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British reality show all fun until somebody gets hurt


Taking a leap of faith is difficult for the cast of The Jump when there is no safety net.

The celebrity skiers of the U.K. Channel 4 reality show The Jump, where celebrities compete, taking on challenging winter sports have cause for concern if they are injured. The stars of the show are not insured for financial loss in the event of a serious injury, according to The Mirror.

Made in Chelsea reality star, Mark-Francis Vandelli became the fourth contestant to leave the show after fracturing his ankle on the Feb. 7 episode, Yahoo News U.K. reported.

Mr. Vandelli joins gymnast Beth Tweddle, Olympic swimmer Rebecca Adlington, and actress Tina Hobley.

“Each of the contributors are fully insured to take part, with appropriate levels of insurance, and all are made fully aware of the level of cover before signing to take part,” said Channel 4.

A former contestant tells a different story. Comedian and actor Marcus Brigstocke, a cast member on the show's first season in 2014, says that his insurance coverage was inadequate when he was unable to work for several months after snapping the cruciate ligaments in his knee. According to Mr. Brigstocke, he took a financial loss, The Mirror reports.

Since The Jump began, 11 contestants have withdrawn from the competition due to injury. Serious injuries have included a ruptured knee, shattered leg, and fractured skull, The Mirror reported.