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Pamela Anderson. Picture: Miles Willis/Invision/AP

Hollywood star Pamela Anderson suffered a stumble and a wardrobe malfunction as she became the first celebrity to be axed from Dancing on Ice in the UK.

The former Baywatch star and Playboy model, 45, was sent crashing out on the first night of the competition, losing a dance off against television comedian Keith Chegwin after problems with her dress.

A stunned looking Anderson said afterwards she was sad to have been knocked out, but added: "I just stumbled, my dress . . . my boobs fell out, it happens."

Despite sitting third following the judge's vote, Anderson and partner Matt Evers took part in the "safety skate" against Chegwin and Olga Sharutenko after slipping into the bottom two once the public votes were added.

The judges unanimously voted to axe the Canadian-born actress, who danced to Sinead O'Connor's cover of Elton John's Sacrifice, preferring "Cheggers" routine set to Carl Orff's Carmina Burana.

Writing on Twitter afterwards, Anderson added: "Thanks for everything. Sorry I was voted off . . . My dress fell apart in save-me skate. Devestated (sic).

"Sorry international calls were not excepted (sic). I couldn't vote with my own phone."

When she came off the ice, presenter Phillip Schofield had quipped: "If it had happened a little earlier this evening you'd have been guaranteed a place in the final."