Dancing on Ice is planning an emotional tribute in celebration of host Phillip Schofield coming out as gay
Dancing on Ice is planning a ‘celebration’ of Phillip Schofield on Sunday after he bravely came out as gay at the age of 57.
Schofield presents the celebrity ice dancing show alongside his This Morning co-host, Holly Willoughby. On Friday he revealed that he was gay, having been “coming to terms” with his sexuality for many years.
The team of professional and celebrity skaters are said to be “incredibly proud of his bravery” and are planning to declare their support by giving a backstage toast to him during the live show this weekend.
A source told The Sun: “Phillip is a huge part of the Dancing on Ice team and they want him to know they are there for him 100 per cent.
“The cast are ridiculously proud of him. They will definitely be there to support him at the live show on Sunday and raise a glass to him.
“It’s nothing but love and hugs as he is a massive part of the family, so this is major.”
Celebrity judge John Barrowman has already led the Dancing on Ice stars in paying tribute to Schofield.
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He wrote on Instagram: “So proud of you and your family Phillip. Welcome to your truth and authentic self. The nation loves you for who you are! You are @schofe Can’t wait to hug you and don’t worry we got your back we are #LGBTQ+strong welcome to the family. JB.”
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So proud of you and your family Phillip. Welcome to your truth and authentic self. The nation loves you for who you are! You are @schofe Can’t wait to hug you and don’t worry we got your back we are #LGBTQ+strong welcome to the family❤️❤️??JB . . @thismorning @dancingonice @itv
Ian H Watkins, who made history this year as part of the first same-sex couple on the show, also shared his congratulations.
He wrote: “Bravo Phillip for your honesty.. Coming out is difficult but your family, friends and fans will be proud of you being your authentic self.. I’m proud of your bravery.. Welcome officially to our beautiful rainbow family! We and our ally’s will keep you safe xx”