Holly Willoughby’s pals ‘reveal when she will decide whether to return to Dancing On Ice’

Holly Willoughby will reportedly not make a decision on her future on Dancing On Ice until after Christmas.

Questions surrounding whether the presenter will return to the ice skating show in January have been circulating ever since Holly quit her This Morning role in October due to a terrifying alleged kidnap and murder plot.

The star, 42, was seen for the first time after months of being too frightened to leave her home on Thursday, and The Sun has revealed she will be spending the festive period with those closest to her. 

Holly will enjoy Christmas with her husband Dan Baldwin, 48, and their three children while she continues to mull over her Dancing On Ice decision. 

A source told the publication: ‘Holly is spending Christmas with those closest to her. She is not rushing to make a decision and is putting it to the side for now to enjoy the festive period with her children.

Holly Willoughby, 42, will ‘not make a decision on her Dancing On Ice future until after Christmas’ The Sun has reported 

A source told the publication: 'Holly is spending Christmas with those closest to her. She is not rushing to make a decision and is putting it to the side for now to enjoy the festive period with her children'

A source told the publication: ‘Holly is spending Christmas with those closest to her. She is not rushing to make a decision and is putting it to the side for now to enjoy the festive period with her children’

‘Holly is expected to make her decision in the new year.’

MailOnline have contacted Holly’s representatives for comment. 

It comes after it was reported by The Sun on Friday that Stephen Mulhern has officially signed as the new host for the Sunday evening show as he replaces Phillip Schofield. 

They claimed having Stephen on board has been a huge boost to ITV bosses who are desperately hoping Holly will return to TV in January for the show. 

A TV insider told the publication: ‘Stephen has been the frontrunner to take Phillip’s spot for months but ITV is thrilled to now have him signed and sealed and ready to roll.

‘Stephen is hugely loved by viewers, is a consummate professional and as an added bonus has worked with Holly for decades – they both started out in telly together.

‘Knowing Stephen will be there beside her could be the comfort blanket Holly needs to say yes.’

An ITV spokesperson told MailOnline: ‘Further announcements regarding Dancing on Ice will be made in due course.’

It comes after it was reported by The Sun on Friday that Stephen Mulhern has officially signed as the new host for the Sunday evening show as he replaces Phillip Schofield

It comes after it was reported by The Sun on Friday that Stephen Mulhern has officially signed as the new host for the Sunday evening show as he replaces Phillip Schofield 

The presenter put on a brave face to join her family for a Christmas lunch on Thursday as she was seen for the first time after months of being too frightened to leave her home

The presenter put on a brave face to join her family for a Christmas lunch on Thursday as she was seen for the first time after months of being too frightened to leave her home 

Dressed in a camel coat, red jumpsuit and gold stiletto heels, Holly was seen leaving the restaurant near her home in south west London

Dressed in a camel coat, red jumpsuit and gold stiletto heels, Holly was seen leaving the restaurant near her home in south west London

This Morning has been left in disarray this year after Phillip resigned from the role due to his 'unwise but not illegal' affair with a much younger colleague and Holly quit after a terrifying alleged murder and kidnap plot

This Morning has been left in disarray this year after Phillip resigned from the role due to his ‘unwise but not illegal’ affair with a much younger colleague and Holly quit after a terrifying alleged murder and kidnap plot 

ITV bosses are hoping having Stephen on board will persuade Holly to return to TV in January for the show (Holly and Stephen pictured for their show Saturday Showdown back in 2006)

ITV bosses are hoping having Stephen on board will persuade Holly to return to TV in January for the show (Holly and Stephen pictured for their show Saturday Showdown back in 2006) 

Holly and Phillip Schofield hosted Dancing On Ice from 2006 until 2023, with the exception of the years 2012 to 2014 where Christine Lampard took Holly’s place. 

This week Holly put on a brave face to join her family for a Christmas lunch on Thursday with her family. 

Dressed in a camel coat, red jumpsuit and gold stiletto heels, Holly was seen leaving the restaurant near her home in south west London where she had dined with her mum Linda, husband Dan Baldwin and a group of friends. 

Out and about once again this week with her family, Holly didn’t crack a smile yet those close to her say that she is ‘feeling better as each day goes by’.

One friend told MailOnline: ‘For some time Holly hasn’t wanted to go to a restaurant or anywhere other people will see her, she has stuck to private places but little by little she is starting to get her life back.

Television production guru Dan, 48, was seen hugging Holly’s mum Linda as they left the restaurant. 

Friends say that it is those two who Holly has leaned on since learning of the alleged plot to kidnap and murder her by former security guard Gavin Plumb in October.

Since then she has struggled to leave the house that she shares with Dan and their three children, Harry, 14, Belle, 12, and eight-year-old Chester.

The terror of the threat left her so scared that she is still undecided whether she will host Dancing On Ice when it returns next month though she is expected to tell ITV whether she will return or not in the coming days.

Holly has also paused her £1million deal with Marks & Spencer because she remains fearful for her safety. 

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