ITV denied Hollywood actress Daryl Hannah the chance to take part in Tom Daley diving contest Splash! – because she wasn’t famous enough in the UK.
According to the Daily Star, Hannah approached the broadcaster to see if she could become a contestant on the show’s second series, which aired earlier this year.
However, although both parties entered talks for a deal, Splash! bosses later pulled out because they felt the 53-year-old – known for her role in the 1984 film of the same name – wouldn’t pull in the punters.
A source commented: “Daryl really wanted to appear in Splash!. Because the film Splash made her famous, she felt it would be perfect – and she is a very good swimmer.
“They went into negotiations but sadly producers felt she just wasn’t famous enough anymore to get viewing figures.”
Hannah has starred in a string of blockbuster movies, including Kill Bill, Steel Magnolias and Wall Street.
Contestants who eventually took to the diving boards on Splash! included the likes of comedian Patrick Monaghan, TV presenter Paul Ross and Conservative MP Penny Mordaunt.
ITV is thought to have axed the show after two series due to low ratings as well as Daley’s hectic schedule.