A legendary Gogglebox star is reportedly set to join Dancing On Ice ‘in a bombshell move’.
Stephen Webb, 52, announced he was leaving the Channel 4 show earlier this month.
But it seemed the TV star had bigger plans as he revealed he was leaving Gogglebox pursuing ‘other opportunities’, The sun has reported.
It emerged the Brighton hair salon owner had ‘swapped his sofa for skates’, as a source admitted several Gogglebox stars ‘at some point they face a dilemma’ as they receive different offers after developing a higher profile.
‘When they move on to other things they officially make their transition to celebrity, and the intention is for Gogglebox reviewers to be regular members of the audience.’
Surprise: A legendary Gogglebox star is reportedly set to join Dancing On Ice ‘in a bombshell move’, The Sun has reported
Update: Stephen Webb, 52, announced he was leaving the Channel 4 show earlier this month
The television source added: ‘Stephen had greatly developed his own profile. It was no surprise that he received other offers, although no one could have imagined that he would do Dancing On Ice.’
Stephen has been on the Channel 4 show for a decade and was one of its most prominent stars, but he told fans earlier this month: ‘After careful consideration, Daniel and I have decided that we will not be returning for the new series of Gogglebox .
“We believe the time is right to move forward and explore other options.”
MailOnline has contacted Dancing On Ice representatives for comment.
The star-studded roster for the upcoming season of Dancing On Ice continues to deliver surprises – as boxing legend Ricky Hatton has been signed to take part in the iconic competition, according to The sun.
The former world boxing champion, 44, is reportedly preparing to train for the show.
A source told the publication: ‘Ricky has a huge following and will be a hit with viewers. He knows no fear.’
It’s been over a decade since Ricky retired from boxing and hung up his gloves in 2012 after being knocked out by Vyacheslav Senchenko.
He had an illustrious career, with 43 straight wins as a professional, before suffering two defeats in four fights against Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao.
The sportsman has been open about his struggles with depression and alcoholism, which he says was sparked by his first professional defeat to Mayweather in December 2007.
It has also been reported that S Club 7 star Hannah Spearritt has joined the cast of the ITV show.
The 42-year-old singer would have already started rehearsals after her left S Club in May, after the shocking death of her ex-boyfriend and bandmate Paul Cattermole.
Hannah follows in the footsteps of fellow S Club star Rachel Stevens who joined the show in 2022.
A spokesperson for the show declined to comment on the claims, saying all names are “purely speculative” at this time.
Shona McGarty is also rumored to be joining, after quitting her role in EastEnders after 15 years.
The actress, 31, who played Whitney Dean in the BBC soap, quit the role in July after a cast shake-up was reported.
Holly Willoughby will return as host to the show after her former co-star Phillip Schofield was axed from the programme.
Phillip, 61, co-presented the series with Holly, 42, for 12 series, before and after the four-year break, before being axed from his ITV shows this year after having an affair with a junior This Morning colleague.
Departing: Stephen told fans earlier this month: ‘After careful consideration, Daniel and I have decided that we will not be returning for the new series of Gogglebox’
New signing: Ricky Hatton reportedly close to signing major deal for next series of Dancing On Ice (pictured last month)
Ready to go: It’s also been reported that S Club 7 star Hannah Spearritt has joined the cast of the ITV show
Former partnership: Holly Willoughby returns to host the show after her former co-star Phillip Schofield was axed from the program (pictured in January this year)
Stephen Mulhern is reportedly in line to replace Phillip, and is said to have been offered the show and is considering it, according to the Mirror.
The Catchphrase star, 46, has already had a taste of hosting the figure skating competition after being brought in to replace Phillip when he was struck down with Covid last February.
It was claimed that Vernon Kay was also being considered for the role, while Holly is also close to Bradley Walsh, while Jordan Banjo could be another option.
An ITV spokesperson told MailOnline: ‘We will confirm details about Dancing on Ice 2024 in due course.’