Kate Garraway will be absent from Good Morning Britain for a second week in a row after her husband Derek Draper’s ‘very serious turn’.
The 54-year-old host was forced to extend her leave from the ITV daytime show in order to be by his bedside after her partner was admitted to the hospital last week.
‘Kate is taking some time off work over the next few days, and is hoping to be back to her normal presenting duties as soon as possible,’ an ITV spokesperson told Metro.co.uk.
On Wednesday, July 20, a source confirmed Derek had been taken back to the hospital ‘in a very serious condition.
‘The family is very worried about him but Derek is in the best hands,’ the insider added to The Sun.
‘Kate is by his side and is keeping it together as best she can. She’s a total professional and devoted to her work – both on Good Morning Britain and Smooth – but she had no choice but to step away this week to be there with him.
‘This is an incredibly difficult time for her and their family.’
Kate was absent from her hosting responsibilities on Good Morning Britain last week, so Ben Shephard and Charlotte Hawkins sent her love.
‘We are missing a member of the team, aren’t we?’ Ben said.
‘We are yes,’ Charlotte replied. ‘So Kate’s not here. She’s taking some time out to be with Derek at the moment so we’re sending her lots of love.’
Since getting Covid in March 2020 and slipping into a coma, Derek has fought ongoing health issues.
No other information has been provided, although it is believed that Derek is undergoing treatment while his body tries to recover from the effects of Covid.