Dancing On Ice ‘out of reserves’ as show close to breaking point

Phillip Schofield has shared some cold hard truths about Dancing On Ice as series 13 has been hit by another major set back.

Yesterday, it was confirmed that comedian Rufus Hound was axed from the show after contracting coronavirus.

What’s more, reality star Billie Faiers took time away for a family bereavement, and Denise Van Outen dropped out after an arm fracture.

Last week the show hit the headlines after Graham Bell threw a “screaming” fit after being eliminated.

Schofield says the show cannot afford any more injuries and is out of reserves – for the first time since it began 15 years ago.

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Phillip Scofield warns the show is on thin ice

Olympic gymnast Amy Tinker made her debut last weekend after replacing Denise.

Radio One’s Matt Richardson will take the place of Rufus Hound on Sunday’s show.

During yesterday’s This Morning, Schofield said: “It is very strict at the rink, which is how we’ve been able to keep the show on, but we are really sad that Rufus should go.

“I asked my team about this and we realised that is the first time ever we’ve used both of our reserves.”

Phillip then went on to list the celebrities who have pulled out in previous series.

“Series three Michael Underwood was injured so Zara Abraham stepped in and came third,” said Phil.

“Series seven, Chesney Hawkes withdrew because of an injury and was replaced by Chico who came third.

“Gareth Thomas withdrew, but wasn’t replaced.

“Monty Panesar injured before transmission and replaced by Lemar.

The show has faced many set backs this year from injuries, fights, and replacements

He added: “Michael Barrymore was also injured in pre-transmission.

“Now Rufus Hound and Denise Van Outen have left from this year.”

Holly jumped in to warn Phillip about highlighting all of the injuries caused by signing up to the show.

“I’m amazed we get anyone to sign up for the show quite frankly,” she said.

“You’re sort of doing us a disservice here, Phil.”

Judge Christopher Dean said: “I always say to the reserves, ‘practice, practice’, because you have got a 60 per cent chance of being part of the show.

“This year is no different. It’s exciting for them and exciting for us as well.”

Dancing On Ice is on ITV on Sunday at 6pm.

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