Comedian Rufus Hound quit Dancing On Ice after testing positive for coronavirus.
The 41-year-old comedian has partnered with skate pro Robin Johnstone, but it has been confirmed that Rufus has quit the show.
The news was announced in the program’s Twitter account statement: “According to positive test results, we can confirm that @RufusHound will not be able to return to Dancing On Ice this weekend.
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“The time on the ice for Rufus and his partner @IceJohnstone was too short, but they can be really proud of their work.
“We appreciate all of their hard work and dedication to the show. Hopefully @RufusHound will be back in the studio with everyone when the full cast reunites in the series finals.”
Rufus, who won her first Golden Ticket early in the show, checked the news on Twitter.
He wrote: “@dancingonice won’t be participating in COVID anymore. As we all know well-it’s a bad guy and sadly the world doesn’t fall short of this.”
The new couple will take the place of Rufus and his dance partner Robin and are thought to be comedian Matt Richardson and skating partner Vicky Ogden.
Rufus’ departure follows the news that the Dancing On Ice boss has been urged to fire him after making a remark about the bombing of the Manchester Arena.
The survivors of the terrorist attack and the House of Representatives opposed comedians competing on the hit ITV show.
The star previously posted a comment on Twitter suggesting that Prime Minister Theresa May thought he was behind a brutal tragedy to help the Conservatives win the ongoing general election.
He shared a tweet from a Twitter user. “Given that the attackers were known to MI5, the timing of May when the attack’slid’ seems to be lucky while the Labor Party is underway.”
The panel added his comment to the message, saying, “I apologize for the lighter coloring, but I have been thinking the same thing. Because she has been the Secretary of the Interior for so long.”
Then he tagged the hashtag “reichstagFire”, which seems to suggest a similarity to the German Reichstag Fire of 1933, which is suspected of being prepared to increase Hitler’s power in Germany.
Rufus soon deleted the comment, but his comment was recently mentioned again on Twitter.
MP Rob Halfon in an interview with The Sun on Sunday: “This is terrible. This petty remark is very offensive to the victims of the Manchester attack.”
Colleague Tory MP Alec Shelbrooke said: “ITVs are morally responsible and it’s time to put out conspiracy theories and exclude participants who use family shows as a political platform.”