Phillip Schofield appears remotely on This Morning after testing positive


Phillip Schofield shared concerns over whether he will be able to present Dancing On Ice during a remote appearance on This Morning on Tuesday.

The TV presenter, 59, appeared from home after testing positive for coronavirus meaning he was unable to to come into work to host the morning magazine show.

Phillip’s absence will mean he will be forced to pull out of upcoming episodes of This Morning during his five days of isolation, before needing two negative LFTs to continue with his Dancing On Ice hosting duties on Sunday.

‘Cutting it fine!’ Phillip Schofield shared concerns over whether he will be able to present Dancing On Ice during a remote appearance on This Morning on Tuesday

Phillip told stand in hosts Rochelle Humes and Alison Hammond that he was ‘cutting it a bit fine’ to be free of COVID in time for the live show.

The This Morning host revealed late on Monday evening how his lateral flow test had come back positive but was currently only suffering from a slight temperature.

Speaking on the show via video link, he said: ‘There are a number of things I’m disappointed about. Obviously, I’m disappointed I’m not there.

Checking in: The TV presenter, 59, appeared from home after testing positive for coronavirus meaning he was unable to to come into work to host the morning magazine show

Checking in: The TV presenter, 59, appeared from home after testing positive for coronavirus meaning he was unable to to come into work to host the morning magazine show

Stepping in: Phillip's absence will mean he will be forced to pull out of upcoming episodes of This Morning during his five days of isolation, before needing two negative LFTs to continue with his Dancing On Ice hosting duties on Sunday

Stepping in: Phillip’s absence will mean he will be forced to pull out of upcoming episodes of This Morning during his five days of isolation, before needing two negative LFTs to continue with his Dancing On Ice hosting duties on Sunday

‘We’re a little bit worried about Dancing On Ice, because I’m cutting it a bit fine for that on Sunday. I’m going to miss Gok’s dumplings, which I’m gutted about.’ 

Phillip may be able to leave isolation on Saturday if he gets a negative result on both Friday and Saturday for day five release.

He said: ‘I’m fine. I haven’t even got a sore throat now. I sneezed twice, and that’s it.

Oh no! His co-host on both shows, Holly Willoughby, is also absent having previously revealed she would be taking two weeks away from the daytime programme (pictured on Sunday)

Oh no! His co-host on both shows, Holly Willoughby, is also absent having previously revealed she would be taking two weeks away from the daytime programme (pictured on Sunday)

‘I’ve got a slight temperature, but that’s about it.’ 

Phil has been co-hosting the show alongside Rochelle over the last few weeks as Holly Willoughby has been filming a new show with Lee Mack, Superstar Survival.

As Phil signed off, Alison told him: ‘I’m gonna hold the fort, eat your dumplings and see if my tongue can get testes. I’ve got this babes!’

Phillip joked: ‘Twitter is now gonna be alight with thousands of people saying that god he’s off, they’re so much better.’

Co-host! Phil has been co-hosting the show alongside Rochelle over the last few weeks

Radiant: Rochelle looked glamorous on Tuesday in a white jumper

Co-host! Phil has been co-hosting the show alongside Rochelle over the last few weeks

What will happen? Phillip told stand in hosts Rochelle Humes and Alison Hammond that he was 'cutting it a bit fine' to be free of COVID in time for the live show

What will happen? Phillip told stand in hosts Rochelle Humes and Alison Hammond that he was ‘cutting it a bit fine’ to be free of COVID in time for the live show

However the vast majority of comments were only wishing Phillip well.

One person said they much prefered the presenter, and wrote: ‘Oh god Phil you couldn’t be more wrong about people being glad you are not there.

‘First no Holly, now you. I was having trouble watching Rochelle talk over everyone with you there, let alone now her AND Alison.’

Another said: ‘Get better soon Schofe thank goodness you haven’t got Covid too badly. You’re lucky as it could be far worse. Take it easy.’ 

Time will tell: Phillip may be able to leave isolation on Saturday if he gets a negative result on both Friday and Saturday for day five release

Time will tell: Phillip may be able to leave isolation on Saturday if he gets a negative result on both Friday and Saturday for day five release

Get well soon! The vast majority of social media comments were only wishing Phillip well

Get well soon! The vast majority of social media comments were only wishing Phillip well

A third said: ‘Wishing Phillip Schofield a speedy recovery!’

Another simply said: ‘Get well soon @Schofe’. 

Meanwhile others were keen to complement Rochelle and Alison’s hosting skills.

As one said: ‘I’ve said it before but I love the black girl magic of Alison and Rochelle in charge of hosting duting on @ThisMorning. P.s. stay well.’ 

Go on girls! Meanwhile others were keen to complement Rochelle and Alison's hosting skills

Go on girls! Meanwhile others were keen to complement Rochelle and Alison’s hosting skills

'Well b******s!!' Phillip revealed he's tested positive for Covid after jam-packed night out to theatre and restaurant

‘Well b******s!!’ Phillip revealed he’s tested positive for Covid after jam-packed night out to theatre and restaurant

Another joked: ‘Thank god you’re off… the girls are much better!’ 

