Where is Kym Marsh from Morning Live? Why presenter is absent from BBC show - and who is replacing her

The former Corrie actress hasn’t been on the show since 28 June, co-presenter Gethin Jones confirmed she won’t be back until mid July

Kym has been absent from the show since late June, the BBC said she had been unwell (Picture: Getty Images)
Kym has been absent from the show since late June, the BBC said she had been unwell (Picture: Getty Images)

BBC’s post-breakfast morning show, Morning LIVE, has been missing one half of its presenting team for the past few weeks - as Kym Marsh has not been on the show.

Marsh, who played Michelle Connor on ITV’s Coronation Street, usually hosts the 9.15am show with Gethin Jones.

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Marsh ordinarily present Morning LIVE with co-host Gethin Jones (Picture: BBC)

However, she has been absent from the show since 28 June and fans have taken to Twitter to question why she’s not been presenting.

Here is what we know about where she is, and who is replacing her.

Why is Kym Marsh not on Morning LIVE?

Marsh has been absent from the show for a few weeks, with various reasons for not appearing by Gethin Jones’ side.

Kym revealed to OK magazine that her dad's cancer has spread (Picture: Instagram/Kym Marsh)

This morning (12 July) she confirmed her son has Covid, so she is now self-isolating.

She appeared on the show from her home, which she said she travels back to on the weekends to spend time with her family.

Marsh told viewers: “Yeah, so I wasn’t well last week, I think you already mentioned that,’ Kym said, adding: ‘I’d had a bad cold, and had two PCR tests both negative, but still was kind of coughing all over the place.

“I travelled home as always on the weekend, to be with my family, with my kids, and then over the weekend my son has tested positive for Covid. So not great.”

It comes after OK magazine reported in early July that she had not been back on the show since she received the devastating news that her father, Dave, has become increasingly unwell while battling prostate cancer.

It reports that Dave’s cancer has spread to his bones, the cancer is also incurable.

Marsh was previously absent from the show following surgery to have a hernia removed in January. She was absent for related reasons again at the end of March.

At the time, she said: “I’m on medication for a hiatus hernia, which means part of my stomach is protruding into my oesophagus.

“It gives me heartburn, so I take medication called lansoprazole...I’m suffering from a hernia and it’s causing me pain."

Who will replace her on the show?

While Kym is not expected to be off for any great length of time, her replacement for the time being is Strictly Come Dancing’s Janette Manrara.

She joined Gethin on Morning LIVE from 5 July and will remain as Marsh’s replacement until she returns.

Manrara is best known as a professional dancer on the BBC celebrity dancing show.

It was announced last month that she will now take over presenting it’s spin-off, Strictly: It Takes Two, as Zoe Ball stepped down from presenting duties.

When is Morning LIVE on TV?

The weekday topical chat show airs Monday to Friday at 9.15am on BBC One.

You can catch up on all the latest episodes on BBC iPlayer.