This Morning: Holly tells Gok Wan to 'get out the kitchen'
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TV star Gok Wan was due to receive an MBE for services to fashion and social awareness today, but was too ill to attend the ceremony. The presenter, who is regularly seen on ITV’s This Morning among other TV shows, has now rescheduled the ceremony.
Gok was expected to receive the prestigious accolade from the Queen’s daughter, Princess Anne, 71.
However, the 47-year-old has a chest infection, a spokesperson for the star confirmed.
In a Twitter update this morning, the presenter said he wasn’t feeling himself.
The How to Look Good Naked star was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2020 New Year Honours list.
A spokesperson for Gok told the PA News agency that he was “devastated” to miss the ceremony.
They also confirmed that it wasn’t a Covid-related illness.
“He’s got a chest infection,” the spokeswoman said.
“He didn’t want to share his germs so he’s rescheduled it. The only reason is he didn’t feel 100 per cent.
“He kept testing for Covid, he doesn’t have Covid but didn’t want to share his germs.”
In the early hours of this morning, Gok told fans, via Twitter, that he was wide awake after falling asleep on the sofa.
At 3.43am, he tweeted: “Wide awake (cos I passed out on the sofa at 9.50pm)… so I’m ordering Christmas decorations for my Panto dressing room.
“Anyone else feeling a little topsy turvy? Just me? Ok…” he added, in view of his 1.5 million followers.
The TV star was then inundated with messages from people who were also in the wide awake club.
When the news of his MBE was announced in December 2019, Gok said he was “excited and humbled” to be recognised.
He took to Instagram to share his delight and thanked those who had supported him over the years.
“I cannot begin to express how happy, excited and humbled I am to have my career and personal work awarded with the highest of accolades,” he wrote on the picture-sharing site.
“I have too many personal thank yous for a single post so here’s a big group THANK YOU to everyone who has ever helped, guided or trusted me.
“I am overjoyed and I hope that everyone gets to feel as happy as I feel right now,” he added.
Gok was due to attend the investiture alongside Grand National-winning jockey Bob Champion.
The 73-year-old has been made a CBE in recognition of his charitable services to prostate and testicular cancer research.
FA women’s football chief, Sue Campbell, Baroness of Loughborough, is also set to receive a damehood.
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