Phillip Schofield returns to DOI as he makes quip at replacement Stephen Mulhern

Phillip Schofield returned to Dancing On Ice on Sunday night after he tested positive for coronavirus last week and was temporarily replaced by Stephen Mulhern.

The presenter, 59, was reunited with Holly Willoughby, who wowed fans in a pink Valentine's Day dress, during the latest instalment of the ITV show.

As the episode opened, Holly said: "Welcome to the greatest show on ice and welcome back Phil!"

With Phillip replying: "Thank you! I missed it last week, I had serious FOMO… made better by four or five gin and tonics!" to which Holly joked: "Always helps!"

Phillip added of his replacement: "Also, well done to Stephen Mulhern as well, fantastic, you're welcome!"


It comes after Dancing On Ice fans went wild last Sunday night as Holly and Stephen were reunited on TV after 16 years following their Ministry of Mayhem presenting days from 2004 to 2006.

Speaking on the ITV skating show, Holly said at the time: "Welcome to the greatest show on ice, we have got a packed show tonight. You may have heard, Phil is isolating… so for the first time ever, he won't be here this week.

"I know he's watching at home… we're sending you lots of love, Phil! However, the lovely Stephen Mulhern has stepped in to save the day!"

To which the audience started cheering as Stephen added: "Yes, I am here guys! Thank you, thank you, please don't stop! Can you believe, it's actually 16 years since we have worked together on kids' TV?"

With Holly replying: "I know, Saturday mornings we used to do, we've sort of grown up now. We're grownups, look at us doing proper big telly!"

Stephen then joked: "Back by no popular demand, incredible!"

Taking to Instagram after the show aired, Holly shared a sweet snap with Stephen as she praised him for his last minute presenting.

She penned: "Standing ovation for @stephenmulhern after being parachuted in at the last minute tonight… loved sharing the screen with you again after 16 years… well done darlin."

While Phillip shared updates of himself watching Dancing On Ice at home, as he joked: "Well this is an experience I never expected!! I'm loving watching with a G&T."

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Dancing On Ice continues on Sundays on ITV.

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