Kate Garraway returns to GMB after being told husband Derek Draper might never recover from coronavirus

Kate Garraway has returned to Good Morning Britain as her husband Derek Draper remains in hospital after three-month battle with coronavirus.

By Matthew Calderbank
Monday, 13th July 2020, 9:21 am
Updated Monday, 13th July 2020, 10:57 am

The 53-year-old presenter had been away from our screens for three months but has made her return to the ITV breakfast show this morning (July 13).

Last week, in an emotional appearance 100 days since Draper was admitted to hospital, Garraway told the ITV programme that doctors “don’t know how much better” he can get and “he sort of can’t wake up”.

But on her return to the studio this morning, she told her fellow presenters: “Don’t be too nice because I’ll get emotional. Just go back to being rude!”

Ben Shephard welcomed his co-star back to the studio, saying: "It’s lovely having you back, back to work. First day back in quite a while”, adding, "Nothing has gone wrong yet".

But she said: “Quite a lot has gone wrong this morning already. The car to pick me up didn’t show up” and her computer installed a two-hour update when she got in.

“Two hours getting in early was utterly wasted!” she added.

Garraway said she had done what she always does in a “crisis” – “put on fake tan, put very long fake eyelashes on and go blonder”.

Kate Garraway with husband Derek Draper, who remains mostly unresponsive in hospital after a three-month battle with coronavirus. Pic: Time Ireland/PA Wire

Last week, she said she was told six times that Draper was not "going to make it".

And she said: “Wonderfully his eyes are opening but we have no real knowledge of what he can see and feel and hear.”

She said at the time: “It’s great that there are some flickers of hope. His lungs are starting to recover a little bit, his kidneys are doing better, his liver is doing better, but they don’t know how much better it can get.”

Derek, 52, attended Southlands High School in Chorley, where he graduated in 1984, before studying at Runshaw College in Leyland.