The ITV star stepped in to host alongside Holly Willoughby as Phil continues to test positive for coronavirus.
And it appears that Stephen was a huge hit as he made his debut last night (February 6).
Dancing On Ice: Phillip Schofield replaced by Stephen Mulhern
Stephen is known for his appearances on ITV including Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, In For A Penny and Catchphrase.
And he’s only presented with Holly in the past!
Opening the show yesterday, the pair reflected on their time on kids TV together.
Holly said: “You may have heard Phil is isolating, so for the first time ever he won’t be here this week.
“However, the lovely Stephen Mulhern has stepped in!”
Stephen responded: “Can you believe it’s been 16 years since we’ve worked together on kids TV.”
Holly added: “I know! Saturday mornings we used to do, but we’ve grown up now.”
Stephen joked: “Back by no popular demand.”
However, viewers certainly want more of Stephen on the show.
Dancing On Ice viewers demand a ‘change’
Taking to Twitter, one said: “We need Stephen Mulhern to replace Schofield permanently on #DancingOnIce.”
Another added: “@ITV what a refreshing change Stephen Mulhern made last night to #DancingOnIce. Would be great if this becomes a permanent change.”
A third wrote: “Petition for Stephen Mulhern to co-present @dancingonice from now on! Thank you.”
— David Mills (@DavidMills_UK) February 7, 2022
We need Stephen Mulhearn to replace Schofield permanently on #DancingOnIce
— Carol Sumner (@cazz62) February 6, 2022
— L💫 (@TVMusings22) February 6, 2022
#DancingOnIce it seems to be unanimous that we all prefer Stephen to Phillip.Much better job than Phil I thought too.Hes more down to earth and funnier.
— SueKilmore37 (@SueKilmore37) February 6, 2022
Stephen was so refreshing to watch! Much prefer this partnership on the show
— Lynne thom (@lthomson13) February 7, 2022
#dancingonice Holly was much better presenting with Stephen Mulhern. I thought they had a great vibe and I didn't fast forward through their bits tonight
— Lynn Braben – I hate this scumbag Gov (@LynnBraben) February 6, 2022
Please tell me Stephen is going to be given a permanent slot on #DancingOnIce? 🤞 Never thought I would tweet this but I prefer him presenting DOI compared to Phillip!
— Jenny (@mysterybidder) February 6, 2022
— Janine Pingree (@purplejp) February 6, 2022
— Julie Scott (@JulieScott5678) February 7, 2022
In addition, a fourth shared: “#DancingOnIce Holly was much better presenting with Stephen Mulhern. I thought they had a great vibe and I didn’t fast forward through their bits tonight.”
A fifth posted: “Please tell me Stephen is going to be given a permanent slot on #DancingOnIce? Never thought I would tweet this but I prefer him presenting DOI compared to Phillip!”
A sixth said: “#DancingOnIce it seems to be unanimous that we all prefer Stephen to Phillip. Much better job than Phil I thought too. He’s more down to earth and funnier.”
We need Stephen Mulhern to replace Phillip Schofield!
However, others missed original host Phillip.
One tweeted: “Well done to @StephenMulhern tonight, great job! I did miss @Schofe though, please hurry back!”
Another fan said: “#DancingOnIce isn’t quite the same for me without @Schofe – hope you get better! I don’t think you’ve ever missed a DOI before have you?!”
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