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Mr Motivator departs BBC's Tumble due to knee injury

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Mr Motivator has departed BBC One's gymnastics show Tumble.

The fitness expert and former GMTV personality dislocated his knee during a trial run of the show.

Derrick Evans aka Mr Motivator

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Mr Motivator, whose real name is Derrick Evans, will need to undergo surgery to correct the damage done to his knee.

Evans said that he was "devastated" not to be able to continue in what he describes as an "amazing experience".

"A heartfelt thanks goes to all the team but especially my gymnastics partner Kerry and coach Alberto, who have been so supportive and brilliant to work with - I'm sorry our journey has been broken this way," he added.

Former Blue Peter presenter Peter Duncan will replace Evans, it has been reported.

BBC recently released the first cast photo for its upcoming primetime show.

Tumble: Amelle Berrabah, John Partridge, Sarah Harding, Ian H Watkins, Andrea Mclean, Lucy Mecklenburgh, Bobby Lockwood, Emma Samms, Mr Motivator, Carl Froch

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Contestants include Sugababes singer Amelle Berrabah, EastEnders star John Partridge, and Girls Aloud member Sarah Harding.

Steps star Ian 'H' Watkins will also be involved, alongside presenter Andrea McLean, The Only Way is Essex's Lucy Mecklenburgh, Wolfblood's Bobby Lockwood, boxer Carl Froch and Dynasty actress Emma Samms.

Alex Jones is presenting the Saturday night series, while Olympian Beth Tweddle takes on a mentor role to the celebrities.

Tumble will air on BBC One from August 9.

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