Alison Hammond has stepped in to replace Phillip Schofield on This Morning after he tested positive for Covid-19.
Just hours after hosting the ITV daytime show on Monday (31 January), Schofield shared a picture to Instagram Stories of a positive lateral flow test.
After isolating for the rest of the week, it was confirmed that Stephen Mulhern would be replacing him on the episode of Dancing on Ice.
In a statement, a spokesperson for the programme stated: ‘This Sunday’s episode of Dancing On Ice will be hosted by Holly Willoughby and Stephen Mulhern while Phillip Schofield continues to self-isolate.’
On Tuesday (1 February) morning, ITV confirmed that fan-favourite Hammond would be standing in for Schofield for the rest of the week.
Phillip has now revealed that he will not be able to present tomorrow’s installment of This Morning with Holly.
“Well b*****ks,” he wrote, adding a head-in-hand emoji.
The presenter added that his current symptoms were “just a slightly sore throat”.
It had been a tough day for the presenter as he had spent the morning dealing with a leak in his home.
Not an ideal time in the Schofield household…
Trying to find the silver lining in the situation, he wrote: ‘Life is full of small consolations.. If I hadn’t tested positive and gone to @dancingonice the house would be flooded.
‘Surprisingly, I’m very calm. As they say in the movie, “Don’t Look Up”.’
‘I’m very much looking forward to being back hosting alongside my good friend Holly this weekend,’ Stephen said in his own statement.
‘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!’
Holly will be joined by Stephen in the studio – marking the first time in 20 years that they have presented together since their time on children’s television.
Under current Covid-19 guidelines, those who test positive must stay at home and self-isolate. While they may be required to self-isolate for up to 10 days, they can be released with a negative lateral flow test on days five and six.
This means that Schofield will miss the rest of the week’s episodes of This Morning, although it is not known if he will be able to present Sunday (6 February) night’s Dancing on Ice live show with co-host Holly Willoughby.
Willoughby also currently away from This Morning as she films Superstar Survival with Lee Mack, with Rochelle Humes presenting in her place.
Hammond usually presents This Morning on Fridays alongside Dermot O’Leary.