Phillip Schofield 'gutted' as Holly Willoughby misses 'Dancing On Ice' semi-final because of COVID

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Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby arriving at the ITV Palooza held at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London. Picture date: Tuesday November 23, 2021. Photo credit should read:
Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby host the show together. (PA)

Dancing On Ice’s Phillip Schofield wished co-host Holly Willoughby a speedy recovery as she was forced to miss the semi-final after testing positive for COVID.

The presenters were due to host Sunday night’s show together as usual, but just a few hours before it aired it was announced that Willoughby had the coronavirus.

As the programme opened, Schofield pretended to be startled as he looked at the empty space beside him.

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"As you can see Holly isn’t here tonight," he said. "We found out just a few hours ago that she’s tested positive for COVID."

Schofield – who had to miss Dancing On Ice and This Morning after testing positive himself last month - went on: “I know what it’s like to watch this show from home, it is really weird. Holly, get well soon, lots of love.”

The star also posted a message on Instagram saying he was "gutted" to be presenting the semi-final without his co-host.

Earlier, a spokesperson for the ITV show 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."

Fans tuning in for the semi-final also said they were missing Willoughby.

 Phillip Schofield said he would miss Holly Willoughby on the show. (Phillip Schofield Instagram)
Phillip Schofield said he would miss Holly Willoughby on the show. (Phillip Schofield Instagram)

"Sad to hear @hollywills tested positive, the show isn't the same without her. Get well soon Holly!" one tweeted.

"It just isn’t the same without Holly!" said another.

One posted: "Phil without Holly is like Ant without Dec… doesn’t feel right."

Phillip Schofield attending the ITV Palooza held at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London. Picture date: Tuesday November 23, 2021.
Phillip Schofield had to present 'Dancing On Ice' alone. (PA)

The semi-final will see BMX racer Kye Whyte, Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt, former Strictly pro Brendan Cole, The Vamps’ Connor Ball and dancer Regan Gascoigne battling to survive a double elimination.

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The final of the ice-skating competition was expected to be on 20 March but it has been delayed by a week as ITV has bought the rights to a double-bill of football matches that will air at the same time as the original date.

It will now take place on Sunday, 27 March.

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