Why Phillip Schofield isn’t on Dancing on Ice as Stephen Mulhern steps in

Stephen Mulhern will co-host Dancing On Ice this week while Phillip Schofield continues to self-isolate after testing positive for Covid, ITV has confirmed.

A statement said: “This Sunday’s episode of Dancing On Ice will be hosted by Holly Willoughby and Stephen Mulhern as Phillip Schofield continues to self-isolate.”

Phillip Schofield tested positive for coronavirus on Monday, casting doubt on his appearance on this Sunday’s Dancing On Ice live show.

The TV presenter shared a photo of a sidestream test showing a positive result with his three million Instagram followers late Monday night.

He captioned the image: “Well b*******!! Currently just a slight sore throat.

Current NHS guidelines state that if someone tests positive, they should generally self-isolate for 10 full days or more if symptoms appear or do not disappear.

However, it is possible to shorten the period after five days as long as the person tests negative on the fifth and sixth day.

The presenter, 59, usually hosts the ITV Celebrity Skating Competition alongside Holly Willoughby, 40, who is also his co-presenter on This Morning.

Willoughby has been absent from the weekday show for the past two weeks due to other work commitments, and Schofield instead appeared alongside former Saturday star Rochelle Humes.

Presenter Ria Hebden became the second contestant eliminated from the show on Sunday, after ending up in the skate-off during movie week.

Judges Oti Mabuse, Jayne Torvill, Christopher Dean and Ashley Banjo unanimously chose to save former S Club 7 star Rachel Stevens.

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