Kate Garraway’s GMB absence explained as fans express concerns at husband’s health fight

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Good Morning Britain fans took to Twitter to express their concerns about Kate Garraway, 55, whose 53-year-old husband Derek Draper remains in hospital battling health complications which stemmed from coronavirus. Today’s hosts on the show were Charlotte Hawkins, 45, and Ben Shephard, 46.

Kate usually presents the ITV morning show alongside Ben on Fridays.

During the latest edition, many fans tweeted the show and Ben to ask where Kate was.

One Twitter user wrote: “Morning Ben. Is Kate ok? She’s usually working with u on a Fri? Love Charlotte too but just checking on @kategarraway. Plse give me a shout out.”(sic)

A second commented: “Where is @kategarraway today ? Hope she’s ok x.”

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“Where is Kate Garraway. Hope she is well,” a third added.

ITV told Express.co.uk: “Kate is on annual leave, so Charlotte Hawkins presented today’s show with Ben Shephard.”

It’s not known if the presenter will be back on the show next week.

Kate was also absent from her Smooth Radio show today and was replaced by Myleene Klass.

Express.co.uk has contacted a representative for Kate for comment.

The mother-of-two is currently balancing her schedule with looking after her two children Darcey, 14, and Billy, 11.

Former Labour aide Derek, Kate’s second husband, was first admitted to hospital in March last year with coronavirus.

While he is now Covid-free, Derek is still in a coma fighting further health complications.

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In the most recent update about her spouse, Kate said she was unsure if or when her husband will recover.

She said on the 5 Years Time podcast this week: “It’s been really tough for us. Derek got really sick in the beginning of March.

“Even though we’re hoping he can recover, it’s taking a very, very long time. We don’t know how much he can recover.

“So that’s impacted on us, obviously, dramatically. So, it’s been really difficult.”

Last month, the presenter opened up on how she was coping with being a working mum while home-schooling their children.

She told Woman and Home magazine: “We have made it to Friday, a collective sign of relief to anybody who is locked into the torture of home schooling,”

“First time round, I was somewhat distracted at the time, and a lot of people felt quite nice, the sun was shining, we thought, ‘Great, time with the children, let’s see what those teachers are doing’.

“And very quickly realised how brilliant teachers are, and this time around it’s a real struggle isn’t it?”

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays from 6am on ITV.

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