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Phillip: Right time for Ice to end

Phillip Schofield has said he thinks it is the "right time" for Dancing On Ice to end.

The ITV show - which Phillip hosts with Christine Bleakley - is finishing after its ninth series, which starts in January.

Discussing the end of the programme, he said: "Eight million people are not getting it wrong on a Sunday night."

But he added: "Although they won't stop skating, there's an enormous amount of work involved for (Jayne) Torvill and (Christopher) Dean in Dancing On Ice, especially for Chris, so I think it's the right time for it to end.

"Whether skating is reinvented in the future, who knows?"

The final season will bow out with an "all-star" special, featuring former champions and popular celebrities from the last eight years.

Torvill and Dean will again train the stars as they celebrate the 30th anniversary of their gold-medal winning Bolero routine.

Phillip said: "It will be really great because there will be a lot of people who can skate right from the word 'go'. A lot of the skaters will be of an equal ability once they get back on the ice, so I think we'll have a real competition."

The TV presenter also revealed that he has never entertained the idea of being a contestant himself.

"It's too dangerous, it hurts too much, it's b****y hard - it really is!" he admitted. "What's more, those blades... I think people forget the peril. Those blades are like knives, so when you're skating with your partner, there are four knives on the ice."

:: Phillip Schofield co-hosts A Night of Heroes - The Military Awards on ITV on Monday, December 16, at 9pm.

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