GMB's Kate Garraway in tears after emotional encounter with fan over National Television Awards

By Megan Nisbet

Kate Garraway was tearful on Thursday's instalment of Good Morning Britain as she detailed an encounter with a fan that led to her doing a u-turn over the National Television Awards.

The NTAs take place tonight [September 9] and Kate's ITV film Finding Derek, which looks at her family's struggle as husband Derek Draper battled with Covid-19, is nominated for the Authored Documentary.

Kate spoke candidly about the nomination on GMB with co-hosts Martin Lewis and Susanna Reid and admitted it "feels wrong" to ask people to vote "because it's such a difficult subject".

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"It's been very emotional," Kate told the panel. "The National Television Awards 2020 was the last time we were all there as GMB had been nominated and I'm A Celebrity had been nominated, if you can remember that I ever did the jungle. It's all gone in the mist of time."

She continued: "Derek babysat that night for the children and I remember because I'm A Celebrity won, going up on stage and calling him and saying 'I wish you'd been here, I'll probably never be on this stage ever again'.

"I didn't know then what was coming for us both."

Speaking about the NTAs 2021, Kate continued: "I've been feeling really emotional to be honest and wondering whether to go at all because it just feels a bit wrong to go. It feels wrong to be asking for people to vote because it's such a difficult subject."

GMB's Kate Garraway in tears after emotional encounter with fan over NTAs (ITV)

Kate then revealed that an encounter with a stranger while she was putting her recycling out had changed her mind.

"But then yesterday I was smashing up some boxes for the recycling at the front of my house," Kate explained. "A lady walked past and she said 'good luck for tomorrow night, I hope you win' and I said 'oh I don't think we will there's some great people in the category and it's a bit awkward, isn't it'.

"And she said 'oh no, you've got to win. My sister got Covid in May 2020, it damaged her heart' - makes me feel tearful now - 'and two weeks ago she died from that heart damage'.

"I just thought, okay, I am going to ask people to vote, because there are millions of people that are still - as we try to get on with our lives and get some joy back - still suffering from Covid, suffering from their livelihoods, there are people waiting for treatment for other things because of the strain that the pandemic has put on the NHS, and they, as we try and get on with our lives and feel a bit of joy again, are starting to feel forgotten."

Kate revealed the passerby added that her late sister got a "boost" from the documentary.

"So this isn't for me, it's for those people," Kate concluded.

Good Morning Britain continues week days at 6am on ITV.

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