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Phillip Schofield makes cheeky dig at Stephen Mulhern following Dancing on Ice debut

Stephen stepped in as Phillip’s replacement

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Gemma Strong
Gemma StrongOnline Digital News Director
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Phillip Schofield was among the viewers who tuned in to watch Dancing on Ice on Sunday.

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The This Morning star was unable to host the show this week after testing positive for coronavirus.

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He was replaced at the last minute by Stephen Mulhern, who stepped in to front the programme with Holly Willoughby – and Phillip had some thoughts to share after watching Stephen's debut.

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He shared a video on Instagram Stories showing Holly speaking about his absence from the show. "For the first time in history, he won't be here, but I know he's watching at home," Holly said at the opening. "We're sending you lots of love Phil. However, the lovely Stephen Mulhern has stepped in."

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Phillip tuned in to watch Dancing on Ice

Alongside the clip, Phillip wrote: "Well this is an experience I never expected!! I'm loving watching at home with a G&T!! Enjoy Stephen Mulhern!"

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A short time later, he returned to social media to react to Stephen's admission he was loving his time on DOI. "Not too much fun Mulhern, I know where you live," he quipped.

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Stephen went down a storm with DOI viewers

Stephen went down a storm with viewers on Sunday, who took to Twitter to applaud his appearance. Holly was also thrilled; it was the first time that the pair have presented together since their days on children's television.

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Taking to Instagram, Holly shared a selfie with Stephen following his debut and wrote: "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."

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Phillip has tested positive for COVID

Speaking ahead of his appearance, Stephen said: "I'm very much looking forward to being back hosting alongside my good friend Holly this weekend. It's big shoes to fill and I'm wishing Phillip a speedy recovery. I'm a big fan of Dancing on Ice and for one night only I'm thrilled to be rink side watching the action unfold. It's going to be unbelievable!"

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