Kate Garraway returns to GMB after ‘calamitous’ Christmas without Derek Draper

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Kate Garraway has returned to Good Morning Britain to host alongside Ben Shephard after her "calamitous" Christmas break.

Her husband, Derek Draper, is still in hospital after a horrific coronavirus battle left him recovering from a medically-induced coma.

Ben said: "Welcome back, Kate!"

Kate replied: "Happy new year, can we still say that at this stage? It's the first time we've seen you, isn't it?"

Ben added: "We are going to catch up with what Kate and I got up to over Christmas , I know a lot of you are interested to see how Kate and the family were, as am I."

But, he added, it was more pressing that they discuss the US capitol riots first.

Kate Garraway has returned to Good Morning Britain

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Kate had shared her hope that she could form a bubble with her husband Derek Draper for Christmas, but she admitted that she was unsure if it was possible.

Derek has been in hospital since March 2020 after getting coronavirus, and it has wreaked havoc on his body, leaving him with diabetes and holes in his lungs and heart.

It is unclear if Derek was able to be in a bubble with Kate and their children Darcey, 13, and 11-year-old Billy.

Not only did Kate have to get through Christmas without Derek, who remained in hospital, she also had a disaster at home.

Kate hosted alongside Ben for her first show since Christmas

She revealed her house flooded during the festive season, threatening to ruin the big day even more.

Sharing a snap of her Christmas tree on New Year's Eve, Kate thanked the people who came to her rescue.

She penned: "Well here we are folks – #newyearseve – the last day of a year few will be sorry to see the back of.

Kate's husband Derek has been recovering from coronavirus since March 2020
(Image: Tim Merry ©)

"Have been quiet for a while – getting through Christmas has been a challenge hasn't it with all the emotions it stirs in our strange world & no where really to put them – except in hope.

"@emmawillisofficial & @marksandspencer who made sure we had #gorgeousfood for our  Christmas dinner  when I couldn't get a delivery slot anywhere & the guys from @britishgas who spent hours on the phone helping me to get a fridge & freezer to put the food in .

"The guys from @skyhelp who talked me through getting our WiFi & tv working on Xmas eve.

"Your kindness & spirit is overwhelming . And all @itv & @global for their constant support.

"Sending love & virtual hugs to all of you who have sent messages – spreading the love is what will give us all a truly happy new year."

* Good Morning Britain airs weekdays on ITV at 6am

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