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Susanna Reid returned to the Good Morning Britain studio on Friday, after cutting her own holiday short to allow co-star Kate Garraway to get away with her children.
The brunette beauty stunned in a pillar box red frock as she joined Richard Bacon on the show, marking her official return full-time after her summer break.
Kate had said that she only had a small window of time to take her first holiday since Derek had fallen in with coronavirus in March 2020.
She’s back! Susanna Reid, 50, returned to the Good Morning Britain studio on Friday, after cutting her own holiday short to allow Kate Garraway to get away with her children
Kate praised Susanna on Thursday after the presenter revealed she would be returning to Good Morning Britain early so her colleague can go on her first holiday since her husband Derek Draper’s recovery from Covid.
The presenter revealed on Thursday’s episode of the show that her co-host would be taking over for a day on Friday – so that she could go on the ’emotional’ break with her children: William, 12, and Darcey, 15.
The presenter was also left red-faced as she confessed that she had to make a mad dash to the studio that morning after she accidentally overslept by two hours.
Kate explained to co-host Richard Bacon: ‘Derek’s family are descending to take care of Derek while I take the kids away. I want to say a massive thank you to Susanna, she has been very kind.’
‘The three of us are quite emotional about going away without him’: Kate is going away to rest with her children, William, 12, and Darcey, 15, while Derek is cared for by family and nurses (Kate is pictured on Thursday)
Explaining the difficult logistics of the plan, Kate continued: ‘I had a very tight window where I could get everybody to come and look after Derek.
‘Obviously he’ll have nurses as well, but I also needed friends to help us because I think the three of us are quite emotional about going away without him.
Of going away without her husband, Kate added: ‘We wondered whether that would be too strange to do,
Gorgeous: The brunette beauty stunned in a pillar box red frock as she joined Richard Bacon on the show, marking her official return full-time after her summer break
‘It feels like a bit of a moment. In fact my son Billy is concerned. It feels strange to do it, but we need to do it so we can have a few days and come back refreshed.’
‘We had a very tight window and nobody from GMB was available,’ Kate explained.
‘So, Susanna is coming off her holiday to come back for one day only to present the show tomorrow to allow me to go on holiday,’ she added gratefully.
During the show, Kate also made the hilarious confession that she had to dash into the studio to present the show on time, after accidentally oversleeping by two hours.
Happy days: The co-hosts were clearly enjoying each others’ company as the show began
She told Richard: ‘I overslept dramatically by two hours. I normally set my alarm for 2.45am because I like to come in, have a cup of tea and settle in.
‘But I got in the car at about 4.40am. There are a lot of nervous producers around this morning.’
Kate did not clarify why she accidentally overslept that morning, but did reassure viewers that made it to the studio on time, and was on air alongside Richard when the programme began at 6am.
This is not the first time Kate’s alarm failed her, as back in December 2019 Ranvir Singh was forced to step in at the last minute when the broadcaster missed a show for the first time in 20 years because she overslept.
‘It feels like a bit of a moment’: This will be the first time Kate and her children have been away without Derek since he began his battle with coronavirus in March 2020 (pictured with his children in 2019 on Good Morning Britain)
Appearing on the show via a video call, the visibly stressed star said: ‘Listen, I’m going to get fired! I can’t believe I’ve done this!’
‘I’ve still got my hair blow dried, all my make-up on from last night. William’s off school at the moment, he’s not very well so I was lying next to him and I fell asleep.
‘I’ve still got my shoes on. I fell asleep and next thing I know it’s 20 minutes ago. I’ve never done this in 20 years.’
‘This is my first show back, I don’t know what I’m going to do! ‘I can’t believe I slept from 6pm all the way until now.
‘I’ve got six alarm clocks and didn’t set any of them. Oh God, I’m so sorry, please don’t fire me!’
Journey: The virus wreaked havoc throughout his entire body, resulting in kidney failure, liver and pancreatic damage (Derek is pictured in hospital)
Kate, who finished fourth in the Australian jungle, was seen wearing last night’s clothes and had yesterday’s make-up smeared over her face.
Kate’s husband Derek was released from the hospital in March this year after being first diagnosed in March 2020.
The virus wreaked havoc throughout his entire body, resulting in kidney failure, liver and pancreatic damage.
On more than one occasion his heart stopped beating, he battled bacterial pneumonia and fought multiple infections which punctured holes in his lungs.
He is considered to be the longest surviving Covid-19 patient in the country. The former lobbyist continues to recover from the illness at their London home.
Heartbreaking: Derek is considered to be the longest surviving Covid-19 patient in the country. The former lobbyist continues to recover from the illness at their London home (pictured with Kate in 2019)