Is the future of The Jump in jeopardy? Viewers claim show is 'too dangerous'

Gemma Strong

Questions are being asked about whether Channel 4 show The Jump is too dangerous. On Sunday, viewers tuned in to be told by host Davina McCall that Beth Tweddle was the latest contestant to have been injured while taking part in the competition and is "due to have routine surgery on her back after a fall in training".

Gymnast Beth, 30, was airlifted to hospital after she crashed into a barrier after practicing on the Big Jump. According to the Mirror, she was taken as a precaution and it is not yet known if her injuries will prevent her from returning to the show, or hamper her career.

Beth Tweddle is the third celebrity to have been injured in this series of The Jump

A Channel 4 spokesperson said: "The health and safety of the competitors is always paramount and Beth was immediately taken to hospital for treatment after hurting herself during training."

Beth is the third contestant to have been injured during this series of The Jump. Olympic swimmer Rebecca Adlington was the first to leave the show, having dislocated her shoulder, quickly followed by actress Tina Hobley, who dislocated her elbow.

A number of viewers have taken to social media to call for the show to be cancelled in light of the injuries, with one tweeting: "Terrible for Beth Tweddle to injure her back on The Jump after years as a competitive gymnast! Maybe it's time for The Jump to stop now."

Some viewers have suggested that the Channel 4 show is 'too dangerous'

However, there are as-yet no plans to end the show, and the remaining contestants – Brian McFadden, Dean Cain, Heather Mills, Linford Christie, Mark-Francis Vandello, Sarah Harding, Sid Owen, Tamara Beckwith and Tom Parker – will stay on to compete.

In a statement, Channel 4 said: "All events are planned with thorough health and safety procedures in place and the competitors' safety is always of upmost importance.

"There will always be an element of risk when competing in winter sports but all competitors undergo rigorous training and instruction with health and safety experts present. No competitor is cleared to take part unless the trainers deem their ability as proficient."

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