Dancing On Ice hit by 341 Ofcom complaints over Holly Willoughby’s racy dress and Rufus Hound slamming the government
DANCING On Ice's first show has been hit with 341 Ofcom complaints due to Holly Willoughby's racy dress and Rufus Hound's political comments.
The new series of the ITV show kicked off on Sunday, and while viewers were thrilled to have it back on their screens not everything went down well.
The official TV regulator has revealed the mammoth amount of complaints that have poured in just three days after it aired.
A rep for Ofcom told us: "Most of the 341 complaints were about Rufus Hound’s comments about the government.
"We also received complaints about Holly’s dress, and the set-up of the programme given Corona rules."
Rufus' words sparked outrage at the time, with fans flocking to Twitter to slam the comic for making the family show "political".
The comic was saved from the public vote by the judges, and when speaking to host Phillip Schofield about he he felt he said: "We live in a world where the people we elect don't want to feed hungry kids, so this is the least mad thing that has happened in a long time."
The star was referencing recent fury after the government's "£30 food parcels" for children who receive free school meals were exposed as being wholly inadequate on social media last week.
Disgruntled viewers slammed Rufus for bringing politics into their Sunday evening viewing, with one tweeting at the time: "No need for political statements on prime time entertainment. Get rid of Rufus. Bloody leftie."
Meanwhile, Holly's eye-popping display in a plunging gown distracted some fans, with the dress putting her cleavage front and centre.
Some thought that it wasn't appropriate for the family show, with Amanda Holden facing similar backlash on Britain's Got Talent in the past.
Elsewhere, Dancing On Ice viewers slammed the show as "irresponsible" for going ahead amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, insisting that all of the celebrities' injuries were putting the NHS under unnecessary strain.
In just the first week, Denise Van Outen was rushed to hospital after dislocating her shoulder, pro skater Yebin Mok lost a chunk of her leg in one grisly accident, and Rebekah Vardy slashed her partner's face with her blade.
Concerned viewers felt that the programme's risk factor was inappropriate for current times, with hospitals already under immense pressure due to the pandemic.
There are a series of health and safety rules within the studio, including the judges being more spaced out and separated with Perspex screens, no live studio audience, and the Dancing On Ice stars and pros forming cohort work bubbles so that they do not have to social distance.
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