Lorraine Kelly in tears as she signs-off from ITV show for summer break

Amy Johnson

Lorraine Kelly was overwhelmed with emotion as she signed off from her self-titled ITV show for the summer on Friday.

The presenter is due to take her summer break as usual and a send-off video of highlights of the lighter moments from the past few months prompted tears from Kelly, who reflected on how difficult it had been not to see loved ones over the past few months due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The video was comprised of clips including Matt Lucas singing Thank You Baked Potato, her TV companion Dr Hilary, and Boy George discussing his many hats.

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"Oh goodness me. What a time it has been. You know the toughest thing is that we can’t see who we love," the 60-year-old said through tears whilst clutching a tissue.

Lorraine Kelly attends the Good Morning Britain Health Star Awards at the Rosewood Hotel on April 24, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
Lorraine Kelly attends the Good Morning Britain Health Star Awards at the Rosewood Hotel on April 24, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)

Kelly was then offered words of comfort from the show fashion correspondent Mark Heyes.

She went on: "It has been great and thank you everyone for watching, my crew are amazing and my team are fantastic."

Sending a message out to viewers, Kelly continued: "Goodness me, I’m going to need a big lie down, But that’s it from me, I will be back very, very soon.

Lorraine Kelly attends the TRIC Awards 2020 at The Grosvenor House Hotel on March 10, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
Lorraine Kelly attends the TRIC Awards 2020 at The Grosvenor House Hotel on March 10, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)

"Be sensible, try and find some joy every day, and thanks again for watching, I appreciate it so much and I’ll see you again soon."

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As the mother-of-one breaks from the show, she will be replaced by Andi Peters for the first time and regular fill-in Christine Lampard.

It was only this week that the presenter returned to her own studio after months appearing from the Good Morning Britain studio after crews were reduced due to the pandemic.