A devastated Phillip Schofield has confirmed that he will not be hosting Dancing on Ice on Sunday after he has continued to test positive for Covid
Phillip Schofield has confirmed that he will not be hosting Dancing On Ice this Sunday, as his Covid isolation continues.
The heartbroken presenter took to Instagram to share his positive result twice over as he admitted he’d repeated his test to be ‘absolutely sure.’
It was reported earlier in the week that Stephen Mulhern was bracing himself to step into Phil’s shoes and front the ITV skating show with Holly Willoughby.
As Phil, 59, remains in isolation, Stephen has now been given the greenlight to prepare for Sunday evening’s show.
Offering his replacement some words of advice, Phil said told the Celebrity Catchprase star and Holly to have an ‘amazing time.’
“It’s SO much fun,” Phil told his ITV co-star.
Following Phil’s Instagram post, a spokesperson for Dancing on Ice confirmed: “This Sunday’s episode of Dancing on Ice will be hosted by Holly Willoughby and Stephen Mulhern while Phillip Schofield continues to self-isolate.”
Breaking his silence on the announcement, Stephen said: “”I’m very much looking forward to being back hosting alongside my good friend Holly this weekend.
“It’s big shoes to fill and I’m wishing Phillip a speedy recovery.
“I’m a big fan of Dancing on Ice and for one night only I’m thrilled to be rink side watching the action unfold. It’s going to be unbelievable!”
Phil announced on Monday evening he had tested positive for Covid after a busy weekend that saw him attend the theater with estranged wife Stephanie and present Dancing On Ice’s movie week special alongside Holly.
He has since been posting regular updates about his isolation as he revealed he was binge-watching US series This Is Us and raiding his freezer for forgotten treats.
In Phil’s absence, ITV daytime show This Morning has seen a revolving line-up of stand-in presenters.
The likes of Rochelle Humes, Vernon Kay, Josie Gibson and Alison Hammond have all volunteered their services to front the award-winning morning show.
The Mirror exclusively revealed on Friday that Stephen Mulhern had been carefully selected as Phillip’s Dancing On Ice replacement.
“Phil is off recovering, Stephen was delighted to be asked to step in to fill his shoes and present alongside Holly.
“He gets on with everyone so bosses are more than happy for him to step up. Everyone’s wishing Phil a quick recovery and hoping to see him back in his rightful place later this month,” a source said.
It was previously announced that Dame Arlene Phillips will swap the dancefloor for the ice rink when she joins the show as a guest judge this weekend.
The former Strictly Come Dancing judge, 78, will make a one-off appearance on the panel alongside permanent judges Oti Mabuse, Jayne Torvill, Christopher Dean and Ashley Banjo for the show’s musical theatre-themed week.
Last weekend presenter Ria Hebden became the second contestant eliminated from the show, after ending up in the skate-off during movie week.
The judges unanimously chose to save former S Club 7 star Rachel Stevens.
Dancing On Ice is on ITV on Sunday at 6pm
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.