Dancing on Ice confirms Rufus Hound exit due to "positive test"

Justin Harp
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Photo credit: Matt Frost/ITV/Shutterstock
Photo credit: Matt Frost/ITV/Shutterstock

From Good Housekeeping

Dancing on Ice has announced that Rufus Hound and his professional partner Robin Johnstone will be leaving the show immediately.

A statement posted on the show's official Twitter account on Wednesday (February 3) acknowledged that there had been "a positive test", with former Xtra Factor presenter Matt Richardson now stepping in as a replacement alongside new pro partner Vicky Ogden.

"We can confirm that following a positive test result, @RufusHound is unable to return to Dancing on Ice this weekend. Although Rufus and his partner @IceJohnstone's time on the ice has been all too brief, they can be truly proud of their achievements," the statement reads.

"We thank them for all their hard work and commitment to the show. When the full cast reunite for the series final our hope is @RufusHound will be able to be back in the studio with everyone."

Photo credit: ITV
Photo credit: ITV

The comedian also tweeted: "I will no longer be participating in @dancingonice. COVID is -as I'm sure we're all well aware - a bastard and sadly the world isn't short of those."

Last week, TOWIE star Billie Shepherd was allowed to miss an episode due to bereavement following the death of her mother. However, ITV has since clarified that participants would no longer be eligible to compete if they missed two shows due to a COVID-19 positive test.

"Following the guidance on isolation, a positive COVID-19 diagnosis for any of our cast at this stage would mean two weeks missed and sadly an end to their time on the show," ITV said.

"It has always been the case that no celebrity skater has missed more than one public vote."

Dancing on Ice returns on Sunday (February 7) at 6pm on ITV.

The information in this story is accurate as of the publication date. While we are attempting to keep our content as up-to-date as possible, the situation surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to develop rapidly, so it's possible that some information and recommendations may have changed since publishing. For any concerns and latest advice, visit the World Health Organisation. If you're in the UK, the National Health Service can also provide useful information and support, while US users can contact the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

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