Ben Shephard has admitted he was “transfixed” while gazing at a topless Kate Garraway.
The Good Morning Britain presenter saw his colleague’s boobs by accident – and it took him 20 years to confess
Susanna Reid addressed the awkward situation by holding up the Sunday Mirror’s spread to the camera.
Ben said he made the mistake of telling Chris Moyles on a podcast, then realised he would have to open up to Kate.
Red-faced Kate admitted she was “flabbergasted” when Ben sat her down to reveal what he had seen.
Speaking on today’s GMB, Ben explained: “We were working together for a long time, lived round the corner from each other. We were literally neighbours.
“I’d invited myself over for a cup of tea like I often did as she wasn’t usually keen as she had to tidy up.
“I got there. I was cycling everywhere at the time. Kate lived in a town house. Her kitchen was in the basement, you’ve got the railings outside the front. I’m chaining my bike up…”
Ben stopped to admit he was getting “shivers” just thinking about what had happened during that eventful lunchtime.
He continued: “Kate had obviously gone home and had a sleep. Suddenly someone nude walked into the kitchen and I looked up and it was Kate. And she was topless.
“I kind of stopped. I was transfixed.”
Giggling Kate joked that he was “paralysed”, while Susanna replied: “I think what you mean to say is ‘I looked away to preserve her dignity’.”
Stuttering Ben tried to claim he did not want to move, but Susanna started making mocking faces as he spoke.
Admitting he thought it would be too embarrassing, Ben said he slowly undid his bike chain then cycled off in a “hot sweat”.
Kate added: “The weird thing was I asked when are you coming over. You said ‘I just got a bit tied up’.”
Kate and Ben couldn’t stop giggling as they tell the Sunday Mirror about the incident.
He kept the memory to himself for nearly 20 years until he finally let it slip to radio DJ Chris Moyles after a few drinks.
Kate said that when Ben finally owned up to her “he was sweating buckets… the idea he’s seen me naked all this time and I never knew…we’re like brother and sister. I’m so glad it was before I had kids”.
*Good Morning Britain airs weekdays on ITV at 12.30pm