Kate went on to pay tribute to her GMB “family”, adding: “One of the nice things is that everybody talks about ITV and television being a brutal business – but it’s not.
“It’s a proper family. You’ve all been amazing.”
GMB’s weatherman turned host, Alex Beresford, replied: “You know we all love you and we all have your back on this show.”
Kate’s other half, former political advisor Derek, has now woken from his coma, but he remains with limited consciousness in hospital.
Derek is still unable to speak and doctors have warned Kate he may not recover, but there are signs he is able to hear.