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Holly Willoughby is forced to bow out of Dancing On Ice as she tests positive for Covid-19

Holly Willoughby is forced to bow out of Dancing On Ice as she tests positive for Covid-19 just hours before the semi-final

  • With little time available to find a replacement host, Phillip Schofield will present this week’s show by himself
  • A Dancing On Ice spokesperson said: ‘Unfortunately, Holly Willoughby is unable to host tonight’s show after testing positive for Covid-19’
  • Holly will be self-isolating at home for the next few days and will likely miss most, if not all, of her This Morning duties next week 
  • Phillip was forced to take time off from Dancing On Ice hosting duties last month when he tested positive for Covid and was replaced by Stephen Mulhern 

Holly Willoughby has been forced to bow out of Sunday night’s Dancing On Ice semi-final after testing positive for Covid-19

With little time available to find a replacement host, Phillip Schofield will present this week’s show by himself.

A Dancing On Ice spokesperson said: ‘Unfortunately, Holly Willoughby is unable to host tonight’s show after testing positive for Covid-19. We look forward to Holly returning for the Dancing on Ice Live Final.’ 

No show: Holly Willoughby has been forced to bow out of Sunday night’s Dancing On Ice semi-final after testing positive for Covid-19

Holly will be self-isolating at home for the next few days and will likely miss most, if not all, of her This Morning duties next week.

Those with Covid must stay at home until they are no longer infectious to others which can be for up to 10 days from when symptoms start.

However, many people will no longer be infectious after five days. 

People can do a lateral flow test five days after their symptoms have started (or the day they had the test if they do not have symptoms) and another the next day.

Solo: With little time available to find a replacement host, Phillip Schofield will present this week's show by himself

Solo: With little time available to find a replacement host, Phillip Schofield will present this week’s show by himself

If both tests are negative, the person can return to their normal routine.  

Phillip was forced to take time off from Dancing On Ice hosting duties last month when he tested positive for Covid.

The presenter was replaced by Stephen Mulhern, which saw him present alongside Holly for the first time since their days hosting children’s TV together, with the pair last presenting Ministry of Mayhem back in 2006.

Opening the show, Holly said: ‘Welcome to the greatest show on Ice. You may have heard that Phil is isolating so for the first time ever he won’t be here this week. The lovely Stephen Mulhern has stepped in to save the day.’

Self-isolation: Holly will be self-isolating at home for the next few days and will likely miss most, if not all, of her This Morning duties next week

Self-isolation: Holly will be self-isolating at home for the next few days and will likely miss most, if not all, of her This Morning duties next week

Together again: Phillip was forced to take time off from Dancing On Ice hosting duties last month when he tested positive for Covid and was replaced by Stephen Mulhern

Together again: Phillip was forced to take time off from Dancing On Ice hosting duties last month when he tested positive for Covid and was replaced by Stephen Mulhern

Stephen, who was greeted with rapturous applause, said: ‘Yes, I am here guy. Please don’t stop. Can you believe it’s actually 16 years since we worked together on kids TV?’

Holly said: ‘I know and look at us now, we’re grownups doing proper grown up telly,’ to which Stephen joked: ‘Back by no demand.’ 

Remaining celebrities Brendan Cole, Connor Ball, Kimberly Wyatt, Kye Whyte and Regan Gascoigne will perform in Sunday night’s semi-final.

Paralympian Stef Reid narrowly missed out on a spot in the show after she and skating partner Andy Buchanan were sent home last week.  

Sent home: Paralympian Stef Reid narrowly missed out on a spot in the semi-final after she and skating partner Andy Buchanan were sent home last week

Sent home: Paralympian Stef Reid narrowly missed out on a spot in the semi-final after she and skating partner Andy Buchanan were sent home last week

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