Katie Piper reveals medical alert as she misses ITV breakfast show

Katie Piper at the Bafta Television Craft Awards
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Katie Piper had to withdraw from her morning TV show this weekend due to an "unexpected medical procedure". The TV presenter and campaigner, who was the victim of a horrific acid attack in March 2008, took to social media on Saturday morning to tell her followers that ITV's Charlotte Hawkins would be filling in for her at short notice.

Piper, aged 40, reassured fans that "all is well" and expressed her intention to return to her role as host of Katie Piper's Breakfast Show on ITV next weekend. On Instagram, she shared: "Sadly, I'm not going to be on my breakfast show this weekend as I've had to have an unexpected medical procedure.

"All is well and I hope after some rest I'll be back in the hot seat next weekend." In her post's caption, Piper promised "I'll be back soon" and extended her gratitude to Good Morning Britain's Hawkins for "stepping in last minute".


Hawkins, in turn, sent her best to Piper, commenting: "Sending lots of love to you." TV personality Carol Vorderman also chimed in with support, stating: "Take care wonderful lady. You come first Telly is just telly. Sending huge love and respect xxx".

At the start of Saturday's programme, Hawkins announced: "Katie can't be here this morning but she has entrusted me to look after the show and to make sure you all at home still have your Saturday fix of fun and positivity." The episode featured appearances by Gladiators' Livi Sheldon, better known as Diamond, and comedian Sophie Duker.

After the acid attack at the age of 24, former model Piper has been candid about her journey dealing with the complications. She produced a Channel 4 documentary in 2009 titled Katie: My Beautiful Face.

Katie Piper on the red carpet at An Audience With Kylie
Katie Piper attending An Audience With Kylie at the Royal Albert Hall in central London. -Credit:PA Archive/PA Images

She was left partially sightless, with severe scarring to her face, chest, neck, arm and hands, after sulphuric acid was hurled in her face. A few months after the documentary aired, she established the Katie Piper Foundation to aid burns victims and has undergone more than 250 operations in the past decade.

The mum-of-two also hosted a podcast, Katie Piper's Extraordinary People, where she talked with inspiring individuals who transformed adversity into positivity, and is also a panellist on ITV's Loose Women.

In 2021, she was made OBE in the Queen's New Year Honours list for her services to charity and victims of burns and other disfigurement injuries.