Ben Shephard 'loved' having Kate Garraway back on 'GMB'

Julia Hunt
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Ben Shephard and Kate Garraway attend the Good Morning Britain 1 Million Minutes Awards at Television Centre in London (James Warren / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
Ben Shephard and Kate Garraway attend the Good Morning Britain 1 Million Minutes Awards at Television Centre in London (James Warren / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)

Ben Shephard has posted a sweet tribute to his Good Morning Britain colleague Kate Garraway, after announcing he is taking a break from the show.

The presenters were apart for some time this year as Garraway took time off when her husband Derek Draper fell ill with the coronavirus.

They were reunited in June, and Shephard – who is now taking a break to film quiz show Tipping Pointsaid it had been wonderful to be working with his pal again.

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Sharing a backstage picture of the pair together, he wrote: “Ahh there’s nothing quite like working with @kategarraway.”

“Have loved having her back in the studio - although still not sure about her ‘a warm Shephard oozing all over you’ comment,” he added, poking fun at something Garraway said when she was shown a blanket covered in images of Shephard and wrapped herself in it.

Shephard’s message also set the record straight about his upcoming break, as he assured fans he would definitely be back on GMB later this year.

“Thank you for all your messages, despite Kate trying to get us both sacked and a few very random online reports - I’m not leaving @gmb (sorry!) just off to catch up with series 11 of @itvtippingpoint which was put on hold because of Covid,” he explained.

File photo dated 10/01/08 of Kate Garraway and her husband Derek Draper, she says doctors "don't know how much better" her husband can get and "he sort of can't wake-up".
Kate Garraway and her husband Derek Draper (PA)

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“Anyway will be back with Kate in the GMB studio in September for more of the same!!”

Draper fell ill four months ago and Garraway took weeks off while he battled the virus, returning to her role in June.

Her husband remains in hospital, where he had been put into an induced coma.

Sharing an update last month, Garraway said Draper was now in a “minimal state of consciousness”.