PIERS Morgan missed a second episode of Good Morning Britain today while battling a disease at home – but was tested negative for coronavirus.
The 55-year-old star revealed this weekend that he was undergoing a COVID-19 test on the advice of his doctor after suffering from mild symptoms.
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Last night his fans were relieved when the test came back negative – but he still didn’t return to our screens this morning.
Instead, Ben Shephard stepped in to present the show alongside Piers’ usual co-host Susanna Reid.
Susanna shared Piers’ health update with viewers at the start of breakfast, Dr. Hilary Jones also adding relief saying the star would be “back before we know it.”
Ben joked that he couldn’t wait for Piers to stop filling him up, joking that he was adding “more and more makeup to try to hide the bags” from the start.
Piers said to fans last night, “UPDATE: My COVID-19 test was negative.
“My doctor advised me to take the test after developing possible symptoms of coronavirus, and I was authorized to do so as a government-appointed essential worker.
“I will be back on @GMB as soon as my doctor tells me that I agree to return to work. “
Lord Alan Sugar had previously resumed his quarrel with the GMB presenter wondering why he had been able to pass a test so quickly.
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The star of the Apprentice, 73, said: ” How? ‘Or’ What @piersmorgan take a test when so many frontline workers are unable.
“He would sing from the roof if he was another celebrity. “
Piers is eligible for access to a coronavirus test because his role as a journalist makes him a key worker – but it is unknown if he had one through the NHS or paid to be tested in private.
The coronavirus was officially considered a global pandemic in March and has claimed the lives of more than 28,000 people so far.
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