DANCING On Ice has been hit with a "sexism" row after Phillip Schofield was allowed to host alone while Holly Willoughby was absent.
Holly, 41, was forced to miss filming after testing positive for Covid, leaving viewers baffled when Phillip, 59, opened the show alone.
Many questioned why bosses felt Holly didn't need a replacement after Stephen Mulhern previously filled in for Phil when he caught the virus.
One fan tweeted: "@dancingonice had no problem replacing @Schofe but @hollywills is Ill but no replacement. sexist. @itvstudios.
"You couldn’t find one person to replace her? #DancingOnIce."
Another said: "So when @Schofe isn't there, @hollywills needs a co-host, but when it's the other way round Phillip doesn't?
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"Good ol' fashioned gender bias from @ITV tonight. #DancingOnIce."
And a third fumed: "Hang on. The other week when Phil had to stay away, Stephen Mulhern was brought in to co-host with Holly.
"This week, Holly is the one homesick, and Phil is hosting by himself. The implication that Holly wasn't capable of doing it by herself. Sexism, much @ITV? #DancingOnIce."
Someone else asked: "Why didn't they bring someone in to co-host with Schofield like they did a few weeks back with Holly when he was off sick, when they had Mulhern on to help her? #DancingOnIce."
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Phil opened the ITV show with a sweet message to his co-host.
He looked to the left of him and appeared startled as he informed the viewers at home about his missing co-star.
"As you can see Holly is not here with me tonight," Phillip said.
"We found out just a few hours ago that she's tested positive for Covid.
"I know what it's like to watch this show from home, it is really weird.
"Holly get well soon. Lots of love."
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