Tearful Ben Shephard presents his final GMB show with longtime friend Kate Garraway as he’s surprised by old colleagues, funny gifts and sweet messages from celebrity pals ahead of new This Morning job

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Ben Shephard became tearful as he was surprised by his colleagues and a montage of his best bits during his last ever show on Good Morning Britain. 

The  broadcaster, 49, is bidding farewell to the breakfast news show after a decade of hosting with longtime friend Kate Garraway in order to join Cat Deeley as the new permanent hosts of This Morning.

His final episode got off to an emotional start as he reflected on his time with the show alongside Kate, 56, who admitted she was struggling to keep it together. 

And it wasn’t long before Ben started welling up as he was treated to a montage of all his colleagues and his favourite West Ham footballers – including Carlton Cole and Mark Noble – wishing him well.

Yet it was the end of the show – when Ben’s colleagues rushed into the studio to surprise him – that saw him wipe away tears. 

Ben Shephard was reduced to tears as he presented his final show on Good Morning Britain on Friday with his longtime presenting partner Kate Garraway

Ben Shephard was reduced to tears as he presented his final show on Good Morning Britain on Friday with his longtime presenting partner Kate Garraway 

The broadcaster, 49, is bidding farewell to the breakfast news show after a decade of hosting with his longtime friend, after landing a new job as the permanent host of This Morning

The broadcaster, 49, is bidding farewell to the breakfast news show after a decade of hosting with his longtime friend, after landing a new job as the permanent host of This Morning 

Ben's colleagues rushed into the studio to surprise him (L-R back row: Richard Arnold, Dr Amir Khan, Sean Fletcher, Alex Beresford, Andi Peters; front row: Kate, Susanna Reid, Charlotte Hawkins)

Ben’s colleagues rushed into the studio to surprise him (L-R back row: Richard Arnold, Dr Amir Khan, Sean Fletcher, Alex Beresford, Andi Peters; front row: Kate, Susanna Reid, Charlotte Hawkins) 

The likes of Susanna Reid, Alex Beresford, Dr Amir Khan and the West Ham mascot – teddy bear Bubbles – ran on to present a segment of his bet bits. 

He was then surprised by members of the public whose lives he has touched, and been touched by, over the years, with Pride Of Britain winner Ella Chadwick, 16 – who was born with congenital nephrotic syndrome, a rare kidney disease – running on to surprise him. 

Ben’s aunt Jan also appeared on video call as she wished her nephew well on his next job.  

Asked how she would cope without Ben, the star’s longtime co-host and friend, Kate said: ‘You’re an incredible person and incredible friend… I won’t say anything more or I’ll cry but I know we’ll still be in your lives.’ 

Ben replied: ‘I’ll be right next door! I’ll see you all and I’ll be able to stay up a little bit longer! I can do an all-nighter with Laura [Tobin]!’ 

He was then surprised with an array of funny gifts from the crew, including a cake in the shape of an alarm clock set to 3.15 (Ben’s wakeup time for GMB) and a blanket adorned with the faces of his co-stars.

Ben choked back tears as he closed the show, admitting: ‘I won’t miss the alarm clock but I know as soon as I get in here I’ll be surrounded by you incredible, chaotic, annoying, wonderful people.

‘You are amazing and wonderful colleagues. The extended team at GMB, thank you to them and the viewers. 

‘I can only cope with this because I know I’m not going far, and I know this lot will be doing the best job, so thank you, thank you for making this so special. 

‘I’ll see you in a couple of weeks…’ 

He was then surprised by members of the public whose lives he has touched, and been touched by, over the years, with Pride Of Britain winner Ella Chadwick, 16 - who was born with congenital nephrotic syndrome, a rare kidney disease - running on to surprise him

He was then surprised by members of the public whose lives he has touched, and been touched by, over the years, with Pride Of Britain winner Ella Chadwick, 16 – who was born with congenital nephrotic syndrome, a rare kidney disease – running on to surprise him

He was then surprised with an array of funny gifts from the crew, including a cake in the shape of an alarm clock set to 3.15 (Ben's wakeup time for GMB) and a blanket adorned with the faces of his co-stars

