KATE Garraway has confirmed that she’ll be returning to Good Morning Britain on Monday amidst her husband’s ongoing coronavirus battle.
The presenter appeared on the ITV show today and told viewers she’ll be teaming up with Ben Shephard to front the show while Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid take their summer break.
Announcing her return to GMB, she smiled: “I’m going to come back, I’m afraid. I’m going to come back on Monday if you’ll have me.
“You two are going [off for the summer], I’m coming back. I’m not sure I’ve got the fight to be Piers Morgan. I’ll be with Ben Shephard.
She continued: “I’ve got to get going, I’ve got to come back.
“I don’t want to make it sound like I’m Mother Teresa or anything, everyone’s having to do that, I’m not special or different, everyone’s having to get on with sadness and loss.
“If I come back we’ll all be in the same boat.”
Keeping her humour, Kate joked: “Darcey said, ‘do I have to go to bed early just because you’re going to bed early?'”
While recent months have weighed heavy on her, Kate insisted that her husband, Derek Draper, would want her to return to the show and said she wanted their children; Darcy, 14, and Billie, 10, to have a “future”.
She added: “Derek would not just be saying come back, he’d be saying, ‘why haven’t you done it before?’
“As he got into the ambulance he said, ‘Go inside and make them feel safe, because they’re going to be panicking about this.’
“That would be his priority. “
Kate continued: “My job is to make him feel safe and make them feel that they have a future and a world and whatever happens with Derek – we hope and believe he can come back to us – but whatever happens they have to feel they have a world.
“To see me getting on, they’re going to go back to school in September.”
The I’m A Celeb star returned to the studio today for the first time since Derek was taken ill 100 days ago.
Kate revealed in an interview at the weekend that Derek had emerged from his coma in hospital and even opened his eyes.
She said: “When medical staff say, ‘Good morning, Derek,’ he sometimes opens his eyes. We and the doctors are doing everything we can so that he can start to recover.”
However, in a rare social media post she also sounded a note of caution, saying the day he returned home having recovered still seemed “very uncertain” amid these “ghastly times”.
She wrote: “The future we are really hoping for , Derek recovering & coming home is not nearly in sight & very uncertain.
“But it feels positive to share how we are trying to keep ourselves going as I know so many are dealing with terrible challenges in all sorts of ways as we all try to emerge from these ghastly times, just as we continue to hope Derek can emerge from his minimum state of consciousness.”
It was the first time Kate has posted on Instagram since Father’s Day on June 21 when she updated fans on Derek’s condition.
In March, the former political adviser was taken into hospital suffering from coronavirus.
He begged to be put into a coma because he felt he was “suffocating”.
The 52-year-old has now opened his eyes but has “minimum consciousness” according to Kate.