Show in “Crisis” with no reserve skater left

After Rufus Hound announced his retirement from Dancing On Ice, there are no reserve skaters for the first time in its 13-year history.

Host Phillip Schofield revealed the shock news on yesterday’s episode of This Morning (Thursday February 4th).

With both Denise Van Outen and Rufus forced to leave the show, the closet is now empty.

Last week, Billie Shepherd also took time off because of a family harm.


Phillip brought the news (Credit: ITV)

What did Phillip say about Rufus Hound and the Dancing On Ice contestants?

Comedian Rufus left the show after testing positive for coronavirus a second time.

Elsewhere, Denise left after dislocating her shoulder.

Matt Richardson and gymnast Amy Tinkler have replaced Rufus and Denise.

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Host Phil said that morning: “It’s very tough on the ice rink. So we were able to continue the show, but we’re really sad that Rufus should go.

“I asked my team about it and found that it was the first time that we had used both reserves.”


Michael Barrymore on Dancing On Ice (Image credit: ITV)

What other celebs left the show?

Phil went on to list all of the celebs who had to leave the show during the series.

He said Michael Underwood went on series three, Chesney Hawkes went on series seven, and Gareth Thomas also retired.

Now Rufus Hound and Denise Van Outen have left this year.

Then there was cricketer Monty Panesar, who was injured before the series.

Michael Barrymore suffered the same fate.

“Now Rufus Hound and Denise Van Outen have left this year,” said Phil.

Rufus dog dancing on ice press shot
Rufus left a message for the fans (Credit: ITV)

What did Rufus say?

Rufus, 41, left a video message to fans confirming his withdrawal.

He said, “Unfortunately the rules for Dancing on Ice are fully cut and dry, very strict because they have to keep everyone in this production as safe as possible.

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“So when I was under quarantine, it seemed to give me a window of time in which to get back to the show.

“A window that I know now doesn’t exist.”

Dancing On Ice continues this Sunday (February 7th) at 6pm on ITV

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