'You can't get rid of me Shephard' Kate Garraway hits out at suggestion she should QUIT TV


Kate, 53, spoke on Good Morning Britain as a guest on Tuesday in the lead up to her new documentary on ITV, Finding Derek. With her husband Derek, 53, still in the hospital a year after being admitted with coronavirus, the presenter addressed whether she would ever stand down from her role. However, she told hosts Ben Shephard, 46, and Susanna Reid, 50, that she will continue to be a face on morning television.

When asked by Ben if she would consider quitting, the broadcaster hit back: “You can’t get rid of me that easily.

“I’m not going anywhere, Shephard,” she remarked in a light-hearted tone before she went on to discuss the idea of taking her job more seriously.

“I don’t think I ever really saw it as giving up work. I saw it was, ‘Right, I’m going to have to rethink my future.’

“This is what anyone who is facing a long-term, impacted illness is going through and that’s going to mean altering my life.

“Actually, the reality is ITV and Global Radio, everyone has been so supportive and to be honest, being here has kept me sane.”

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“It’s a slice of normal and a slice of [life] before. Even though I think I have all of the answers, Derek doesn’t need me.

“What Derek needs is speciality medical support. They need expertise and I’m not an expert,” the mother-of-two explained.

In the hour-long documentary, Kate spoke to her son Billy, 11, about potentially stepping down from her role in the spotlight.

The presenter tells the youngster: “You know that we are hoping that Dad will get better and better.

“But when he comes home he will probably need to be in a wheelchair, so we are trying to make it so he can do all this.”

A second posted: “To be honest, I think the whole documentary is going to be tough to watch. Just incredible @kategarraway. So much love to you, Derek and your family. Everything crossed for his safe return.”

Whilst a third viewer remarked: “Kate’s an amazing, beautiful, strong Lady. Hope your life gets back to normal.”

“Kate what a truly inspirational lady you are. So strong and I can’t imagine how hard this is for you and your family,” a fourth commented.

They continued: “Sending love and prayers that Derek can come home soon. Will definitely be watching tonight and supporting you in any way I can!”

Taking to Instagram last week, the mother-of-two spoke about the one-year anniversary since the pandemic began and the UK was put into lockdown.

Promoting an interview she gave with The Sunday Times Magazine, the presenter wrote: “Hello everyone – as we pass the one-year milestone since Covid-19 changed the world forever, I wanted to get closer to finding out how and why it had made such a devastating impact to Derek’s life and how we as a family, move forward in this new world.”

The picture posted features a quote from the conversation, with Kate saying: “I don’t know if [Derek] will have any kind of life again.”

In response to the post, one fan wrote: “Oh Kate. My heart goes out to you and your family. Your bravery is genuinely inspiring.”

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.



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