Dancing On Ice fans have been left confused and unhappy after the show failed to mention former star Sean Rice on Sunday’s episode.
The Canadian professional ice skater, who took part on the ITV competition in 2011 and 2012, was a firm favourite with fans and died on Friday at the age of 49.
Despite Sean’s links to Dancing On Ice, the show did not pay tribute to him – or mention his death – on the first episode, which aired hours after the news emerged.
Many fans took to social media to voice their disappointment over the scenes.
‘I expected a mention from @dancingonice@ITV to mark the passing of Sean on tonight’s show,’ one frustrated fan wrote, while another said the lack of a tribute was ‘disrespectful’.
An angry fan said: ‘Shame on you @dancingonice and @ITV for not paying tribute to Sean Rice tonight! A well loved past member of your pro cast passes away, and you say nothing? Shameful SMH,’ adding ‘RIP Sean’.
A Twitter user said it was ‘slightly disappointing they couldn’t fit in even a quick nod to former pro Sean who sadly died this week,’ while yet another wrote they were ‘very sad and shocked that there was no tribute or even a mention about the death of Sean’.
A viewer penned: ‘Did I miss the remembrance of Sean Rice or was they no mention of his passing? One of their own yet not a single mention’.
Many others agreed it was ‘poor form’ of the show not to mention the former star’s death, considering he was ‘a huge part of the show and on the tours’.
When asked about the lack of tribute for the former star, a spokesperson for Dancing On Ice told Metro.co.uk: ‘We are all deeply saddened to hear this news (of his death).
‘Sean was a wonderful skater and friend to many on the Dancing On Ice team. Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time.’
The former Dancing On Ice star had competed in the World Championships with his wife, and fellow professional skater, Jodeyne Higgins, who he shares daughter Signey with.
Fellow skater and close friend Frankie Poultney confirmed the sad news of his death on social media, sharing a video of his best moments on the ice.
‘Pro skaters are heartbroken today, we lost a true larger than life great – an epic skater, a husband, father, and my friend of 20 years,’ Frankie tweeted.
‘Sean Rice, 20/07/72 – 14/01/22 gone too soon, but we will Love You For A Thousand Years.
‘All of our thoughts are with Signey and Jodeyne.’