He was then surprised with an array of funny gifts from the crew, including a cake in the shape of an alarm clock set to 3.15 (Ben’s wakeup time for GMB) and a blanket adorned with the faces of his co-stars

The Hammers fan also received a football signed by his favourite players

The Hammers fan also received a football signed by his favourite players 

Ben choked back tears as he closed the show, admitting: 'I won't miss the alarm clock but I know as soon as I get in here I'll be surrounded by you incredible, chaotic, annoying, wonderful people. You are amazing and wonderful colleagues'

Ben choked back tears as he closed the show, admitting: ‘I won’t miss the alarm clock but I know as soon as I get in here I’ll be surrounded by you incredible, chaotic, annoying, wonderful people. You are amazing and wonderful colleagues’

Within minutes of kicking off the show, both Ben and longtime friend Kate admitted they were struggling to contain their emotions.

Kate said: ‘Oh my god it’s not even a minute past six and that’s the last time I’ve just realised we’ll hear ”Good Morning Britain with Ben Shephard and Kate Garraway”. I’m off already, too emotional!’

And it wasn’t long before Ben started welling up as he was treated to a montage of all his colleagues and his favourite West Ham footballers – including Carlton Cole and Mark Noble – wishing him well.

Longtime Hammers fan Ben became visibly emotional as he watched a clip of former central midfielder Mark saying: ‘Ben you were there for me on my last day as a West Ham player so it’s only right I send you a message. 

‘You was there for me the last ever game so have a great day mate, you’ll be crying instead of me this time.’ 

Laughing as his eyes went red with tears, Ben mused: ‘That’s Mark Noble! Mr West Ham!’ 

Charlotte Hawkins also became emotional about Ben’s last day as she gushed: ‘It’s quite a moment. We’ll be doing our best to keep it together today.’ 

Ben then added: ‘I’m desperately trying to hold this together, we’ve got three hours. It’s lovely to be here for the last time. And we’ve got a busy show to get through as well.’

Kate quipped: ‘We have got three hours of other stuff, it’s not just all Ben Shepard mania. Although it is about 92 percent.’

Later in the show, tributes to Ben continued to pour in, with Kate saying: ‘We’re all going to miss Ben in the mornings. The cheeky smile, the risky innuendoes.’

She went onto quip: ‘Yeah, our producers are slightly relieved about that!’

Entertainment editor Richard Arnold embraced Ben in a big hug and told him ‘I love you, mate’, while revealing that Ben and Cat’s first This Morning show will air on Monday, March 11.

It wasn't long before Ben started welling up as he was treated to a montage of his colleagues and his favourite West Ham footballers - including Carlton Cole and Mark Noble (pictured) wishing him well

It wasn’t long before Ben started welling up as he was treated to a montage of his colleagues and his favourite West Ham footballers – including Carlton Cole and Mark Noble (pictured) wishing him well

Within minutes of kicking off the show, both Ben and his longtime friend Kate admitted they were struggling to contain their emotions

Within minutes of kicking off the show, both Ben and his longtime friend Kate admitted they were struggling to contain their emotions

After surprising Ben with a bobblehead figure of himself, Andi Peters fought back tears as he rushed to embrace him

After surprising Ben with a bobblehead figure of himself, Andi Peters fought back tears as he rushed to embrace him

Ben was touched by the personalised gift he'd received from Andi and proudly posed for the camera

Ben was touched by the personalised gift he’d received from Andi and proudly posed for the camera 

As Ben's final show got underway, Susanna Reid was among those taking to social media to send over words of support and shared a throwback of the pair

As Ben’s final show got underway, Susanna Reid was among those taking to social media to send over words of support and shared a throwback of the pair 

As Ben's final show got underway, many viewers took to social media to pay tribute

As Ben’s final show got underway, many viewers took to social media to pay tribute

As Ben’s final show got underway, Susanna Reid was among those taking to social media to send over words of support. 

Alongside a throwback snap of the pair, she shared on X: ‘BYE BEN! We’ve all got the blues this morning saying goodbye to the best in the business @benshephard.

‘This is us 10 years ago just before the launch of @gmb – of course he took me to Upton Park to bond over football! We’re going to miss you – good luck through the wall @thismorning. 

