Dancing On Ice: ITV lines up Stephen Mulhern to co-host with Holly Willoughby and replace Phillip Schofield

Stephen Mulhern has been lined up to replace Phillip Schofield as co-presenter of Dancing On Ice, Sky News understands.

The TV star, known for hosting shows including Catchphrase and Britain’s Got More Talent, would join Holly Willoughby as co-presenter of the popular show.

ITV has not yet confirmed the news, saying an announcement will be made “in due course”.

Phillip Schofield on This Morning. Pic: Ken McKay/ITV/Shutterstock

Image: Pic: Ken McKay/ITV/Shutterstock

The TV host, 46, previously stepped in for Schofield on Dancing On Ice in 2022, after he tested positive for COVID, and is also known for appearing in Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway.

Early in their TV careers, Mulhern and Willoughby hosted Saturday morning children’s show Ministry Of Mayhem together, along with co-presenter Michael Underwood.

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Sky News has contacted representatives for the presenter for comment.

In May, Schofield, 61, resigned from ITV and admitted to an “unwise but not illegal” affair with a younger colleague on This Morning, which started when the man was 20. The presenter was subsequently dropped by his talent agency, YMU.

An independent review into ITV’s handling of the situation, commissioned by the broadcaster to be undertaken by a barrister, is currently under way and is expected to be completed by the end of September.

During a culture, media and sport committee session in parliament in June, ITV bosses denied turning “a blind eye” to Schofield’s “deeply inappropriate” affair, saying they would have taken action had they been presented with evidence and not “rumours”.

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