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Tom's wife of 59 years Linda Trenchard died in 2016 after being diagnosed with lung cancer.
The presenters were mortified to have fallen for the Bake Off host's story about the hit BBC police drama.
The Good Morning Britain presenter's husband is still in intensive care after being admitted to hospital with Covid last March.
Some had questioned whether the Downton Abbey star had enabled a filter function on Zoom.
"I think what you do is such an integral part of most people’s lives. So thank you, really," Priyanka told the comedian.
The presenter regaled The One Show viewers with the story in typical Claudia fashion.
The BBC presenter remembered the researcher as being "hugely talented and such good company".
"To be fair, it's hot in our house," the Top Gear star joked on Twitter.
"There is a Kermit imposter on The One Show," one fan tweeted.
The presenter is about to go on a two-week break to spend time with her mother, who she hasn't seen in four months.