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Davina McCall: 'I don't even ski... it's too scary'

Host of celebrity dangerous sports show The Jump Davina McCall admits she won't even try skiing because she's afraid of getting injured.

Davina McCall has no plans to join the celebrities on TV show The Jump.

The host of the alpine sports reality show which hit headlines because of its rotating roster of injured celebrities isn't surprised by the number of casualties on the show, however, she makes it clear that isn't planning to join them anytime soon.

Several of the 12 contestants were injured on what some TV critics called ‘the most dangerous show on television’, and Channel 4 were forced to carry out an urgent safety review.

When asked if she was surprised about the number of injuries on the show, the 48-year-old former Big Brother presenter admitted to The Metro she wasn't.

"Not really, because it's the same number we've had on previous series, but (Olympic gymnast) Beth Tweddle's was a bad (back) injury and a shocker for all of us. Hopefully she''ll be fine. Plans are in place to make sure our celebrities are as safe as they can be. We're getting ready to do it all over again," she said, adding she won't be fastening up her own ski boots any time soon.

"No, I don't even ski," she smiled. "Friends come back with injuries from skiing holidays every, year. It's too scary for me."

Davina was speaking ahead of her return to TV screens for tear-jerking reunion ITV show Long Lost Family. Initially it was a bit of a departure format wise for Davina, who made her name hosting Big Brother on Channel 4.

However, an appearance on BBC show Who Do You Think You Are? helped to show her in a different light, which led to her being offered the programme alongside Nicky Campbell.

"I just put one foot in front of the other... After Big Brother, people thought I just ran around screaming and being pregnant, so Long Lost Family is something I never thought would have happened," she explained.

And as for how she's survived in television for so long, managing to cover so many different formats, Davina smiled: "I've learned to play to my strengths rather than emulate what other people have done."

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