A tearful Phillip Schofield paid tribute to Caroline Flack at the start of Sunday’s Dancing On Ice.
An emotional Phil and Holly Willoughby began the show by remembering their friend and ITV colleague.
Love Island presenter Caroline, 40, was found dead at her London home on Saturday. A lawyer for Caroline‘s family said she’d taken her own life after she had been “under huge pressure.”
Phil was visibly choked up as he said to viewers watching Dancing On Ice: “We’d like to begin tonight’s show by taking a moment to remember Caroline Flack in light of yesterday’s awful news.”
And co-presenter Holly recalled Caroline’s recent Instagram post urging people to “be kind”.
Tributes have been flooding in for Caroline after the Love Island host passed away.
Caroline’s friend Joe Swash, who is a contestant on Dancing On Ice, was praised for his skate to the Robbie Williams hit Candy in the light of the tragic news, and the popular TV presenter and actor sent his love to her friends and family.
Ahead of the show Holly shared a snap of her love heart decorated nails on her Instagram, believed to be a tribute to Caroline, saying: “I choose LOVE …”
“Choose love and kindness always!!” praised one fan.
She previously shared a snap of the pair on her Instagram saying: “Utterly heart breaking… life is so precious and yet so fragile… huge love to Caroline’s family…”
Speaking on her BBC Radio 5 Live show Laura Whitmore, who took over from Caroline as presenter of the winter series of Love Island last month, delivered a powerful tribute to her close friend.
The TV and radio presenter said the Love Island star had ‘many struggles’ but was someone who ‘loved to love.’
“Yesterday we lost someone before their time. At age 40 Caroline Flack made the decision to take her own life and I want to talk about it,” she said.
Describing her friend she said: “She was bubbly and for such a small stature, commanded a room. She loved to laugh and had the most infectious chuckle.
“She also had many struggles, I am not going to pretend she was perfect. She lived every mistake publicly under the scrutiny of the media. Caroline loved to love, that’s all she wanted.”
Caroline stepped down from Love Island in December after she was alleged to have assaulted her boyfriend Lewis Burton 27, at her flat in Islington, north London.
Caroline had denied the assault charge and was due to face trial on March 4.
Love Island will not be shown tonight as a mark of respect to Caroline.
ITV’s flagship dating show will instead return on Monday night with a tribute to the TV presenter, who hosted the show since 2015 and its spin-off Aftersun since 2017.
Show bosses said the decision was made after ‘careful consideration.’
An ITV spokeswoman said: “Many people at ITV knew Caroline well and held her in great affection. All of us are absolutely devastated at this tragic news.
“After careful consultation between Caroline’s representatives and the Love Island production team and given how close we still are to the news of Caroline’s tragic death we have decided not to broadcast tonight’s Love Island out of respect for Caroline’s family.
“Love Island will return tomorrow night which will include a tribute to Caroline who will be forever in our hearts.”
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