Dancing On Ice star Rufus Hound WON’T appear on this week’s show as he is forced to self-isolate after coming into contact with coronavirus
The comedian, 41, has had to pull out of the show in accordance with government guidelines, which state that he now has to quarantine at home for 10 days.
Rufus was set to perform in a group routine on Sunday night and again the following week for his individual skate, but he will now be forced to miss both.
Oh no! Dancing On Ice star Rufus Hound will miss this week’s show as he’s told to isolate after coming into contact with coronavirus
A spokesperson for ITV told the Mirror: ‘This week Rufus Hound came into contact with someone outside of the show who tested positive for Covid 19.
This means, following government guidelines, he will isolate for ten days. We are hoping to welcome him back to the ice soon.’
Sources say he has tested negative for the coronavirus and is now isolating at home.
It is currently unclear whether Rufus will return to the show with his professional partner Robin Johnstone once his isolation period ends.
Bad news: The comedian, 41, has had to pull out of the show in accordance with government guidelines, which state that he now has to quarantine at home for 10 days
MailOnline have contacted representatives for Rufus and DOI for comment.
Rufus’ skating skills will no doubt be missed on the show, after he earned the judges’ golden ticket following his Mario themed performance last week.
He received the first ticket of the series, giving him and his professional partner Robin a free pass into musicals week.
After accepting the prize, Rufus took the opportunity to slam the UK government over the recent free school meals scandal.
And speaking about how he felt to have secured the ticket, Rufus said it was the ‘least mad thing’ to have happened as he referenced the free meals controversy.
He continued: ‘We live in a world where people we elect don’t want to feed hungry children, this is the least mad thing that’s happened to me in a long time.’
His comment caused a stir on Twitter as viewers of the family show were quick to praise Rufus for his political comment.