GMB plays the special friendship of Ben Shephard and Kate Garraway

Kate Garraway and Ben Shephard are best known for hosting GMBs together – but how long have they been friends?

The TV duo have always been open to their special solidarity in the past, having worked together for several years.

Here is everything you need to know about their longstanding friendship.

Kate Garraway and Ben Shephard have been friends for years (Credit: ITV)

How long have Kate Garraway and Ben Shephard been friends?

The moderators have been close friends for over 20 years.

The couple first met when they presented the GMTV breakfast show.

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They have been working together as anchors since 2003 and have hosted GMB together since its launch in 2014.

At the beginning of last year, the two celebrated two decades of friendship in a special segment about loose women.

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Kate and Ben have known each other for two decades (Credit:

During the performance, Kate, 53, and Ben, 46, revealed that they had known each other longer than they were married.

Opening up her early years, Ben said, “I started working on a show called Entertainment Today in 2000.

The magic about Kate is that she is so authentic

“It was when Kate started working on GMTV. We started working together on the sofa around 2004. “

He also added, “What makes Kate special is that she is brilliant at what she does. But the magic about Kate is that she is so authentic. “

The moderators are best known for working with GMB (Credit: ITV).

When did the moderators come to GMTV?

Prior to GMB, Kate and Ben were known for their roles on GMTV.

Kate took part in the breakfast program in September 2000 and presented herself with Andrew Castle every Friday.

The mother of two later took on the duties with Fiona Phillips and Emma Crosby.

That same year, Ben also joined the show.

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Ben and Kate with their GMB co-stars (Credit:

After Eamonn Holmes’ departure in 2005, the star became the main anchor.

When GMTV restarted in January 2009, Kate and Ben began showing together on Monday, Tuesday and, alternately, Wednesdays.

What did Kate and Ben say about each other?

Over the past few months, Ben has been very supportive of Kate.

The father of two has stayed with his girlfriend while her husband Derek Draper stays in hospital after battling COVID.

The couple previously worked together on GMTV (Credit: YouTube)

Last year, Kate revealed how her buddy had helped her through the challenging months.

Speak with OK! magazineShe said, “It was phenomenal. Ben has had so much to do for me for 20 years, but this year was a different level.

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“He was on the end of the phone trying to do everything possible to help. To take it seriously for a minute, it was a tremendous pressure on him.

“Work with someone you care and worry about, and try to get the job done too. It’s a big deal and I am very grateful that he was there and I am aware of how difficult it was for him. He was amazing. “

In the meantime, Ben has praised Kate for her courage over the “really terrible circumstances”.

Speaking to fans on Instagram, he said, “She’s just amazing and it’s testament to what an incredible person she is when she speaks with such eloquence, honesty and assertiveness in the face of truly dire circumstances for her and her family.

“I know the difference the messages you send make and you are a great source of strength and support for their Billy and Darcey right now.”

However, Ben previously revealed that Kate’s most annoying quality is “never letting him finish a sentence.”

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