Mark Tebbutt who usually hosts the BBC morning cookery show Saturday Kitchen was absent from the programme today.

The 48-year-old presenter was unable to be on the programme as he underwent surgery earlier this week.

As reported by Entertainment Daily, he was rushed to The Grange Hospital in Cwmbran, Wales on Tuesday, January 18 following health concerns.

Tebbutt had to have his appendix removed and was put on a morphone drip.

On Wednesday Tebbutt shared a post on his Instagram page updating people on his situation.

He wrote: "Me, a morphine drip and an emergency appendectomy are keeping me from a much anticipated lunch with @manteca_london @ollysmith @sarah10016 @hardiegrantuk... but everything and everyone here at The Grange hospital in Gwent have been fantastic.

"Couldn't ask for more from such a brilliant health service. So grateful."

Tebbutt seemed to be in good spirits yesterday, sharing some reading material he had been going through whilst in recovery.

He wrote: "Thanks @ollysmith for making me laugh out loud.. but perhaps not good for the stitches!

"I’ve also got @stanleytucci ‘s and @realbobmortimer ‘s books to keep me going.

"Hopefully be home soon 🤞Dont forget to watch @angelacooking tomorrow..."

Angela Harnett took over Tebbutt's hosting duties for today's programme of Saturday Kitchen, which had comedian Rob Brydon as a special guest.

Anna Haugh, Ravneet Gill and Olly Smith were also in the kitchen.