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Channel 4 'rests' The Jump for 2018 after string of celebrity injuries

Channel 4 said they didn't want to air The Jump at the same time as the Winter Olympics in South Korea.

The Jump won't be on screens in 2018, after Channel 4's decision to "rest the show for the year".

The winter sports programme hit headlines when the last series aired, due to the numerous injuries suffered by its celebrity contestants. Over the four seasons of the show, 34 contestants have been injured, including former gymnast Beth Tweddle, who broke two vertebrae in her neck and had to have part of her hip removed in surgery after her fall, and ex swimmer Rebecca Adlington, who dislocated her shoulder.

However, Channel 4 insisted the injuries were not part of taking the programme off air for a year. Instead, they cited the fact that it would air at the same time as the Winter Olympics in South Korea as the main factor in their decision.

"The Jump has been a hugely successful brand for Channel 4 over the last four years," a spokesperson for the broadcaster said. "However, with such a huge amount of winter sport on screen at the start of 2018 we have decided to rest the show for the year."

The last season of the show, presented by Davina McCall, was won by former Made In Chelsea star Spencer Matthews.

Davina previously revealed ahead of the last series of the show that she was surprised it had been bought back for another run.

"After seeing how many people got injured and how dangerous it was last year, I have no idea how it got another series," she told the Daily Star newspaper. "I’m amazed."

And the 2016 series led to viewers taking to social media to plead with bosses to take it off air "before someone gets killed".

"#TheJump is ridiculous. Dear god, please cancel it before somebody gets killed. Axe, axe, axe!", one viewer wrote, while another added, "Just cancel it already!! Are you waiting for someone to be injured for life, or even worse, death?? #TheJump @Channel4."

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