Ben Foden returns to DOI after his wife Jackie blasted the show

Ben Foden returned to for the 2022 final on Sunday night despite his wife Jackie Belanoff-Smith slamming the show when he was voted off first.

The rugby player, 36, appeared with professional skater Robin Johnstone as Brendan Cole and battled it out in an all-male Bolero showdown. 

 was the first celebrity to be booted from the favourite after losing out in the skate off to Ria Hebden.  

Guess who's back: Ben Foden returned to Dancing On Ice for the 2022 final on Sunday night despite his wife Jackie Belanoff-Smith slamming the show when he was voted off first

Guess who’s back: Ben Foden returned to Dancing On Ice for the 2022 final on Sunday night despite his wife Jackie Belanoff-Smith slamming the show when he was voted off first

At the time, Jackie claimed that the ‘pointless’ programme was an ‘unfair popularity competition’, adding that the worst skater managed to remain in the process.

The US native revealed she was looking forward to jetting out of England, so that she could ‘get back to the real world’ in her scathing attack.

The health and wellness entrepreneur had previously encouraged viewers not to vote for the rugby professional, joking she was ‘convinced’ he would cheat on her with S Club 7’s Rachel Stevens.

In her post, she began: ‘What’s the point of saying it’s a skate house competition when it’s really just a popularity competition? 

Back again: The rugby player, 36, appeared with professional skater Robin Johnstone as Brendan Cole and Regan Gascoigne battled it out in an all-male Bolero showdown

Back again: The rugby player, 36, appeared with professional skater Robin Johnstone as Brendan Cole and Regan Gascoigne battled it out in an all-male Bolero showdown

Not happy: At the time, Jackie claimed that the 'pointless' programme was an 'unfair popularity competition', adding that the worst skater managed to remain in the process

Not happy: At the time, Jackie claimed that the ‘pointless’ programme was an ‘unfair popularity competition’, adding that the worst skater managed to remain in the process

‘Why divide the skaters into two weeks, groups of your choosing, and why not judge all their scores together after the two weeks?

‘What’s the point of getting a bunch of people together and then not judging them together afterwards?

‘And what’s the point of having a judging panel when it’s all down to a public vote.

‘That’s not a skate competition, it’s a popularity competition. What’s the point of anyone doing this really practicing and trying to learn if you’re just going to be judged on your popularity?

Fuming! In her post, she began: 'What's the point of saying it's a skate competition when it's really just a popularity competition?'

Fuming! In her post, she began: ‘What’s the point of saying it’s a skate competition when it’s really just a popularity competition?’

‘It’s a bit unfair, and we’re a bit sad, the worst skater wasn’t the first to go, I don’t really see the point.’

‘Yes, it’s how the show makes money but maybe leave the public vote for the save me skate offs or something?

‘Otherwise it’s just kind of pointless to even try.’ 

First out! Ben was the first celebrity to be booted from the ITV favourite after losing out in the skate off to Ria Hebden

First out! Ben was the first celebrity to be booted from the ITV favourite after losing out in the skate off to Ria Hebden

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