Viewers also paid tribute, with one writing: ‘So sad ur leaving GMB Ben Shephard it’s bee a pleasure watching u 4 10 years best of luck with ur adventure on This Morning, u will be missed by millions, GMB will not be the same without u.’

Another added: ‘Your honested, humour and professionalism helped us get through some tough Covid mornings in 2020. I don’t know anoyone who has a bad word for Ben.’

A third posted: ‘Bye bye @benshephard I will miss you.’ 

During the show, Andi Peters also revealed that he and Ben had started working together on T4 decades earlier, and surprised him with a funny leaving present – a mini figurine of himself. 

Passing Ben the gift and saying it should be used in his new dressing room on This Morning, Ben struggled to contain his laughter.

Andi struggled to hold back his tears as he told viewers ‘give me a sec,’ before introducing the competition. 

Ben is set to take over as the host of This Morning alongside Cat Deeley next month, after Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby’s departure last year. 

It comes after Ben paid an emotional tribute to his GMB co-host and ‘on-screen wife of 20-years’ Kate. 

The Tipping Point host said no longer presenting alongside pal Kate was the ‘hardest decision’ ahead of agreeing to take on the role of Phillip Schofield’s replacement.

The telly favourite, who has hosted GMB since 2014, also revealed that the adjoining studios would make it easy for him to call in for a catch up.

He said: ‘One of the hardest decisions of course is knowing that my mornings with Kate, my on-screen wife of nearly 20 years, is coming to an end’.

Touching on her recent loss of beloved husband Derek Draper, Ben continued: ‘Her journey has been well documented, and I think we would all agree how remarkable she has been over the last four years.

‘I won’t miss the mess but I’ve learned so much from her, as I have from all of the people I’ve been lucky enough to work alongside’.

Following the news Kate took to Instagram to congratulate Ben and Cat, while admitting just how much she would miss working with him.

Alongside a snap of them laughing she wrote: ‘Massive congrats to @benshephardofficial on the @itv @thismorning gig.’ 

‘You’ll be SOOOOO missed by EVERYONE @gmb viewers and the team alike & ofcourse especially me. BUT after 24 years hard labour by my side no one will begrudge you time off for good behaviour!!!’

Before she added: ‘Good luck swapping early starts for (abit) of a lie in and a Kate for a Cat! @catdeeley can’t wait to see you – you’ll have a ball’

Cat and Ben have been locked in talks for some months following the exit of Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield and are now set to make their debut next month following the news.

Her role on the show will see the star reportedly lose her long-time role on So You Think You Can Dance in the US , where she was reportedly paid £43k an episode – instead opting for the role on This Morning with a reported £550k annual salary.

It had been claimed that she was finally been won round with a more lucrative deal, but insiders at ITV denied the claims – insisting it was the ability to spend more time family, over a big money payday, that finally sealed the deal.

The news was confirmed via a bespoke promo on This Morning’s Twitter, showing Ben walking down the familiar This Morning production corridor and placing a new photo of Cat on the wall, before turning to the camera as the photo comes to life.

Ben and Cat Deeley were unveiled as the new hosts of This Morning last month with a teaser clip showing their images been erected in the ITV corridors

Ben and Cat Deeley were unveiled as the new hosts of This Morning last month with a teaser clip showing their images been erected in the ITV corridors 

Ben said: ‘This really feels like a very special moment for Cat and I to be part of the next chapter of This Morning. It’s an honour to be trusted with the reigns, join Alison and Dermot and all the team that work on and off screen and do such a great job…

‘For the last ten years I’ve been waking up with our ITV daytime audience on GMB and I now look forward to spending time with Cat…

‘Welcoming the viewers home after the school run or from their early morning routines, with a cup of tea and a mix of everything that makes This Morning so loved.’

Cat added: ‘This Morning is a national institution. Whenever it’s on, it’s like having your friends over – funny, smart, silly, heartfelt, informative and joyful – like all the greatest friendships!…

‘This Morning is and always will be the viewer’s show. Ben and I both know how much people love it, and with the help of an amazing team of people, we’re going to do our best to take care of it.

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