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Phillip Schofield cuts a lonely figure on set as he prepares to host Dancing On Ice without Holly Willoughby


DANCING On Ice’s Phillip Schofield has shared a “lonely” clip of himself without co-host Holly Willoughby after she tested positive for Covid.

Phillip, 59, will be presenting the ITV skating show alone for the first time tonight.


Phillip Schofield cut a lonely figure as he prepares to host Dancing on Ice without Holly Willoughby[/caption]


Holly tested positive for Covid and will skip the semi-final[/caption]

The This Morning host shared an Instagram Story from behind-the-scenes during rehearsals and zoomed in to the marker on the floor that read Holly’s name.

Cutting a lonely figure, he recorded some of the set for tonight and added Akon’s 2004 hit song Lonely to the clip.

Earlier today Phillip revealed that he’s gutted pal Holly is missing tonight’s show.

Sharing a smiley snap of the two together on Instagram, he wrote: “Gutted that my mate won’t be with me on Dancing on Ice tonight.

“Get well soon darlin [love heart].”

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A spokesman for the show broke the news of Holly’s absence earlier today.

They said in a statement: “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.”

Regan Gascoigne, Kye Whyte, Connor Ball, Kimberley Wyatt and Brendan Cole will battle it out tonight to reach the final.

Holly’s absence comes just weeks after Phillip had to miss the show with the same illness.

Stephen Mulhern, 44, filled in for him then, but the ITV star is recovering from an operation and isn’t on hand to step in tonight.

Holly will now miss this week’s This Morning and will be replaced by Alison Hammond, Josie Gibson and Rochelle Humes throughout the week.

The TV favourite was last out on Thursday night with husband Dan Baldwin for a party at celeb hotspot Annabel’s.

She looked stunning in a shimmering dress with a thigh-high split, while Dan wore an extravagant fur-lined coat.

Yesterday she carried out domestic duties, sharing a hoovering blunder on Instagram after her pet dog chomped on the vacuum.

Her absence is the latest headache for channel bosses as they deal with poorly stars.

Last night The Sun exclusively revealed Stephen Mulhern is resting up after an operation.

Fans were concerned at the star’s mystery three-week absence from Saturday Night Takeaway.

A source close to him said: “Stephen went to hospital for a medical procedure, but has been discharged now and is focusing all his energy on his recovery.

“He’s hoping to return to the show as soon as he’s feeling better and well enough. He’s currently resting up and supporting the lads from home.”

Stephen last appeared on Saturday Night Takeaway for the series opener on February 19, where he dressed up as Donald Trump. He had also not been tweeting.

Stephen, who also fronts Catchphrase on ITV, yesterday broke his online silence to thank fans for their support. 

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He tweeted: “Hello all. Sorry I’ve been quiet on here recently and thank you for all your lovely messages. 

“I’ve had some time off and been resting up on doctors orders. I’m on the mend, I’m happy to say, and looking forward to getting back to work soon. In the meantime I’ll put my feet up and watch Saturday Night Takeaway tonight with the rest of you lot.”


Phillip will present tonight’s show solo[/caption]

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