BEN Shephard has revealed how he was ‘transfixed’ when he saw Kate Garraway topless on today’s Good Morning Britain.
The 44-year-old first spoke about the incident last week, but today’s show marked the first time the pair had appeared on screen together since the surprising story came to light.
Susanna Reid was quick to question Ben about what happened 20 years ago as Kate sat beside him, and he was more than happy to explain.
He said: “We were working together and lived round the corner from one another, we literally were neighbours.
“I’d invited myself over for a cup of tea, I was cycling everywhere at the time and I got there early.”
He then explained how Kate’s house had the kitchen in the basement with railings outside.
With an embarrassed giggle, he recalled: “I was chaining my bike up…ooh I’m getting shivers just thinking about it.
“It was about lunchtime and Kate had obviously gone home and had a sleep as we’d been up early and then suddenly someone walked into the kitchen and I looked up, and it was Kate.
“She was topless and I kind of stopped and I was transfixed.”
Kate joked: “Paralysed like a cobra.”
When Susanna, 49, said he should have looked away to preserve Kate’s dignity, Ben replied: “No what I did was, I didn’t want to move as I thought ‘if I move she’ll notice me and that’ll be really embarrassing’.
“So I undid my chain and I slowly just walked away like I’d never seen a thing and cycled off in like a hot sweat.”
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Kate then recalled: “The thing is I rang him and said ‘I thought you were coming over?’ and he just said ‘Oh I got a bit tied up’.”
Kate then recounted the moment Ben finally told her, more than 20 years after it happened.
She said: “I was thinking ‘Oh my God, Oh my God’ and when he said ‘I’ve seen you naked’ I thought ‘When?’ thinking ‘Oh my God because these days it’s really bad’.”
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