Piers Morgan hits out at Kate Garraway's husband Derek Draper

‘If I’d known the bar was that low, I’d have had a crack myself’: Piers Morgan hits out at Kate Garraway’s husband Derek Draper

Piers Morgan has hit out at Kate Garraway’s husband Derek Draper, saying: ‘If I’d known the bar was that low, I’d have had a crack myself’.

The TV presenter, 54, admitted he used to often butt heads with his Good Morning Britain co-host’s husband Derek, both 52, when he was a press chief for Labour and Piers was editor of the Daily Mirror.

Writing in his column for Event magazine, Piers took a swipe at Derek, saying: ‘It’s been no surprise to see my GMB colleague Kate Garraway being such a trouper on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!

Jab: Piers Morgan has hit out at Kate Garraway’s husband Derek Draper, saying: ‘If I’d known the bar was that low, I’d have had a crack myself’ (pictured in March 2017) 

‘She’s always been a great laugh on and off camera, and more importantly, has always been able to laugh at herself.

‘After Kate announced she was marrying her husband Derek Draper, with whom I used to lock horns when he was a Labour spin doctor and I was editor of the Daily Mirror, I emailed her to say: “If I’d known the bar was that low, I’d have had a crack myself.” ‘

However, Piers insisted Kate did not take offense to his comment and found it so hilarious that she put it on menu cards at her wedding to Derek.  

Kate and Derek have been married for fourteen years, with the former lobbyist cheering his wife on for the duration of her stint in the jungle. 

Locking horns: Piers admitted he used to often butt heads with Kate’s husband Derek, both 52, when he was a press chief for Labour and Piers was the editor of the Daily Mirror

In an array of sweet and revealing interviews, the couple discussed their union, with Derek admitting that he feared she was ‘a high-maintenance TV bimbo’ while she suffered a cancer scare at the start of their relationship.

Speaking in October about being set up he admitted he debated cancelling their first date before they began dating before their union was rocked when she discovered a benign cyst in her kidney, which left her hospitalised.

Kate, who was married to Ian Rumsey from 1998 to 2002, met Derek when they were set up by mutual friend, then-political editor of GMTV Gloria De Piero.

The I’m A Celeb star told The Times: ‘One day, as the sun was rising, she said, “I’m having an epiphany. You and Derek Draper.” I was, like, “Who?”

Good sort: Piers insisted Kate did not take offense to his comment and found it so hilarious that she put it on menu cards at her wedding to Derek 


Romance: Kate and Derek have been married for fourteen years with the former lobbyist cheering his wife on for the duration of her stint in the jungle 

Support: Derek flew to Australia to be read to greet Kate when she left the jungle (pictured in November 2019) 

‘Derek had just moved back from America, having left politics and retrained as a psychotherapist, and she thought we’d be perfect for each other…

‘She set up drinks with a group of people at Claridge’s. Derek arrived thinking it was a date and that I was being incredibly cool by ignoring him.’

Derek then admitted he was relieved he went on the date as Kate dispelled all the myths he believed of dating a TV personality.

The media personality and the former lobbyist, who share kids Darcey, 13, and William, 10, tied the knot in September 2005, just three years after her divorce from former husband Ian.

Reunited: Kate ran into Derek’s arms when he greeted her on the bridge after her elimination from the jungle 

Admission: Kate recent told how her sex life is ‘far more enjoyable’ now than it was in her 20s

Things were thwarted by her cancer scare, which came after she’d given birth to son Billy. She said: ‘You’re in the clinic, looking round at everyone thinking, ‘Why shouldn’t it be me any more than anyone else?’. It’s really scary.’

As they settled into married life, Kate revealed to You Magazine: ‘Sex now is far more enjoyable than when I was in my 20s…

‘Looking back on my early romantic life, I was more worried about what impression I made on my dates than what I thought of them…

‘I would approach them as though they were job interviews, trying to wow the man so that he would ask me out again and I got the ‘job’. In hindsight, this attitude carried on into my relationships.’

Speaking on Lorraine, Derek – who was joined by their kids Darcey and William in Australia – also gushed about the presenter’s ‘knockout’ appearance following her recent two-stone weight loss, enthusing he’s fallen in love with her ‘all over again’.

History: Kate, who was married to Ian Rumsey from 1998 to 2002, met Derek when they were set up by mutual friend, then-political editor of GMTV Gloria De Piero 

On the TV star’s ‘amazing’ stint, Derek explained: ‘She was literally a superhero! She’s doing brilliant… you know how lovely and strong she is – I think that’s coming across. That’s what people are seeing.

‘One of the other family members said I watched her for years and wondered is she really that nice’ – and then they told me she is!’ 

Kate spoke about her experience in the jungle to Piers during an appearance on Monday’s episode of Good Morning Britain.  

She said: ‘I’m so pleased I did it. It was extraordinary, you said it would be Piers. It really, really was. You know when you watch the show and you think that looks really hard, I could never do it. 

‘It is really hard and I couldn’t really do it, but… it is so extraordinary to be in there. It is the most amazing thing to be away from everything for a month. 

Kate said of the jungle: ‘It is really hard and I couldn’t really do it, but… it is so extraordinary to be in there. It is the most amazing thing to be away from everything for a month’

‘You don’t get to do it. There is obviously a large sprinkling of torture involved, but you get through that and the rest is just laughs and amazingness.’

Kate also congratulated Jacqueline Jossa on being crowned Queen of the Jungle, saying: ‘She [Jacqueline] comes back to the Versace [hotel]…. to where we are and she walks in and she sees her two little girls and it’s so lovely, you’re really going to enjoy seeing it. 

‘We all had those moments and it’s been brilliant. I think she’s a bit dazed, I think we’re all a bit dazed.’

Of the best bit of the show, Kate said: ‘Without doubt, the best part was the people… You don’t really have the chance to get to know people until you pick cockroaches off their bottom in a waterfall shower…

‘That was Caitlyn Jenner by the way that I did that to. When you par things down people are good. People are fundamentally good.’

Gang: Kate was reunited with her I’m A Celeb campmates after Jacqueline Jossa was crowned Queen of the Jungle 

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