Dancing On Ice 'line up Matt Richardson to REPLACE Rufus Hound'

Dancing On Ice ‘line up Matt Richardson to REPLACE Rufus Hound amid backlash over the comedian’s resurfaced homophobic and racist tweets’

  •  There’s been mounting pressure from viewers to kick the 41-year-old off the show after old tweets resurfaced in which the used the word ‘r****d’ in 2011 
  • He also referred to Ed Sheeran as a ‘gay lord’ and tweeted racist words, including the n-word in 2012 
  • More tweets have surfaced of him seemingly glorifying a song about rape, with the banned track branded the ‘most disturbingly racist recordings ever made’ 
  • Amid the backlash and increasing pressure on show bosses, it’s said that producers are lining up TV and Radio presenter Matt, 29, as his replacement
  • A particular comment about the tragic Manchester Arena bombing is said to have caused a falling out between Rufus and his skate partner Robin Johnstone 
  • A source said: ‘Bosses are panicking that Rufus is bad for the show and his comments have upset Robin and some of the other pros’ 
  • MailOnline have contacted representatives of Rufus and Dancing On Ice, who declined to comment 
  • On Friday night, Rufus, who has been battling coronavirus, took to Twitter to confirm he would be missing this weekend’s show due to the virus

Dancing On Ice are reportedly looking to replace Rufus Hound with Matt Richardson amid controversy over the comedian’s resurfaced homophobic and racist tweets.

There’s been mounting pressure from viewers to kick the 41-year-old off the show after old tweets resurfaced in which the used the word ‘r****d’ in 2011, referred to Ed Sheeran as a ‘gay lord’ and tweeted racist words, including the n-word in 2012.

And now, amid the backlash and increasing pressure on show bosses, it’s said that producers are lining up TV and Radio presenter Matt, 29, as his replacement. 

Leaving? Dancing On Ice are reportedly looking to replace Rufus Hound with Matt Richardson amid controversy over the comedian’s resurfaced homophobic and racist tweets

One particular comment about the tragic Manchester Arena bombing in 2017 is said to have caused a falling out between Rufus and his professional skate partner Robin Johnstone.

A source told The Sun: ‘Bosses are panicking that Rufus is bad for the show and his comments have upset Robin and some of the other pros.’

They added: ‘They are a diverse and multicultural bunch and it’s embarrassing and disappointing that someone who makes these insensitive jokes is allowed on the show,” the source went on.

‘Robin is all about empowering women and being positive and it’s been tough for her to stomach. His comments have been outrageous.’

New recruit? Amid the backlash and increasing pressure on show boss, it’s said that producers are lining up TV and Radio presenter Matt, 29, as his replacement

Rufus infuriated fans tweets surfaced of him seemingly glorifying a song about rape.

The banned 1970s track by Peter Wyngarde, called When Sex Leers Its Inquisitive Head, was branded by critics at the time as the ‘most disturbingly racist recordings ever made’.

Tweeting about the song, Rufus said :’Have you heard his album? Oh my s! It starts with literally a seduction.

‘And one track, I s**t you not, is his take on how rape works in different countries, doing the different ’70s racist accents of the people committing the rape.

‘It sounds like I must be making it up in order to make it weirder for you to struggle to make you believe. It absolutely genuinely exists — and I urge you all to buy it.’

Falling out? One particular comment about the tragic Manchester Arena bombing in 2017 is said to have caused a falling out between Rufus and his professional skate partner Robin Johnstone (pictured together)

A source said: ‘Robin is all about empowering women and being positive and it’s been tough for her to stomach. His comments have been outrageous’

The Sun also reports that the TV personality previously joked Hitler killed millions of Jews ‘as a bet’, during a chat with Richard Herring on his Leicester Square Theatre Podcast.

He is said to have remarked: ‘I’ve just thought of the most racist joke’,  with host Herring quickly jumping in to tell him: ‘Keep that to yourself.’ 

