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The Jump: Sam Jones out with injury, 5ive's Ritchie Neville steps in

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The Jump has lost another contestant as Flash Gordon star Sam Jones has been forced to pull out of the show.

The Channel 4 competition - which sees various celebrities battling it out in winter sports and live ski jumps - has already seen Tara Palmer-Tomkinson decide to quit.

Flash Gordon, Sam Jones

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Sam Jones - here in his days as Flash Gordon - has been forced to exit The Jump after picking up a shoulder injury


Jones has now been forced to exit after picking up a shoulder injury during training a few weeks ago, and has been replaced by 5ive's Ritchie Neville.

When Digital Spy visited the ski jump in Austria last month, Jones - who injured himself in an over-exuberant celebration after a successful jump - was wearing a sling and had to leave to go to a doctor's appointment.

Channel 4 has now confirmed to DS that Jones will not be competing, saying: "We had hoped that he would recover in time to still take part in the show but unfortunately he has had to pull out of the series on medical advice.

"Ritchie Neville will be replacing Sam in the competition and has been training alongside the other competitors in Austria."

Davina McCall arriving for the Arqiva British Academy Television Awards 2012 at the Royal Festival Hall, London.

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Davina McCall and Alex Brooker will host The Jump - while Ritchie Neville will replace Sam Jones


Jones admitted that he was "upset" with himself for hurting his shoulder, saying: "The time on the show is one of the most mentally and physically challenging ever, but also the most memorable I have ever experienced with fellow team mates - and that's exactly how we interacted with one another.

"As opposed to mean-spirited competitors, we actually built each other up with encouragement and lots of humour. We established such a strong camaraderie in such a short period of time that negativity was never allowed!"

Jones added that his co-stars had even paid him a "late night surprise hospital visit", saying: "There was so much laughter and volume they were asked to leave due to other patients complaining throughout the hallways. Our team exudes such a powerful spirit of life that it actually helped my recovery."

Jones also revealed that he would like to return to Austria when the live shows begin, while Neville admitted that the show is "one of the most terrifying things" he has ever done.

Ritchie Neville

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Ritchie Neville has been training alongside the other celebrities in Austria


"Good clean 'adventure' where you're absolutely terrified is, for some unbeknownst reason, one of my greatest pleasures," he said.

"Having no previous experience I've had to learn so much but I am loving it. When you're up against the likes of Sir Steve [Redgrave], my biggest fear is looking soft by comparison and that is the greatest motivator."

Laura Hamilton has signed up to replace Palmer-Tomkinson and will compete alongside Neville, Redgrave, Anthea Turner, Henry Conway, Melinda Messenger, Kimberly Wyatt, Darren Gough, Marcus Brigstocke, Sinitta, Nicky Clarke and Amy Childs.

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