Rufus Hound has been booted from ‘Dancing on Ice’ after he tested positive for COVID-19.

Rufus Hound

Rufus Hound

The 41-year-old comedian has already missed two weeks of the ITV ice dancing competition after being forced to stay at home when he got a notification from the Test and Trace app telling him he’d come in contact with someone who was carrying the virus.

But now, after completing his period of quarantine, he has tested positive for the virus himself, leaving show bosses now choice but to boot him from the programme completely as he must now stay home by law.

Rufus confirmed the news, tweeting: "I will no longer be participating in @dancingonice COVID is - as I'm sure we're all well aware - a b****** and sadly the world isn't short of those. (sic)”

He then explained in a video clip: "Having come into contact with someone with Covid and isolating it transpired I have Covid.

"Unfortunately the rules on Dancing On Ice are cut and dry - very strict."

‘Dancing on Ice’ bosses were originally set to let Rufus return to the show after completing his period of self-isolation, but updated their rules this week to mean a positive test now spells the end of any celebrity’s time on the show.

The news will no doubt be a headache for bosses though, after they were forced to replace Denise Van Outen on the show last week following an injury which left her unable to continue competing.

Denise was swapped out for Olympic gymnast Amy Tinkler, but it’s not yet known whether anyone will be replacing Rufus.

‘Dancing on Ice’ is set to air on Sunday (07.02.21) on ITV.

Tagged in