Lorraine Kelly issues apology for on-air coughing fit after sparking health concerns

Lorraine Kelly issues apology for on-air coughing fit after sparking health concerns

November 15, 2021

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Lorraine Kelly, 61, has said sorry after she appeared to gasp for air while she was on her show this morning interviewing Heather Peace, 46. The TV host struggled through coughing and choking during her chat with the EastEnders actor leaving viewers concerned.

Heather was joining Lorraine on her self-titled show at the beginning of the week – speaking to the host live from Albert Square ahead of a busy day of filming.

But her interview went awry as Lorraine started coughing, spluttering, and choking while trying to get her line of questions out.

Struggling to get words out, Lorraine told Heather: “It won’t be… It won’t be quite as bad. Sorry, I’ve got a cough.”

She then panicked and added: “It’s not Covid! It’s not Covid. I did a test this morning. It’s not, honestly.”

She then continued to cough and struggled to finish her questions.

Reviewing her guest’s career, Lorraine went on: “I remember you in London’s Burning, which was fantastic. Lip Service where you were every girl’s crush.”

Lorraine continued to sound choked up as she complimented Heather’s youthful complexion.

Viewers watching felt for the Scottish star – and the anxiety a cough can cause during the ongoing pandemic.

One fan wrote on Twitter: “Lorraine coughing on her show having a panic attack – ‘It’s not Covid! It’s not Covid!’ It seems to be a line we all say now when we clear our throats!”

Following their interview, actress and musician Heather typed: “Thank you for having me on the show this morning. It was lovely to chat with you. Next time, hopefully, it’s face to face.”

In response, Lorraine wrote back: “Sorry for the coughing fit! Great to see you again and can’t wait to hear the new album xxxx.”

Lorraine’s past couple of shows have been hit with problems that were out of the star’s control.

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On Friday, the presenter was left blushing when a button from her floral dress unexpectedly burst off while she was in the middle of interviewing The Wanted.

Lorraine gasped: “I’m so sorry, my top button popped with excitement!”

The wardrobe malfunction moment prompted The Wanted’s Jay McGuinness to quip: “That was directly in my line of vision too.”

Lorraine added: “I’m so sorry about that. You boys don’t need that in the morning!”

Getting flustered, Lorraine then said to the group of five: “I’m so sorry. Thank you both – all of you… what am I saying?!”

The chaos continued as she cut to fashion expert Mark for a segment, she said: “I’m going to go and get this pinned up to make sure nothing else happens!”

“I’m chuckling over at Westfield [shopping centre],” he laughed. 

“Is your button OK? Do you need to get it sorted?” – with Lorraine, while clutching her top, replying: “Yes, it’s fine.”

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