Ben Shephard: GMB host speaks out on family ‘turmoil’ over son’s scrapped exams
GMB: Ben Shephard tells Kate Garraway to 'hold on'
Good Morning Britain presenter Ben Shephard, 46, revealed his family had been thrown into “turmoil” after his son was one of many young students across the UK who had been affected by the sudden cancellation of exams due to the latest nation-wide coronavirus lockdown. The host explained that 13-year-old Sam had his mock exams postponed after hours spent revising.
Bit of turmoil, of course, because Sam’s doing his GCSEs this year – or was supposed to be doing his GCSEs
Speaking on GMB, Ben and Kate Garraway discussed the Christmas break and the new lockdown: “It was just all over too quickly, and then we’re back and we’re all thrown into it.
“Bit of turmoil, of course, because Sam’s doing his GCSEs this year – or was supposed to be doing his GCSEs – so bless him, he spent the whole of Christmas doing his revision for his mocks,” he said.
Kate cooed as she replied: “Oh, he’s such a good boy!
“I don’t know where he gets it from!” she smirked.
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“Well, he gets it from his mum! He certainly doesn’t get it from me!” Ben laughed.
“He gets it from Annie – you’re still thinking about doing your GCSE revision!” his co-star joked back.
“I have to say there has been a huge drop off in the amount of industry at home once that announcement was made,” Ben continued.
“I just feel that it’s so frustrating for anyone doing GCSEs, A-Levels and the B-Techers, that’s a really complicated situation as well.”
Before Boris Johnson placed the UK into another lockdown Ben, like all of us, was feeling hopeful for what 2021 had to offer after the terrible year we’ve all had.
Taking to his Instagram, he shared a sweet snap of him and his wife Annie, and their two sons Sam and 15-year-old Jack.
“Happy New Year!! We’ve had an official New Years Eve cobweb blower-outer!” he laughed.
“All those drinks always seem like such a great idea!!! The Boys still can’t go five yards without kicking, punching, jumping on, tripping or pushing each other or generally brawling, but have to say there’s a feeling of optimism about the new year and what’s to come.
“I hope you’ve been able to smile as the year ends and you have a cracking 2021.”
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Kate was also hoping for a better year ahead, following her husband Derek Draper’s health nightmare.
The former I’m A Celebrity campmate revealed she had a “tough and sad” Christmas as Derek remains in hospital, recovering from the aftermath of coronavirus.
She revealed she and their two children Darcey, 13, and Billy, 11, were able to visit him briefly for the first time since March, so they could spend a little time together over the festive holiday but Kate was then told it’d be the last time they saw each other for a while.
Ben asked his friend: “How was Christmas in the end? Because we were all so concerned.”
The mother-of-two replied: “Well, it was tough, wasn’t it? It was tough for everybody and I knew it was going to be tough.
“There was a lovely moment which we did have, which was over the [Christmas] period, we did get to see Derek. And the children did, which is the first time they’ve been able to do that. So that was amazing,” the presenter explained.
“It was very heightened with emotion because he’s very changed so all the routines we would normally do – it was one of those moments it was so wonderful but it sort of amplified how sad everything was.
“It was so different but it was still fantastic,” the journalist said, before revealing the lockdown rules will prevent any further visits for the foreseeable future.
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.
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