Kate Garraway takes time off from Good Morning Britain

Kate Garraway was unwell and had to take two days off GMB

Kate Garraway said she got a
Kate Garraway took time away from Good Morning Britain. (ITV screengrab)

What did you miss?

Kate Garraway was off our screens as she took a break from Good Morning Britain on Thursday and Friday due to illness.

During Friday's show, TV hosts Charlotte Hawkins and Adil Ray explained that their colleague was absent from Good Morning Britain because she hasn't been very well and she has lost her voice.

Garraway had been recognised for being influential on International Women's Day so it was unfortunate she had to miss her slot on the breakfast show, with one fan writing: "It’s not Kate. She’s still ill x have a good one @kategarraway hope you’re better soon xx."

What, how and why?

Charlotte Hawkins and Adil Ray kept the show going on Good Morning Britain. (ITV screengrab)
Charlotte Hawkins and Adil Ray kept the show going on Good Morning Britain. (ITV screengrab)

Hawkins explained her colleague's absence from Good Morning Britain on Friday. She said: "She would be here today but she's lost her voice. She's all well but she can't speak."

Playfully Ray poked fun at Garraway being off work saying she had been "too influential" on International Women's Day. He said in jest: "She's lost her voice, she's been too influential in the past year."

Hawkins played along saying: "I know, she obviously has been hasn't she!"

"Be less influential Kate," Ray joked. He then added sincerely: "And get better soon."

As the show must go on, Ray and Hawkins interviewed stars Annie Lennox and Carol Vorderman to mark International Women's Day.

On Thursday, Garraway had been replaced on Good Morning Britain by Ranvir Singh stepped in to host with Richard Madeley. Garraway was also missing from Smooth Radio on Thursday. Tina Hobley filled in for the presenter on both Thursday and Friday. The presenter has yet to share any updates on her social media accounts.

Adil Ray replaces Ben Shephard

It comes as Adil Ray returned to our screens on Good Morning Britain this week. Ray was delighted to be announced as Shephard's replacement. He wrote on social media: "From Friday, I’ll be back @gmb for most Fridays until the end of May. First run is the next three Fridays until the Easter break."

He added: "Hope you’ll join me. In the current climate it feels like a huge privilege to be on morning telly. Would love it if you joined us from 6am. Thank you."

Ray's appearance on the show comes shortly before Shephard starts his new job on This Morning on Monday alongside TV presenter Cat Deeley. He had two weeks off before starting his new gig.

Shephard was in tears on his emotional last day at Good Morning Britain. He was overcome with emotion when his friends on GMB surprised him with sweet messages from his favourite football team West Ham's stars including Carlton Cole and Mark Noble.

Noble said: "Ben you were there for me on my last day as a West Ham player so it's only right I send you a message. You was there for me the last ever game so have a great day mate, you'll be crying instead of me this time."

Taken back and visibly emotional, Shephard was touched by the footballer's words. He said: "That's Mark Noble. That's Mr West Ham!"

This Morning hosts Cat Deeley and Ben Shephard. (ITV)
This Morning hosts Cat Deeley and Ben Shephard start on Monday. (ITV)

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