Rufus Hound will be returning to Dancing on Ice in the final (Picture: Matt Frost/ITV/REX)
Earlier this week the comedian, who received the judges’ first Golden Ticket of the series, confirmed that he had quit the competition after contracting the virus.
He penned on Twitter: ‘I will no longer be participating in @dancingonice Covid is – as I’m sure we’re all well aware – a b*****d and sadly the world isn’t short of those.’
A spokesperson for Dancing on Ice also released a statement where they thanked Rufus and dance partner Robin for their ‘hard work and commitment’.
‘We can confirm that following a positive test result, @RufusHound is unable to return to Dancing On Ice this weekend,’ the statement began.
‘Although Rufus and his partner @IceJohnstone’s time on the ice has been all too brief, they can be truly proud of their achievements.’
Comedian Rufus tested positive for Covid (Picture: Matt Frost/ITV/REX)
‘We thank them for all their hard work and commitment to the show. When the full cast reunite for the series final our hope is @RufusHound will be able to be back in the studio with everyone,’ they added.
Despite Rufus and Robin leaving the competition, according to the skating professional, she and Rufus will be back to skate in the final.
In a lengthy Instagram post, Robin thanked fans for their support and she told Rufus how ‘proud’ she was of him.
Sharing a snap of them on Dancing on Ice, Robin began: ‘I just want to thank everyone who was supporting Rufus and I this year, unfortunately, you can not predict what may happen in these crazy times and I’m very sorry Rufus and I can’t continue with @dancingonice.
‘I’m very proud of everything he’s learned and thank you for our fun laughs on the ice. I’m disappointed we couldn’t perform this week’s fun number we had!
‘Rufus I’m so glad you are doing well and thank you to everyone at @itv for keeping everyone safe we are ever grateful to have this opportunity to bring smiles and fun to everyone.’
‘Looking forward to joining the pros in a few weeks to skate some fabulous numbers and come back for one last skate and spin with Rufus in the final,’ she concluded.
With the departure of Rufus and Robin, a new couple will step into the main cast with comedian Matt Richardson and his pro-skater partner Vicky Ogden joining the line up from this weekend.
Metro.co.uk has reached out to ITV for comment.
Dancing on Ice returns on Sunday at 6pm on ITV.