Kate Garraway says she ‘always been a number two’
Kate Garraway, 53, has shared that despite being “always being number two” during her broadcasting career, it has “never” made any real difference to her, as she is still able to do “what she loves”.The star has worked on breakfast TV for over 30 years, appearing on GMTV, Daybreak and now Good Morning Britain.
However, she says that despite never having her “name above a billboard” she has always been content with her career.
Opening up on the 5 Years Time podcast, Kate said: “I’ve never had my name above the billboard on breakfast television, there have always been other presenters who are bigger than me.
“Whether it be Eamonn [Holmes] and Fiona [Phillips], Christine [Lampard] and Adrian [Chiles] on Daybreak, or Piers [Morgan] and Susanna [Reid].
“I have always kind of been number two, but actually I really like it because it doesn’t make any difference actually.”
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The 53-year-old explained that the viewers don’t notice who is leading a show, and she enjoys working alongside her peers.
She continued: “It doesn’t make any difference because you still get to do what you love, and actually viewers don’t know about all of that.
“What I have learnt is, I like being part of a team. I don’t know that I would like to be a sole operator, but if they want to give me a chat show that is great,” she joked.
Kate started out in television back in 1989 when she began working on the South edition of ITV News.
She then went on to join Sunrise on Sky News with Martin Stanford, before becoming a household name on GMTV with Eamonn and Fiona.
The star then became an entertainment editor on Daybreak, before taking over as the main host from Christine Lampard on an interim basis.
From 2014 onwards she has appeared on Good Morning Britain with Piers and Susanna as an interim main presenter.
She also appeared in the fifth series of Strictly Come Dancing alongside dance pro Anton Du Beke.
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Since last year, her husband Derek Draper, 53, has remained in hospital after contracting coronavirus.
She shared that she is unsure if her will now ever make a full recovery, but remains hopeful.
Kate explained: “It’s been really tough for us. Derek got really sick at the beginning of March…
“Even though we’re hoping he can recover, it’s taking a very, very long time.
“We don’t know how much he can recover. So that’s impacted on us obviously dramatically. So, it’s been really difficult.”
Revealing that she has a more positive outlook this year, she added: ‘Everybody is hoping 2021 will bring just a bit of hope and relief.
“The vaccine is here now, so everybody is hoping that will help Covid, I think, and help us regain some normality.”
Kate also noted that returning to work has been a welcome distraction amid her personal crisis.
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