Colleagues pay tribute to Good Morning Britain host Kate Garraway as she returns to presenting duties

Kate Garraway and Ben Shephard on GMB
Kate Garraway has returned to GMB after more than three months away. Credit: ITV/Good Morning Britain

Kate Garraway's colleagues have paid tribute to her as she returned to her presenting role on Good Morning Britain for the first time since her husband Derek Draper fell seriously ill with coronavirus.

Mr Draper spent weeks in a coma after contracting Covid-19 in March.

As the show began on Monday morning, Garraway's presenting partner Ben Shephard said it was "fabulous" to have her back and he was starting the show "with a smile on my face" as a result.

Weather presenter Laura Tobin added it felt "so wonderful, it feels so right" to have the former I'm A Celebrity contestant back in the presenting chair.

While Political Editor Ranvir Singh said it was "lovely to hear your voice" as she presented from Westminster.

Garraway herself said she did initially want to speak about her return as she would get "emotional" and joked that she had done what she always did when worried about something - "put on fake tan, put very long fake eyelashes on and go blonder".

Derek Draper's doctor said he was 'as sick as anyone' he had seen in 35 years of medicine. Credit: PA

On Wednesday, Garraway appeared on GMB after more than 100 days away from the show to announce her return and give an update on her husband's condition.

The 53-year-old said Mr Draper was no longer in coma and that “wonderfully his eyes are opening but we have no real knowledge of what he can see and feel or hear".

Garraway said she was told by doctors six times that her husband "was not going to make it".

She also said doctors had told her they "don't know how much better" Mr Draper can get.

Updating colleagues on Wednesday, Garraway said: "It is a very desperate situation, it’s very difficult.

"Of course, there’s fantastic hope that he’s still alive.

"The doctors do keep saying it is a miracle he’s still alive.

"[A doctor who has been treating him] said: ‘He’s as sick as anyone I’ve ever seen in 35 years in medicine, never mind Covid’.

"So six times they said he’s not going to make it."