ITV Dancing on Ice bosses ‘desperate’ to bring Holly Willoughby back as host

Dancing On Ice bosses are said to be trying to persuade Holly Willoughby to return to the ITV show in January, as it's still yet to be revealed who will be hosting the upcoming series.

Holly, 42, has hosted the show alongside Phillip Schofield, 61, since 2006 – apart from three series where Christine Lampard stood in for her. However, Phillip quit the ITV show earlier this year after stepping down from This Morning in May.

Holly then followed suit and stepped down as host of This Morning in October, but no announcement has been made about her future on Dancing On Ice.

It's now been reported that ITV bosses are keen to persuade Holly to sign up to present the new series alongside Stephen Mulhern, who is rumoured to be taking over Phillip's spot on the ITV show after filling in for him on several occasions.

A source told MailOnline: “Dancing on Ice will be presented by Stephen Mulhern and a co-host, but Holly is yet to formally agree. Bosses hope they can convince her to come back to work in the new year because they feel the relationship between her and Stephen is exactly what the series needs.

“The situation is extremely sensitive due to everything that Holly has gone through in recent months and the channel is being careful not to put pressure on her decision, although they are hoping that renegotiating her contract will help to close the deal. Time is running out now given photoshoots need to happen, plus it won’t be long until the show needs to start promoting the new series.”

OK! has contacted representatives for Holly Willoughby for comment.

Stephen's Dancing On Ice role has not yet been confirmed by ITV, but he has hinted that he'd "love" to take on the presenting gig alongside Holly, if given the chance to do so.

The new Deal Or No Deal host said: "I absolutely loved it with Holly. We had a great time. And the response on social media was amazing. We are talking about Dancing On Ice. But I promise you now nothing has been agreed.

"I've not said yes, and I haven't said no. Would I do it? I think it'd be silly not to do it. But nothing has been fully agreed. It would be great to work with Holly again."

The new series of Dancing On Ice will kick off in January 2024 with the star-studded line-up having already been revealed.

Next year, celebrities including Ryan Thomas, Claire Sweeney, Adele Roberts, Amber Davies and Ricky Hatton will all take to the ice in a bid to impress the judges – Oti Mabuse, Ashley Banjo, Jane Torvill and Christopher Dean – and be crowned the Dancing On Ice champion.

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