from 1990 film Pretty Woman — was too basic.
Hours later, ITV announced her injured pro skate partner Hamish Gaman was out.
Faye has been unhappy with her treatment at the hands of the judging panel, feeling they had been harsh.
And she was worried she might be in the bottom two again.
It is thought Hamish’s hand injury, a torn tendon from putting on socks, made a more difficult routine impossible.
Matt Evers, 44, previously partner to Denise van Outen will skate with Faye when the series returns a week on Sunday after an injuries break.
A production source said: “Faye wants to win at all costs and has been concerned that the judges have been quite critical of her and Hamish.
“So, at the start of the week, as rehearsals for what would have been this Sunday’s show began, they both went in to see show bosses to express their concern over the routine.
“Faye, in particular, felt it would be too simplistic, they’d get low marks and she would be at risk of elimination.
"It can’t have helped that the routine was taking into account Hamish’s injury.
"But, after the meeting, the cogs clearly whirred into action because less than a day later Hamish was gone.”
Hamish, 37, told fans medics had cleared him to skate. But an ITV source added: “Hamish was told he could do irreparable damage to himself if he carried on and then fell.
“His instincts would be to try and catch Faye if she fell but in doing so could limit his skating career in the future.”
Bosses face a favouritism row by letting axed Emmerdale star Joe-Warren Plant, 18, and Vanessa Bauer, 24, rejoin.
They missed only one week after their Covid diagnoses.
Rufus Hound, 41, who had Covid, Billie Shepherd, 31, and Van Outen, 46, who were both injured, all had at least two weeks off. Reserves Olympian Amy Tinkler, 21, and comedian Matt Richardson, 29, were called in but voted off.
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