Kate Garraway’s GMB co-host Ben Shephard worries she’ll suffer ‘a huge crash’ amid husband Derek Draper’s hospital stay
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Kate Garraway's Good Morning Britain co-star Ben Shephard has candidly revealed he fears she will suffer "a huge crash" emotionally.
The 46 year old made the confession during Kate's documentary, Finding Derek, which followed her and her family through the year that her husband, Derek Draper, has been in hospital with complications due to coronavirus.
Derek, 53, was first hospitalised in March 2020, with Kate, also 53, admitting during the emotional documentary that he could remain in hospital until December 2021.
She was seen returning to work on the hit ITV breakfast show during the programme, where she reunited with close friend Ben.
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Ben proudly said of his pal: "Kate is brilliant at sharing what she is going through, she has always been really aware that people could very easily think she's looking for sympathy, that she's looking for support, she's not at all.
"It's not just her going through this. But if her voice can represent some of those families that can't be heard like she can be heard, hopefully it can make a huge difference down the line.
"It's testament to who she is, her strength of character, positivity, her brilliance she has got this far and managed it so well."
However, discussing his fears for Kate's future, he continued: "I just keep thinking at some point there's going to be a huge crash, that at some point, maybe, hopefully… we have a big move in how Derek is with his recovery or Derek comes home.
"It's going to hit her, what she has been through," he continued to tell viewers of the one-off show.
Ben took to Twitter after the airing of the documentary as he revealed his pride of his co-worker.
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He wrote to his 773,000 followers: "So proud of my friend @kategarraway she continues to surprise, delight, occasionally infuriate but always inspire me.
"Thinking of Kate, her family and anyone who is battling Covid or has lost someone close to them to the virus. #FindingDerek."
Ben's comments come after he was chosen to replace Piers Morgan on Good Morning Britain, with ITV picking him as "the safest option".
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A source told Mail on Sunday: "ITV and GMB bosses were totally unprepared for Piers going… Nobody had a back-up plan.
"Ben, who is adored by the staff and much of the audience, stepped in and the thought is now that he will work long term…"
The publication added that Ben is seen as the "safest option" as he's the "consummate professional".
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