Dancing On Ice shares why Phillip Schofield hosted show solo without Holly replacement

Fans of Dancing On Ice were left confused after tuning in to Sunday 14 March's episode when it became apparent that Phillip Schofield would be presenting the show alone.

Holly Willoughby, who usually hosts the Sunday night extravaganza alongside her This Morning co-star, was forced to pull out last minute after testing positive for Covid-19.

Phillip, 59, was therefore handed the responsibility of presenting the skating showdown alone after being told that there would be no replacement for Holly, 41.

Numerous viewers were seemingly unhappy about the one-man hosting style, taking to Twitter to point out that when Phillip was absent a few weeks back, Stephen Mulhern was put in his place.

One fan asked: "Why does Phil do DOI on his own and Holly had to have a male co-host?" While another wrote: "@dancingonice so how come Phil has to present alone, yet Holly co-presented with Stephen Mulhern when the Schof was off with covid?"

A third added: "So when the Schofield was off they got in the Mulhern but now Holly is off the Schofield is presenting by himself??!!"

However, other viewers defended show boss' decision for Phillip to handle the semi-final show alone, suggesting the possibility that the change was so last minute that they were unable to find someone to step into Holly's shoes.

One viewer tweeted: "They literally only found out a few hours before, so didn't have time to get a replacement. It's really not that deep".

Now, ITV has justified why Phillip was seen without the company of a replacement, releasing a statement that read: "It's because it was too short notice which wasn't the case when Phillip was unable to host the show".

Shortly after the announcement that Phillip would single-handedly host the show, The Cube host took to Instagram to post a tribute to his poorly pal, captioning a snap of the two: "Gutted that my mate won't be with me on @dancingonice tonight. Get well soon darlin," followed by a love-heart emoji.

BMX Olympic star Kye White and The Vamps' Connor Ball were the latest celebs to hang up their skat es, as last night saw them miss out on a spot in the grand final on 27 March.

Become an OK! VIP and see all our exclusives – for free!

Become an OK! VIP and you will unlock access to all of our big exclusives…

Be the first to meet the latest showbiz babies, see the most sought after wedding pictures of the year, or take a guided tour around your favourite star's lavish multi-million pound home – all for free!

Sign up here

The bottom three couples, which also included Pussycat Dolls singer Kimberly Wyatt, were forced to skate again in an attempt to bag the judges vote to stay in the competition.

Judges Jayne Torvill, Christopher Dean, Oti Mabuse and Ashley Banjo all pledged to save Kimberly, meaning Kye and Connor were sadly eliminated.

The popstar will join Strictly legend Brendan Cole and dancer Regan Gascoigne in the final on the 27th.

Stay up to date with all the latest news on this year's Dancing On Ice by signing up to OK!'s daily celebrity newsletter. Dancing on Ice final airs on Sunday 27 March on ITV

Source: Read Full Article