Ruth Langsford has pulled out of presenting Friday’s This Morning after falling ill.
Her husband and co-presenter Eamonn Holmes reassured viewers she was not suffering “a fever or a dry cough” – symptoms of coronavirus.
Rochelle Humes, who regularly guest hosts the ITV programme, was drafted in as a replacement.
Holmes broke the news on Twitter ahead of the show, saying his wife was “a bit under the weather”.
Sharing a photo of Humes, he said: “In 4 Ruth today. The Bad news is @RuthieeL is a bit under the weather.
“The good news is Rochelle is not. So we r together from 10am on @Itv. Hope u can join us.”
We have a packed show for you today! @niallofficial chats to @alisonhammond, @keviclifton will be here and we will, of course, be bringing you the latest coronavirus news. See you at 10! 👋 #ThisMorning pic.twitter.com/yjHExL8CL0— This Morning (@thismorning) March 13, 2020
During the ITV broadcast, Holmes told viewers: “The sharp eyes amongst you may have realised Ruth is not here … she’s under the counter.
“No, she’s a wee bit under the weather so basically she’s at home watching us.”
Later on in the show he responded to viewers’ concerns, saying: “I should point out Mrs Holmes does not have a fever or a dry cough.”
Langsford’s no-show came as sporting events, festivals and music tours were cancelled and postponed due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.