MailOnline have contacted representatives of Rufus and Dancing On Ice, who declined to comment. 

On Friday night, Rufus, who has been battling coronavirus, took to Twitter to confirm he would be missing this weekend’s show due to the virus, after missing last week’s.

He said: ‘I’ve had Covid. Isolated when I knew I’d come into contact with it, tested five days later, am coming to the end of having had it, luckily v mild case.’ 

Shocking: Rufus infuriated fans tweets surfaced of him seemingly glorifying a song about rape, with the banned 1970s track branded the ‘most disturbingly racist recordings ever made’

Though they decline to comment on him being replaced, a spokesperson for ITV told MailOnline: ‘Rufus Hound came into contact with someone outside of the show who tested positive for Covid 19. 

‘This means, following government guidelines, he is currently isolating. We are hoping to welcome him back to the ice soon.’

While an additional ITV spokesperson added: ‘We have stringent protocols in place to ensure the health and safety of all our contributors and staff which are routinely monitored and updated to reflect the current guidelines.’

Earlier this week, it was reported that bosses were ‘refusing to axe Rufus Hound’ after historic tweets by the star using racist and homophobic slurs resurfaced and he was told he ‘won’t be kicked off the show’.

Claim: Earlier this week, it was reported that bosses were ‘refusing to axe Rufus Hound’ after historic tweets by the star using racist and homophobic slurs resurfaced

A source claimed to The Sun that ITV was being hypocritical with Hound – following the axing of I’m A Celebrity star Jack Maynard back in 2017 after tweets emerged of him using racist and homophobic slurs. 

A source told the website: ‘Dancing On Ice have made their position clear and while Rufus’s tweets have been quietly condemned, right now it’s not being seen as an offence which would require his removal.

‘It seems there is one rule for some, and one for another. After Jack was taken off I’m A Celebrity for the same kind of tweets, it was assumed that Rufus would be told he should step down.

‘But it’s been made clear to those working on the show that they’re standing by him.’ 

Backlash: The Sun reported the comedian was been told he ‘won’t be kicked off the show’ after old tweets from the star resurfaced in which he used offensive slurs (pictured on the show with partner Robin Johnstone)

It was previously reported Dancing on Ice bosses were facing calls to remove Hound from the show after he tweeted claims that Theresa May planned the Manchester Arena terror attack. 

The comedian stirred outrage among MPs and bomb victims who want him axed from the show for retweeting the unsubstantiated claims – coincidentally Mr Hound is now isolating for ten days after coming into contact with coronavirus and will not be appearing on this week’s show.  

Mr Hound retweeted: ‘Given the attacker was known to MI5, the timing seems fortunate for May that an attack ‘slips through’ as Labour are making progress.’ 

He then added his own comment, suggesting that May, the Prime Minister at the time of the 2017 Manchester Arena bombings, had planned the attack to help the Tories win the election, The Sun on Sunday reports.  

Unearthed: Hound used shocking racist slurs in a tweet from 2012 which contained the n-word 

Tweets: He also branded Ed Sheeran a ‘gay lord’ in a 2012 tweet and used the word ‘r****d’ in a 2011 tweet

The conspiracy theorist wrote: ‘Apologies for mild tinhattedness, but I’ve been thinking the same. Esp. as she was Home Secretary for so long.’

He later tweeted that he was not suggesting it was true, but that he believed it could be possible, adding: ‘I guess I’m not really alleging it as true, more that I don’t believe our establishment is incapable of such evil. Especially during an election.’

MP Rob Halfon told The Sun on Sunday: ‘This is horrific.’These trivial remarks are deeply offensive to victims of the Manchester attack.’

Whilst another Conservative MP Alec Shelbrooke told the publication that it was ITV’s ‘moral responsibility’ to ‘chuck out’ contestants using the show as a political platform. 

