Steph McGovern was temporarily replaced by Helen Skelton on Packed Lunch on Friday (January 8) after going into self-isolation.
At the beginning of the episode, former Blue Peter presenter Skelton explained to viewers that McGovern had tested negative for COVID-19, but still took time out of the show in accordance with government guidelines.
"Obviously, I am not Steph," Skelton told viewers. "She is fine but she's having to self-isolate. She's tested negative for coronavirus but she's following Government guidelines and she will be back very soon.
"We miss you Steph, I hope I do you proud."
Gesturing to a nearby TV screen, Skelton joked: "I’ll try not to break anything, but this is looking loose already."
While McGovern has tested negative and Skelton didn't explicitly confirm why she'd gone into self-isolation, current government guidelines state that an individual must self-isolate for 10 days if they have come into contact with someone who has tested positive for the virus.
Friday's episode of Packed Lunch featured Strictly Come Dancing 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 was launched last year during the first national lockdown when McGovern began presenting from home.
Steph's Packed Lunch airs weekdays at 12.30pm on Channel 4.
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