Why Kate Garraway pulled out of today's Good Morning Britain

Kate Garraway left loyal Good Morning Britain fans disappointed when she was noticeably absent from her regular presenting slot on the Friday morning show.

Viewers flocked to social media, to ask why the presenter wasn't on the show, with many stating it wasn't the same without her. One said, 'Where is @kategarraway? @GMB is much more funny with her on the show love her and @benshephard presenting the show together @ITV', while a second fan wrote, '@kategarraway Kate can you tell me why you are not on gmb on a friday. It's not the same!!'

But never fear - as it turns out, the 51-year-old wasn't there for a very understandable reason.

She had been scheduled to present Friday's episode alongside Ben Shepherd, but was sent home ill at the last minute. Kate's co-host and regular GMB news presenter Charlotte Hawkins was then left to step in to cover her slot.

Revealing the news, Laura Tobin said, "Kate Garraway is not very well, she’s not here."

And Ben elaborated, saying, "Kate was meant to be here. She was here, then she got sent home!"

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It's not clear what kind of illness Kate had, but we're sure the mum-of-two was feeling pretty rubbish if she decided to go home from work.

Fans headed to social media following the news to wish Kate a speedy recovery. One wrote, '@kategarraway ..Get well soon Kate x', and another said, '@kategarraway 😥 get well soon, missed this morning x'

A third viewer commented, saying, '@kategarraway sent home! Nooooo Ill have to watch everybody loves raymond instead. Get well soon Kate x'.

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The GMB audience still got a chance to see Kate later on in the show however, as the show aired a pre-recorded interview of hers with legendary actress, Whoopi Goldberg. Whoopi discussed the topical #MeToo movement, and rumours of a third Sister Act movie.

And happily, viewers were equally excited to see Charlotte take centre stage during the morning show, with many calling her, Ben, Richard Arnold and Laura Tobin the 'dream team'.

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Commenting on a picture of the foursome, one fan said, 'and Charlotte is back where she belongs, centre stage. I love Fridays!'

Whle another commented, 'Great to see you in the Hot seat again @CharlotteHawkns Made for you.'.

And a third and fourth viewer said, 'Best @GMB team!', and 'The A team! 😘'.

Good Morning Britain returns to ITV on Monday 24th September at 6am.

Amy Hunt
Amy Hunt

Amy Hunt is Life Channel Editor at womanandhome.com, having been with the brand since 2015. She began as the magazine's features assistant before moving over to digital as a News and Features Writer, before becoming Senior Writer, and now a Channel Editor. She has worked on either women's lifestyle websites previously too—including Woman's Weekly, Goodto.com, Woman, and Woman's Own. In 2019, Amy won the Digital Journalist of the Year award at the AOP Awards, for her work on womanandhome.com. She is passionate about everything from books, to homes, to food and the latest news on the royal family. When she isn't editing or updating articles on cleaning, homewares, the newest home gadgets, or the latest books releases for the website, she's busy burying her nose in a gripping thriller, practising yoga, or buying new homeware of her own.