Kate Garraway missing from GMB as she takes a break as husband fights for life

Kate Garraway will be missing from Good Morning Britain this week as she takes a break from the show.

The GMB star announced last week she's taking a break from the ITV programme to spend time with her family.

Kate, 53, revealed the news at the end of Friday's episode of the show as she thanked viewers for their ongoing support as her husband Derek Draper continues to recover from coronavirus in hospital.

She told GMB viewers she was taking some time off to help her son Billy as he starts secondary school soon.

Kate explained: "I'm actually not here next week, I'm taking a bit of time off to help Billy get sorted for secondary school… Darcey as well get into school."

The presenter also said she would spend time with her beloved husband Derek, and she thanked viewers for being so amazing when she "came back in such challenging times."

Kate continued: "I just want to say thank you to all of you for absolutely being brilliant since I've come back through challenging times."

She added: "To all the people on screen and off screen, you've been amazing."

Kate opened up about the long-term damage coronavirus has wreaked on her husband, Derek, on yesterday's GMB.

The star was talking alongside co-host Alex Beresford and Dr Hilary Jones as they discussed "long COVID", the name for long-term symptoms that follow a coronavirus battle, including neurological damage and fatigue.

The hosts had spoken to Dynasty actress Emma Samms, who still suffers from breathlessness and fatigue after contracting the virus back in March.

"That is something you and I have spoken about with Derek," Kate told Hilary.

"Once the virus has gone, it's the long-term damage."

Kate also said that she is writing a self-help book called Good Morning Life: How To Wake Up Every Day And Smile.

She is now editing the book to include "insights" from her experience with Derek and his battle with coronavirus.

Charlotte Hawkins and Adil Ray were seen hosting the show today, with Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid still off and Ben Shephard taking time off to host fellow ITV show Tipping Point.

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV

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