Carol Vorderman forced to miss This Morning as she battles 'flu thing'

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 19: Carol Vorderman attends the Royal Film Performance and UK Premiere of
Carol Vorderman was too ill to go on This Morning. (Getty Images for Paramount Pictures)

Carol Vorderman told her fans she felt "rough" as she was forced to pull out of This Morning with the flu.

The former Countdown star was due to be on the sofa dishing out dating advice alongside Gyles Brandreth on Friday (2 December) but posted a video on Instagram saying that she wasn't well enough.

The clip showed Vorderman, 61, wrapped in a white robe as she told her fans: "Well, I'm four days into the flu thing.

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"Oh God, I feel rough. I look it.

"I haven't brushed my hair in four days though, so excuse that. Anyway, thank you for all your lovely messages."

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Coughing, she went on: "Sorry, I won't be on This Morning this morning. I was looking forward to it as well.

"Date Busters!

"Eh, it will be better be soon."

"I need a cup of tea," the TV star added.

Vorderman captioned the video: "FOUR DAYS INTO A FLU THING.

"Just sorry I won't be joining you on @thismorning... was really looking forward to it with my big bad handsome partner in crime @gylesbrandreth.

Gyles Brandreth partners up with Carol Vorderman for Celebrity Gogglebox. (Channel 4)
Gyles Brandreth and Carol Vorderman on Celebrity Gogglebox together. (Channel 4)

"Still it means I haven't had to brush my hair for 4 days which is always a bonus."

Thanking her fans, she added: "You're a lovely lot."

Vorderman was inundated with get well soon posts from her followers and celebrity friends.

Dame Kelly Holmes posted: "I hear you… Just came on here and seen your post. Oh boy I’m the same! Been up all night non stop coughing!

"Get well soon lovely."

Carol Vorderman during Gold Cup Day of the 2019 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse.
Carol Vorderman said she hadn't brushed her hair in four days. (PA)

Vorderman replied: "Oh no Kelly. I think we're in sync on this.

"Knackered but my brain has gone into laughing mode. It's a bloody weird brain I've got xx.

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"Someone on Twitter said to put Vicks Vapor rub on your feet so I've pulled some socks out of the wash basket and rubbed my feet down with it and sitting here stinking but happy."

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