Good Morning Britain host Adil Ray has called co-presenter Kate Garraway “a real inspiration”.
Kate returned to her hosting duties over the summer, when Adil was covering for Piers Morgan, who was on his summer holidays.
Now he’s opened up about life behind the scenes for Kate, whose beloved husband Derek Draper is still in hospital battling complications from coronavirus.
Speaking exclusively to Entertainment Daily, Adil revealed he’d “loved” his time hosting the show this summer.
Working with Kate Garraway
When asked about the best part, working with Kate naturally featured among his highlights.
“Even at a time like this, when the nation faces real worry and concern, there’s always time for some lightness and human stories,” he told us.
“And even with Kate, with whatever Kate is going through at the moment, she is just a real inspiration. She set the tone by having fun as well.
“It was so important that at times of despair and pain for some people that you do have to find moments of joy and I think that encapsulates what Good Morning Britain is all about,” he said.
Speaking about Kate’s return to the show, Adil branded the move a “brilliant decision”.
“It’s obviously incredibly incredibly difficult for her, but what a brilliant decision for her to carry on like that. It was important for her, important for Derek and the children, that she remained strong and focused.
“I think it gave her something to focus on and it was great.”
The “same Kate” we know and love
And, behind the scenes, she was still the same Kate that we know and love, despite her obvious heartbreak, Adil said.
“Honestly, it’s just the same Kate. We know obviously what she’s going through but the way she is both off and on camera, she’s still very light hearted, still having lots of fun, still very professional.
“It felt like a real privilege to be with her and my thoughts are always with her,” he added.
“It’s a very difficult unimaginable situation that Kate’s going through, like many other families too, which is heartbreaking really.”
Kate had previously revealed that she received “abuse” for laughing on the show while Derek remains in hospital.
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