Just two days before Phillip shared the photo of his test result, he indulged in a jam-packed evening out to the theatre and a restaurant with his wife Stephanie Lowe and their children Molly and Ruby.

His co-host on both This Morning and Dancing On Ice, Holly Willoughby, is also absent from the daytime show, having previously revealed she would be taking two weeks off.

The announcement meant Phillip was seen hosting with Rochelle for a third consecutive week on Monday.

The Sun previously reported that Holly is taking time out to film scenes for on Wim ‘Iceman’ Hof’s Superstar Survival in Southern Europe. 

Phillip made light of his positive test on Monday night, writing ‘Well b******s!!’ followed by a faceplant emoji before adding, ‘Currently just a slightly sore throat.’

Regretful: He added that his symptoms were mild at the time of taking the lateral flow test

Regretful: He added that his symptoms were mild at the time of taking the lateral flow test

The NTA winner admitted his symptoms were mild at the time of taking the lateral flow test.

The star follows in Vernon Kay’s footsteps, who missed his first ever This Morning hosting gig after testing positive for Covid last summer, while Phil and Holly were on holiday.

He posted at the time: ‘Missing out on my This Morning debut today cause of COVID. I was up for a bit of fashion and cooking with Rochelle.. Hopefully we’ll go again soon… P.s Feeling ok….(so far!) Really appreciate your well wishes.’  

Alison said: 'Poor Phil has obviously tested positive for Covid so he can't be in the studio today but don't worry, he can be at home and he can be with all of us right now'

Alison said: ‘Poor Phil has obviously tested positive for Covid so he can’t be in the studio today but don’t worry, he can be at home and he can be with all of us right now’

During the opening of This Morning, Alison told viewers: ‘Poor Phil has obviously tested positive for Covid so he can’t be in the studio today but don’t worry, he can be at home and he can be with all of us right now. 

‘Oh there he is, there is the test. We believe you.

Rochelle joked: ‘I just thought he didn’t like me anymore.

Alison replied: ‘Do you think maybe he just had a glass of orange juice to make it go positive? ‘I’ve had enough’. I’m only joking.’ 

An ITV representative told MailOnline it is ‘too early’ to confirm details for this week’s Dancing On Ice.

Hitting the town! Just two days before Phillip shared the photo of his test result, he indulged in a jam-packed evening out to the theatre and a swanky restaurant with his wife Stephanie Lowe and their children Molly and Ruby (pictured on Saturay night)

Hitting the town! Just two days before Phillip shared the photo of his test result, he indulged in a jam-packed evening out to the theatre and a swanky restaurant with his wife Stephanie Lowe and their children Molly and Ruby (pictured on Saturay night)

Phillip was in great spirits as he celebrated with his family on Saturday night, marking his daughter Ruby’s 26th birthday with a trip to see Les Miserables in London’s West End.

Phillip, who came out as gay almost two years ago after 27 years of marriage to Stephanie, 58, was pictured with his wife, two daughters and daughter Molly’s boyfriend.

THe family strolled from a meal at Circo Populaire on to Soho House and then the theatre.

Phillip and Stephanie, who married at Ackergill Tower on 29 March 1993, have remained friends since he came out in February 2020 and have not yet divorced.

Talking about his family on BBC Radio 5 Live last year, the star said: ‘We love each other massively. We are a loving family, that hasn’t changed… it’s us four but different.

‘We are a work in progress. I’ve been very honest about all of this and there’s no question, we have to pick our way through this daily as a family.

‘And that’s what we are doing. We are making our way through very unusual and unexpected waters.’

When asked by hosts Scott Mills and Chris Stark how he was doing, Phillip added: ‘I’m okay. I am still a work in progress. I still have to come to terms with my life and with me.’

The media personality also explained how a legal end to their marriage has not been brought up, telling Chris Evans on his How To Wow podcast: ‘I’m still married to Steph. There is a great deal of talk of divorce – we have not discussed that at all.

Gang: It comes after Phillip beamed as he stepped out alongside his family as they celebrated his daughter Ruby's 26th birthday with a trip to see Les Miserables

Gang: It comes after Phillip beamed as he stepped out alongside his family as they celebrated his daughter Ruby’s 26th birthday with a trip to see Les Miserables 

‘With divorce…that has not been discussed. We are picking our way through and however that works and it’s a work in progress. I am a work in progress. Steph is a work in progress.

‘It is not in my nature to hurt people and so I have to reconcile myself with the fact that I have done that. Indeed I have done that and I tried very hard not to.

‘I also say, is it possible to come out and not hurt your wife? No of course it isn’t. My greatest concern is that she is okay.’ 

Close pals: Phillip and Stephanie, who married at Ackergill Tower on 29 March 1993, have remained friends since he came out in February 2020 (pictured in January 2020)

Close pals: Phillip and Stephanie, who married at Ackergill Tower on 29 March 1993, have remained friends since he came out in February 2020 (pictured in January 2020)



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