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Josie Gibson out of The Jump after refusing final task

Josie Gibson refused to take part in The Jump in the show's debut episode on Sunday night (05Feb17), meaning she was off the show.

Josie Gibson was the first celebrity off The Jump on Sunday night (05Feb17), after she refused to take on the show's final challenge.

The former Big Brother starlet had been hoping to emerge victorious in the Channel 4 programme, which returned to screens on Sunday night despite a controversial and injury-packed previous series.

However, Josie's journey came to an early end when she opted out of competing in the jump - the trial the show is named after which sees celebrities launch themselves off a ski ramp to see how far they can travel.

Josie's decision not to try her luck at the jump meant that all Emma Parker Bowles had to do was land her jump in order to stay in the show.

She did that with ease, meaning that Josie became the first star to officially exit this year's series.

Speaking to host Davina McCall after her departure was announced, Josie said: "I've never experienced fear like it...I've never gone down that jump. I feel like I need to work on my confidence and self esteem.

"I knew I was out. I'm not upset that I'm out and I lost. I'm upset that I let my fears get the better of me. You can do everything that you want to do, but it's our fears in our minds that stop us.

"It's flattering that I was even in the show. Just look at the cast, then look at me!"

Josie wasn't the only star to make an early exit from the programme - Vogue Williams was forced to pull out after suffering a knee injury during training that will see her out of action for the next three months.

But the model and presenter vowed to return to the Austrian slopes next year (18) if she is given the opportunity to do so, telling Davina: "100 per cent if The Jump comes back next year, I’m going to be in it to win it."

Vogue was also left speechless when Davina appeared to confirm her romance with Spencer Matthews, accusing the presenter of "throwing me under the bus".

Olympic gymnast Louis Smith is now frontrunner for the victor title, after taking home the series' first Mini Cowbell trophy after winning the Parallel Slalom in just 16.42 seconds.

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