An emotional Robert Rinder praised Good Morning Britain co-host Kate Garraway as "sunshine in human form" on Tuesday 23 August's show amid her husband's ongoing health battle.
He was speaking after Kate, 55, was shortlisted in the National Television Awards 2022 for her latest documentary about her family life, as husband Derek Draper fights long-term complications since being hospitalised with Covid in 2020.
Former lobbyist Derek, 55, reportedly underwent an operation last week in the latest setback in his recovery, weeks after he was rushed to hospital back in July with a "severe sepsis" infection that left him fighting for his life.
Hosting GMB with his friend Kate for the first time, 44 year old Robert – best known as Judge Rinder – praised her for her "amazing" new documentary Caring For Derek.
He said: "I just want to say more than anything else, you model the possibility against the backdrop of darkness of being light in every sense.
"I also want to say, I'm gonna use language my grandmother [would use], I am kvelling, I am so proud of you today.
"Your amazing documentary Caring For Derek being shortlisted for a National Television Award, and to use the platform you have for change, for authenticity, just makes me proud to know you."
A visibly shocked Kate responded: "Oh my god, that's so lovely! I'm gonna cry myself!"
In response, Kate called Robert an "angel", writing that he "has privately been incredibly supportive in the darkest of times & it’s an absolute privilege to watch his brilliant mind and compassion in action on @GMB."
The journalist and presenter won the authored documentary category of the National Television Awards last year for Finding Derek, a programme about her family’s life after her Derek spent a year in hospital being treated for coronavirus.
She has been shortlisted in the same category this year for her follow-up documentary, as Derek continues to battle long-term effects since returning home.
Derek was reportedly back in hospital last week after a operation on his kidneys.
A source told The Sun: "Doctors explained there was no alternative but to operate.
"Of course Kate and the family are worried but she’s been reassured the procedure itself is routine."
That was after his sepsis infection in July set back weeks of progress that had been made in his recovery.
At the time of his sudden infection, Kate was informed his condition during a live phone call backstage at the GMB set.
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