The usually glittery ice of Dancing on Ice took a decidedly grittier turn this Sunday as former boxing champion Ricky Hatton unleashed a playful (but undeniably impactful) punch that sent host Stephen Mulhern sprawling to the rink.
What started as a lighthearted gag – Mulhern pulling faces at the camera while Hatton held the microphone – quickly escalated into a viral moment that left viewers both stunned and strangely delighted.
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Dancing on Ice: From Triple Axel to Triple Jab – Ricky Hatton’s Knockout Moment
The incident happened during the show’s opening segment. Hatton, a contestant on the current season, was tasked with holding the mic for Mulhern, who notoriously loves a bit of on-air mischief.
As Mulhern cracked jokes and mugged for the cameras, Hatton couldn’t help but react. Playfully shadowboxing, he eventually landed a good-natured jab on Mulhern’s shoulder.
The force, however, proved more than a friendly nudge. Mulhern, caught off guard, stumbled and went down like a felled pine tree.
Gasps and laughter erupted from the audience, while Holly Willoughby, the other host, covered her mouth in shock. Hatton, ever the gentleman, rushed to Mulhern’s side, apologizing profusely.
Mulhern, ever the comedian, simply grinned and gave a thumbs up from the ice, declaring it the “best opening ever.”
Dancing On Ice: Ricky Hatton punches Stephen Mulhern during Sunday’s premiere
This wasn’t just a lighthearted moment. It was a microcosm of Dancing on Ice’s unique charm. The show thrives on the unexpected, the juxtaposition of sequins and spilled tea, graceful pirouettes and clumsy tumbles.
Hatton’s playful punch, while potentially risky, captured that essence perfectly. It reminded us that even in the most choreographed of environments, spontaneity and humor can reign supreme.
Of course, there were concerns. Some viewers worried about the potential for real injury, while others felt the incident undermined the show’s elegance. However, the overwhelming response was positive.
Social media exploded with memes and gifs, praising both Hatton’s comedic timing and Mulhern’s resilience. The hashtag #HattonKOsMulhern trended worldwide, proving that sometimes, a well-placed jab can be more captivating than a triple axel.
Dancing on Ice has always been about pushing boundaries, both on and off the ice. This season, it seems they’ve added a new element to the mix: the power of a playful punch.
Whether it was a genuine mistake or a perfectly executed bit, Ricky Hatton’s moment proved that sometimes, the most unexpected moments are the ones we remember most.
So, the next time you tune in to Dancing on Ice, be prepared for anything. After all, on this show, even the hosts aren’t safe from a little friendly fire.
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