Steph McGovern was replaced during a packed lunch as she self-isolates

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Steph McGovern has been temporarily replaced by Helen Skelton on Packed lunch Friday (January 8) after isolating himself.

At the start of the episode, the old Blue stone Presenter Skelton explained to viewers that McGovern had tested negative for COVID-19, but still took time off the show as per government guidelines.

“Obviously I’m not Steph,” Skelton told viewers. “She is fine but she has to isolate herself. She has tested negative for the coronavirus but is following government guidelines and will be back very soon.

“We miss you Steph, I hope you are proud. “

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Gesturing to a nearby TV screen, Skelton joked, “I’ll try not to break anything, but it already looks loose. “

While McGovern has tested negative and Skelton has not explicitly confirmed why she isolated herself, current government guidelines state that a person must self-isolate for 10 days if they have come into contact with a person. who tested positive for the virus.

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Friday’s episode of Packed lunch Featured Come strictly dance winner Bill Bailey and his professional dance partner Oti Mabuse, as well as Spitting image star Luke Kempner and former Home Secretary Alan Johnson.

The Channel 4 show premiered last year during the first nationwide lockdown when McGovern began presenting from home.

Steph’s Lunch Box broadcast weekdays at 12:30 p.m. on Channel 4.


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