Piers Morgan brands Kate Garraway ‘smug and irritating’
KATE GARRAWAY has been ‘shocked’ by reactions to her decision to knock booze on the head for the first month of the year — not least the roasting she got from her fellow Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan.
Like many of us facing the new year with a few extra pounds and a fuzzy head, the TV presenter, 50, is undertaking Dry January.
But Kate — who describes herself as a ‘moderate drinker’, while admitting she had a ‘very, very good Christmas’ — has been surprised by people’s lack of support for her health kick.
One friend even postponed her birthday lunch until she falls off the wagon again in February, she told ITV’s Lorraine Kelly.
‘I have been really shocked by people’s reactions,’ she said. ‘I think we have a problem with how we treat people and alcohol.
‘If you said: “I’m giving up smoking,” people would put on a parade. If you said: “I’m going to eat more healthily,” people would say: “Good for you.”
‘If it’s drinking, the first reaction is: “That’s so boring. You’re going to be so boring.”‘
And it appears her co-presenter Piers is one of those people, as Kate told Lorraine he labelled people who do Dry January ‘smug and irritating’, and I’m, like, “OK, so you are the arbiter of that!”‘
But Kate told Lorraine that her abstinence was far from a fad, as it was prompted by a test that revealed she had a fatty liver — probably due to Christmas over-indulgence.
‘I thought, I don’t really drink that much,’ said Kate. ‘But when you stop completely, it is a shocker.
‘You realise that a glass here, going to a function there, they all tot up.’
Kate said said she felt ‘better’ and ‘fresher’ for her stint off the sauce and she plans to see it through — whatever Piers may think — and take another test at the end of the month when, hopefully, her liver will be in better shape.
Author: Anna Thomson