Report: Earlier this week it was reported Dancing on Ice bosses were facing calls to remove Hound from the show after he tweeted claims that Theresa May planned the Manchester Arena terror attack

Horror: A scene following the Manchester Arena attack at an Ariana Grande concert

Jade Clough, 33, from Stockport, who was hit by shrapnel at the Manchester attack carried out by Salman Abedi, told The Sun on Sunday that the claims were ‘outrageous’ and said the celebrity’s actions could make people feel it was ok to share similar unsubstantiated claims. 

ITV declined to comment on the matter, MailOnline has contacted Hound’s representatives for comment.

Ahead of the report on his historic tweets on Sunday, Hound shared a link to tweets originally posted in September 2020, in which he responded to criticism of his posts.      

The thread read: ‘Hi there Occasionally for different reasons, people trawl through my timeline (I’ve been on this site for 11 years, so that’s a fair bit of material) to find stuff that they can take offence at or inspire offence in others with.  

Tweets: In a series of tweets made in 2017 Mr Hound shared his view that the government were not ‘incapable of such evil’

‘So, I just want to make something abundantly clear: When I was a stand-up and a younger man, the culture on here was much darker and edgier. I made jokes about race, sexuality, politics… everything.

‘You may not like those jokes. You may find those jokes offensive or upsetting. And if you do, there’s a very good chance that I hadn’t thought about them or the subjects they covered enough.

‘Hell, I put out a Comedy Central Special that was almost entirely about oral sex and when I watch it back (I have done this only once in the last 6 years) there’s stuff I wish I hadn’t said, or said differently or just flat out don’t like.’  

He continued: ‘My point is this. For the last few years, I have largely absented myself from the pop mainstream. Stopped doing panel shows, only went on quizzes when I could win money for charities etc. Theatre’s what I’ve been doing and that comes at enormous personal cost.  

‘Cost of time, money and relationships. But I LOVE it. As anyone who knew me from birth to 19 and they’ll tell you. It’s all I ever wanted to do. And now I get to do it. Or did, before… y’know….’

He branded his past tweets ‘stupid and hurtful’, writing: ‘If anything I’ve said or tweeted in the past was stupid or hurtful, it’s because I can be stupid and hurtful. I, sincerely, try to understand and do better. Ask anyone who knows me. I am not short of thinking. Paralysingly, sometimes.

‘I’m not aware of anything specific coming my way, hand on heart. This isn’t one of those moments where my publicist has phoned me and said they’ve found my prints on the body (I don’t even have a publicist. Well, I did but they died in mysterious circumstances. And I wear gloves)

Response: Ahead of the report on his historic tweets on Sunday, Hound shared a link to tweets originally posted in September 2020, in which he responded to criticism of his posts

Regret: He branded his past tweets ‘stupid and hurtful’, writing: ‘If anything I’ve said or tweeted in the past was stupid or hurtful, it’s because I can be stupid and hurtful’

‘… it’s more that I just want to say people change. People grow. People improve. Whilst I still have endless improvements to make, undoubtedly, I’m trying.

‘So, if a load of old s**t I came out with years ago offends you or upsets you, know that there’s a very good chance it offends and upsets me too, which is why I stopped saying it.’  

He continued: ‘I believe in equality of opportunity, in love as a superpower, in women. I believe you should be free to do anything you like as long as it doesn’t endanger the physical wellbeing of other people.

‘I believe that who you are and who you choose to be should be met with kindness by the world. I believe no one person has any more intrinsic value than any other. I believe we should be working together to make the world a better place for all of humankind.

‘I believe we can all be better if we choose to be and shouldn’t be defined by our worst days. I believe that, when all is said and done, Salt and Vinegar Squares are the absolute best crisps.’

‘And all I can ask you to think of me is this: Imperfect man, trying to be kind, sane and funny in an unkind, mad, bleak world. Thank you for coming to my [bloa]TED [sense of self regard] talk x.’

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