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Holly Willoughby makes a triumphant TV comeback with dancing on ice deal



Returning after kidnap threat ordeal, Holly joins Stephen Mulhern for 20-year reunion on dancing on ice

After a tumultuous few months, beloved TV presenter Holly Willoughby is set to return to screens with a last-minute deal to host Dancing On Ice alongside Stephen Mulhern. The 42-year-old mum-of-three had stepped away from the limelight following an alleged kidnap and murder plot against her.

Holly’s return comes almost three months after the terrifying threat on her life. She is reportedly “excited” about reuniting with the show that she previously co-hosted with Phillip Schofield. Her hiatus from public life followed Schofield’s exit from This Morning, impacting their close friendship and leading Holly to distance herself before also leaving the show.

Amidst months of uncertainty, insiders now reveal that Holly is eager to bounce back with the Dancing On Ice job. An ITV insider shared that Holly, prioritizing her family, found solace in the idea of reintroducing normality into her life. ITV has been supportive, understanding, and not pressuring her during this challenging time.

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Holly’s appearance with Stephen on Dancing On Ice will mark a 20-year reunion since they first appeared on screen together. Stephen was confirmed as Phillip’s replacement in October, and the pair will now host the show’s 15th series, scheduled to return to ITV1 on Sunday, January 14.

ITV’s head of entertainment commissioning, Katie Rawcliffe, expressed excitement about the reunion, describing Holly and Stephen as “two of our best-loved presenters.” The partnership is seen as the start of an exciting year for the show.

Holly’s return to public life also comes amid ongoing legal proceedings related to the alleged kidnap and murder plot against her. The accused, former security guard Gavin Plumb, has pleaded not guilty, and his trial is set to commence in June 2024.

As Holly makes a fresh start with Dancing On Ice, she and ITV are hoping for a strong on-screen chemistry with Stephen to win over viewers. The new series is seen as an opportunity for Holly to overcome the challenges of 2023 and focus on her passion for presenting.

Holly’s decision to return to television is backed by her family and ITV, reflecting a positive step forward after a turbulent year. The family’s commitment to providing support and understanding during this period is evident in their approach.

Recent reports indicate that Holly enjoyed her first public outing since quitting This Morning. While the alleged plot against her led to a period of avoiding public places, friends mentioned that she is “feeling better” after the ordeal.

Holly’s return to Dancing On Ice signifies a hopeful chapter for the presenter, her family, and her fans.


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