Alex Murphy has been left feeling "bewildered, lost, and devastated" after she was dropped from 'Dancing on Ice' - just three months after she and Joe Swash won the latest series.

Alex Murphy

Alex Murphy

The 31-year-old pro skater is "broken-hearted" after the ITV show's bosses decided not to renew her contract for next year's series, and she admitted the decision has "come as a huge shock".

She wrote on Instagram: "It is with a heavy heart that I release the following statement:

"For the last three years, Dancing On ice has not only been my job, but also what I considered to be my family.

"I am broken hearted to announced that I have recently been informed that I will not be re-contracted for Dancing On Ice 2021 series.

"This decision has come as a huge shock to me. I absolutely love the show and had hoped to go back for 2021. I have been left feeling bewildered, lost, and devastated.

"I am so grateful for the three years that I had on this incredible show and I will wholeheartedly miss everyone and everything about it. (sic)"

However, Alex is attempting to put a brave face on the decision, and she thanked her co-stars and fans for their "constant support" during her three years on the show.

She added: "Though I am heartbroken, I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason, and although this hurts right now, I will pick myself up and look forward towards the future.

"Thank you so much to all my colleagues at DOI and most importantly the viewers for the constant support and love that you have shown me the last 3 years.

"It was an incredibly part of my list and though it is ending sooner than I would have liked, I am so grateful for the memories."

Several stars took to Instagram to reveal their shock at the decision, including 'Dancing on Ice' judge Ashley Banjo.

He wrote: "Can't believe that... (sic)"

'Coronation Street' actress Lisa George, who took part in this year's series, wrote: "OMG - I can't believe that - so sorry darling . Onwards and upwards (sic)"

Denise van Outen posted: "Oh no!! Sending you so much love . Hope you're ok beautiful lady (sic)"

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