ITV regular host Holly Willoughby was forced to miss Dancing On Ice tonight after testing positive for Covid-19, leaving fellow presenter Phillip Schofield alone to host the show.
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Tonight’s Dancing on Ice fans couldn’t help but be confused as Phillip Schofield steered the skating competition alone as the ITV show entered the semi-finals.
This comes after TV presenter Holly Willoughby’s regular co-host tested positive for Covid-19.
The This Morning presenter was unable to host tonight with Phillip, but has confirmed she will be back for the live finale in two weeks.
As Phillip opened the semi-final, he said: “As you can see Holly isn’t here tonight.
“Just a few hours ago we found out that she tested positive for Covid. I know how it feels to watch this show at home – it’s really weird. Holly, get well soon. come again, lots of love.”
But as the show opened, ITV viewers took to Twitter to express their embarrassment at the lack of a Holly replacement, as Phillip let Stephen Mulhern stand in when he tested positive ahead of the series.
One wrote: “So when Schofe isn’t there, Holly needs a co-host, but Phillip isn’t? Cheers to the fashion gender bias from ITV tonight.”
One fan tweeted: “Nobody squeezing in Holly? But someone squeezing in Phillip unless it’s the last minute.”
Another wrote: “probably found out too late to replace Holly, but I’m sure they might have found someone.”
Another wrote: “So Phillip has tested positive for covid and Holly must have a co-host. Holly tests positive but can Phillip have self-control?”
One ITV viewer tweeted: “No Holly tonight, it’s going to be a long schofield watching,” as another chimed in: “The whole nation when they see Holly Willoughby missing” alongside a GIF TV is turned off.
A Dancing on Ice spokesperson said ahead of the screening: “Unfortunately, Holly Willoughby is unable to host tonight after testing positive for Covid-19. We look forward to Holly’s return in the Live Finals on Ice. ”
Co-host Phillip shared a snap of the two together on his Instagram before the show, and wrote: “Amazing my mate won’t be with me on Dancing on Ice tonight. Get well soon.”
This is the second time the Dancing on Ice series has plunged into chaos after testing positive for coronavirus, after Phillip was forced to miss a previous ITV skating performance.
The 59-year-old has also missed several This Morning shows, with host Stephen Mulhern replacing him on Dancing on Ice.
The Saturday Night Takeaway regular, who is currently recovering from a mysterious illness, said Phillip’s were “big shoes to fill” as he walked the side of the rink along Holly.
“I can’t wait to be back hosting with my good friend Holly this weekend. Those are big shoes to fill and I wish Phillip a speedy recovery,” he shared in a statement after The Mirror exclusively revealed he will be Phil’s replacement.
“I am a huge fan of Dancing on Ice and for one night I was delighted to be standing by the court watching the action unfold. It will be unbelievable! ”
In tonight’s semi-final, the remaining celebrities will perform two pairs of skates in hopes of making it to the next leg of the competition.
BMX Olympic silver medalist Kye Whyte faces former Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt, former professional dancer Brendan Cole, The Vamps guitarist Connor Ball and trained dancer Regan Gascoigne in the semi-finals of the ITV show .
Dancing On Ice will be back in theaters tonight at 7:30pm on ITV and ITV Hub.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/dancing-ice-fans-baffled-switch-26456690 Dancing on Ice fans confused and 'shutdown' as Phillip Schofield hosts semi-final alone