Channel 4 has begun talks for a fourth series of The Jump

Boss Jay Hunt says she's "very proud" of the injury-hit show

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It seems a fourth series of accident-prone The Jump IS on the cards, as bosses have reportedly begun talks about bringing it back in 2017.

The contest sees celebrities have a go at winter sports, and has been described as the most dangerous show on television.

However, this year's series - which ended earlier this month with rugby star Ben Cohen being crowned champion - went to new extremes, with no less than SEVEN contestants being forced to quit over serious injuries.

This led to reports that Channel 4 was set to axe the show, believing it to be more bother than it's worth - although a spokesperson for the broadcaster insisted the claims were "categorically untrue".

Now, according to the RadioTimes, bosses have indeed entered early talks for The Jump to return next year.

"Obviously there's much to discuss but there's a lot of good will around The Jump," a source commented. "It's early days, and no-one is making any assumptions, but conversations have started about what a fourth series might look like."

C4's chief creative officer Jay Hunt has backed the show, saying that she's "very proud" of it and is "really minded to bring it back" in an interview with Broadcast magazine this week.

Tina Hobley recently revealed that she's considering suing The Jump over her injury, which she incurred by swerving to avoid a crew member on the ski jump landing area while she was participating in training.

The Holby City actress, who suffered a broken arm, told the Daily Star: "Someone told me to jump and it wasn’t safe to jump. So it wasn’t an accident that was my fault."

Ratings for the latest series were in line with previous editions, with a consolidated average of 2.3million viewers.

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