Matt Richardson sad he can't share 'Dancing on Ice' experience with late friend Caroline Flack

Amy Johnson
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Caroline Flack and Matt Richardson attend the launch of her autobiography "Storm In A C Cup" at Library on October 21, 2015 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)
Caroline Flack and Matt Richardson attend the launch of her autobiography "Storm In A C Cup" at Library on October 21, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)

Matt Richardson is set to make his Dancing on Ice debut on Sunday as he replaces Rufus Hound but he's sad his late friend Caroline Flack won't be able to see him perform.

The 29-year-old presented the X Factor's spin-off Xtra Factor with the television host in 2013 while he was also a panellist on ITV2 show Viral Tap, which was presented by Flack in 2014.

“Obviously we worked together lots, but she was a really good mate of mine," he told The Sun.

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“Like she was one of my best friends in the world. And it’s weird, actually when I got the call to go onto the show this week, she would have been one of the first people that I'd have rung.”

Caroline Flack and Matt Richardson pictured arriving at Wembley Arena for the X Factor auditions on July 15, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by SAV/FilmMagic)
Caroline Flack and Matt Richardson pictured arriving at Wembley Arena for the X Factor auditions on July 15, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by SAV/FilmMagic)

“So I had a real pang of sadness that this wasn't something I could talk to Caroline about and would have had, you know, a really good laugh about. Like what I'd look like in the costumes and all that kind of fun, silly stuff. And she would have been amazingly supportive."

Richardson added that Flack had "helped [him] in everything" when she was alive.

The Love Island presenter sadly took her own life last February at the age of 40. She had won a dance competition herself having been crowned Strictly Come Dancing champion in 2014.

Richardson will be skating with professional Vicky Ogden as he takes over Hound's slot after the comedian tested positive for the coronavirus after the show updated its COVID-19 protocols.

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He isn't the only late entrant to the competition as Olympic gymnast Amy Tinkler stepped in last week to take Denise van Outen's place when she had to drop out due to a shoulder injury.

Despite not being part of the original cast, Tinkler managed to avoid being in the skate off which saw Olympic skier Graham Bell sent home.

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