Ahead of the re-launch of troubled ITV breakfast show Daybreak on Monday, long serving presenter Kate Garraway has been talking to the Daily Mirror about her own role on the show, and why she has no sour grapes at being overlooked for the coveted lead presenter role.
As you’re probably aware, Aled Jones and Lorraine Kelly will be taking the helm on Monday, even though Kate has been with the show for over a decade.
However, Kate will be covering for Lorraine on the famous sofa on Friday mornings, and whenever Lorraine takes time off.
Kate began the interview with the paper saying, “People say ‘you are always the bridesmaid but never the bride…’
“I have to remind [them] that bridesmaids do have a pretty good time at the wedding, and it’s not a bad gig!
“It’s well paid, I interview great people and have a good time.”
Kate added, “Lorraine has always been the Queen of the Sofa so it’s not like a battle between two people who haven’t been on screen before.
“Do I salute Lorraine Kelly and doff my cap to her? Yes, oh my God, I do. But that happened the very first day I walked in and met her.
“If I am going to be number two to anyone then I can’t think of anyone I’d rather be number two to.
“Lorraine’s been on breakfast TV for 25 years. She was on TV when I was at university, then Fiona (Phillips) came along and then Emma (Crosby) and then Christine.
“TV changes and line-ups change…
“There has always been talk of sofa wars. When I first started you would think that Penny Smith and I were having mud wrestles every day.
“When I started it was Eamonn (Holmes) and Fiona, and Andrew (Castle) and I, then me and Ben (Shephard) and Andrew and Emma.
“People see it in terms of top job and stand-in but when you are there it doesn’t feel like that.
“I feel quite lucky to still be there, I’m 45 for God’s sake.”
Of the show’s re-brand, Kate said, “The new Daybreak feels a lot like the old GMTV in terms of the things we are doing.”
Will you be tuning in now Lorraine and Aled are taking the reins?