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Kate Garraway, 53, revealed actor Dominic West, 50, has said sorry after he appeared on Good Morning Britain last week, explaining how he “jumped for joy” at President Donald Trump contracting potentially life threatening COVID-19. The TV star said that the actor did not know that her husband Derek Draper, 53, was still hospitalised following his battle with coronavirus earlier this year, when he made the comments.
He wasn’t aware
Dominic appeared on GMB last Friday and faced criticism after he admitted “jumping for joy” at news the US President was sick.
Discussing his comments today, Kate said: “I was surprised because I don’t think Dominic meant… well he’s been in touch directly with me, to apologise personally to me.
“He wasn’t aware that Derek had coronavirus and was still sick, and was worried that I had been upset by it.
“I wasn’t upset for those reasons, I was surprised because I went on to say afterwards, I’m sure you join us in wishing him [Trump] the very best.
“Personally, whatever your views may be. I don’t think he meant that… I think he’s not a Trump supporter.
“I think it’s a symptom of Donald Trump’s behaviour throughout this pandemic. He’s appeared to thumb his nose in it and he was jumping for joy at the idea he might now feel the effects of it. A reality check.
She added: “I don’t believe Dominic West would wish someone ill.”
Discussing Donald Trump’s messages throughout his treatment, Kate continued: “That plays into the idea… you get coronavirus, you survive, you’re a hero.
“You’re not, you’re very lucky, the heroes are the people treating you and helping you to survive.”
Kate went on to give an update on Derek’s current health as she described his current situation.
She said: “Derek, who has no longer tested positive for coronavirus, his children aren’t allowed to see him, his mum and dad haven’t seen him.”
Kate’s good friend and GMB colleague Piers Morgan labelled Dominic’s comments “unacceptable” over on his Twitter account.
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He typed: “You can have whatever view you like of Donald Trump, I’ve had very positive views of him and this year very negative views of him.
“A lot of people love him, a lot of people hate him.
“It doesn’t matter though, if a human being gets coronavirus, which we know has killed one million people, if a human being is in his 70s, has underlying weight issues and so on, therefore quite a lot of risk.
“Forget Trump’s behaviour, forget everything for the moment, as a human being, to say you jump for joy when someone gets coronavirus.
“To say it frankly, when you have a presenter on this show whose husband is still in a coma. I found that unacceptable,” he added.
Appearing on video link from his Wiltshire home, Dominic said of Trump’s illness: “Well I did slightly leap in the air with joy.
“I think the phrase is ‘what goes around comes around’. I just hope it doesn’t interfere with him being elected out of office that’s all.”
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.
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