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GMB: Kate Garraway to take break from ITV daytime show

Caring for Derek and spending time with their kids

Kate Garraway has announced plans to take a break from GMB to look after her husband Derek and spend more time with her children.

The GMB host, 53, confirmed on today’s (Friday, August 21) episode that she would be “taking a bit of time off”.

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Kate Garraway is taking time off from GMB (Credit: ITV)

What did Kate Garraway say about her break from GMB?

Speaking to her co-host Alex Beresford, Kate said she won’t be on the ITV daytime show all next week.

She revealed to viewers: “I’m actually not here next week. I’m taking a bit of time off, to help [my son] Billy get ready for secondary school, and my other children.

“And also Derek, look after things. I just want to say, thank you to all of you [viewers] for absolutely being brilliant since I’ve come back through troubling times.”

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The presenter won’t be on the show next week (Credit: ITV)

Kate went on to thank her fellow Good Morning Britain presenters, including pal Ben Shephard, for being like “family”.

She said: “And everyone here, you, Ben and all the people on-screen and off-screen. Everyone talks about ITV and television being a brutal business. But it’s not, it’s a family.”

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Agreeing, Alex told her: “You know we’ve all got your back on this show.”

Kate returned to presenting on Good Morning Britain in July, following her husband Derek Draper‘s battle with coronavirus and subsequent health issues, as he remains in hospital.

When she returned, Ben said he thought being back on would be good for her mental health.

I’m taking a bit of time off.

Speaking on the show in July, the Tipping Point host said: “She’s been incredibly resilient, incredibly strong and incredibly positive.

“For her own mental health, she needs to come back and get on with life.

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Kate’s husband Derek remains in hospital (Credit: SplashNews.com)

A ‘huge’ moment as Derek faces ‘challenges’

“To get her here back in the studio, back where she belongs with us to do this programme, I think it’s a huge and an important moment.”

Since coming back on the programme, Kate has given concerned viewers regular updates on Derek’s condition.

Read more: Kate Garraway received ‘abuse’ for ‘laughing and joking’ on GMB as husband Derek remains in hospital

Earlier this month, she said he had gone through a “worrying week”, facing “challenges with his food, challenges with his lungs, everything”.

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