Kate Garraway considers quitting Good Morning Britain job to care for husband Derek Draper

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Kate Garraway has said she considered quitting Good Morning Britain to care for her husband Derek Draper following his coronavirus battle.

The 53 year old TV presenter’s husband has been in hospital for more than a year after he contracted Covid-19.

Derek, 53, was placed in an induced coma and has since beaten coronavirus, but has been left with a number of health issues including kidney failure, damage to his liver and pancreas as well as heart failure.

In a touching ITV documentary which will air tonight, Finding Derek, where Kate discusses Derek’s fight for his live and their future plans, Kate has revealed she is willing to give up her career to care for her husband.

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Speaking in the doc – which airs tonight, Tuesday 23 March, at 9pm on ITV – Kate, who also revealed she has converted her north London home for Derek’s return home, explained: “If I have to give up work to care for him it’s best to do it now. If he needs 24-hour care, I’ll be the primary carer.

“I’ve a fear of the reality. We’ll have to fall in love again a bit.”

As well as her role on GMB, Kate also hosts Smooth Radio every weekday between 10am and 1pm.

Kate later addressed her comments on Tuesday 23 March’s episode of Good Morning Britain.


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She said: “I don't think I ever really saw it as ever giving up work. I think what I saw it was: 'Right, I'm going to have to change my future' as anybody who is facing a longterm impacted illness is going to. And that's going to mean altering my life.

“The reality is that ITV and Global radio, everybody has been so supportive and kept me sane, not just because you're all amazing and supportive but people at home are supportive and it's a slice of life before.

“The truth is as much as I like to think I have all the answers sometimes, Derek doesn't need me, I'm not the person to care for him.“

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Kate, who recently said Derek has “no muscle left“, went on: “What Derek needs is specialist, professional, medical support ongoing because there is a good chance he can improve but we need to make sure that support is there now for that to happen.”

Meanwhile, her spokesman added to The Sun Online: “Kate will not be giving up her role on GMB, in fact, her job has been something of a lifeline and really kept her spirits up over this past year and she has no plans to change that.”

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV. Kate Garraway: Finding Derek airs Tuesday at 9pm on ITV and will be available to catch up on ITV Hub.

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