The comic has had to pull out of tomorrow’s show after coming into contact with someone who has COVID-19.
He now has to isolate for 10 days, as per government guidelines
It means his future on the ITV ice skating show is up in the air. Rufus, 41, was due to perform as part of the group number tomorrow night – and again next Sunday for his individual skate.
But he can no longer do either.
It’s not yet known whether he will be allowed back on the show. Sources say he has tested negative for the coronavirus and is now isolating at home.
His professional partner Robin Johnstone has also been advised to stay away from the Dancing On Ice studios but does not have to self-isolate as she has had no contact with anyone who has tested positive.
A spokesperson for ITV said: “This week Rufus Hound came into contact with someone outside of the show who tested positive for Covid 19.
“This means, following government guidelines, he will isolate for ten days. We are hoping to welcome him back to the ice soon.
“We continue to have a robust set of measures in place to operate safely within Covid-19 guidelines and to ensure the wellbeing of everyone connected with the production.”
Dad-of-two Rufus will be a huge miss – after making his mark in the first show of the series on Sunday
The comedian impressed with his performance – earning the first golden ticket of the competition, taking him straight through to the next round.
Judges Ashley Banjo, John Barrowman, Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean loved his Super Mario themed skate so guaranteed him a place in Musicals Week next Sunday.
But unfortunately now he won’t be able to take part.It’s not yet known whether bosses will allow him to skate again once his isolation period is over.
He made an impassioned speech about the government’s recent failure on providing free school meals to the poorest – and admitted he’d been “emotionally unstable for the past year”.
Hundreds complained to Ofcom after Rufus’ comments criticising the government, in light of footballer Marcus Rashford’s campaign to feed the poorest children during school holidays.
Dancing On Ice isn’t the first reality show he’s been involved with – he previously won the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special in 2013.
He was a regular panellist for Celebrity Juice, and also appeared on shows such as Never Mind The Buzzcocks.
He also made a name for himself in a number of stage productions, including Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Boy In The Dress and Everybody’s Talking About Jamie. Dancing On Ice returns to ITV tomorrow night at 6pm.