Kate Garraway’s friends praise star for bravely putting on smile despite going through ‘awful’ ordeal with sick husband – The Sun

KATE Garraway's friends have praised the TV presenter for bravely putting on a smile despite going through an "awful" ordeal as her sick husband battles coronavirus. 

Her Good Morning Britain co-hosts Ben Shephard and Charlotte Hawkins looked on admiringly at smiling pal Kate, 53, as she banged her saucepan with a wooden spoon during Clap for Carers this week.

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They replayed the I'm A Celebrity star's video from outside her house as she paid tribute to those fighting to save her 52-year-old husband Derek Draper's life.

He has been in intensive care for two months after falling into a coma and becoming unresponsive.

Ben and Charlotte told how they are "praying" Derek "will pull through" as they updated viewers on his condition.

Heartbroken Kate this week said her "heart sinks" every day as Derek is forced to face "new battles" that coronavirus brings.

After reading out Kate's latest message abut Derek, Ben added: "She also wanted to thank everyone for their extraordinary messages.

"She does enjoy reading them in the quieter moments when she gets a chance.

Ben's co-host Charlotte added:"She's still going through such an awful time.

"Our hearts go out to her and her family through everything she is going through.

"It is nice to see she had a smile on her face. Everyone has got their fingers crossed and sending so much love.

"They are all in our prayers and so we are just hoping Derek will pull through."

On Thursday Kate paid tribute to her daughter Darcey, 14, and son Billy, 10, for their strength.

She wrote: "I couldn’t be prouder of how she & Billy have coped with these past 2 horrific months for our family – always finding ways of lifting our spirits & staying strong even when they can see me wobbling.

"Its so wonderful to see little green shoots of hope that this dreadful disease is easing and that hopefully soon we might all be able to see each other again and hug our nearest and dearest.

"But the journey for me and my family seems to be far from over as everyday my heart sinks as I learn new & devastating ways this virus has more battles for Derek to fight.

"But he is still HERE & so there is still hope. My heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to anyone who will be affected by this, not just for the next few weeks but for the foreseeable future.

"That will be the case for many who have suffered from the disease, but also the front line workers who have been helping to treat the worst affected. The physical and mental scars will run deep and so we need to stick together far beyond the end of lockdown."

Referring to her website, she added: "Thank you so much for all your messages. I am going to share more of the things that have been keeping me going on clubgarraway.com.

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Friends launched business in lockdown and turned over £20k in 2 weeks

You CAN launch a business during lockdown: Friends who started an online marketplace for baby gifts reveal they turned over £20,000 in the first two weeks – and are on course to generate £300,000 in sales in a year

  • Laura McBride, 29, and Laura Boswell, 30, from Essex, founded BabyChum
  • The friends borrowed £4,000 to launch the online marketplace for baby gifts
  • They prepared to launch this April and decided to go ahead despite lockdown
  • Entrepreneurs revealed they turned over £20,000 in the first two weeks 
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

A pair of friends who started their online business during the coronavirus crisis  revealed how they still managed to turnover £20,000 in the first two weeks. 

Entrepreneurs Laura McBride, 29, and Laura Boswell, 30, of Essex, took the plunge and launched BabyChum, an online marketplace for mother and baby gifts, on 12 April, three weeks into the government lockdown. 

Despite concerns restrictions would hamper the launch, the company sold hundreds of products in the first week and Laura and Laura are now working around the clock from home to keep up with demand and fulfill orders.

Speaking to FEMAIL, the business partners, who each borrowed £2,000 from family to start the venture, said they already have their sights set on the future and estimate they could generate £300,000 in sales by the end of the first year.  

Entrepreneurs Laura McBride, 29, and Laura Boswell, 30, of Essex, took the plunge and launched BabyChum, an online marketplace for mother and baby gifts, on 12 April, three weeks into the government lockdown. Pictured, Laura Boswell (left) and Laura McBride

Speaking about their decision to launch, they said: ‘We were a bit wary about launching during the pandemic, wondering if people were going to be trying to look after the pennies during this really uncertain time. 

‘But then we’d heard that [Canadian e-commerce giant] Shopify was seeing the same amount of website traffic daily as their Black Friday traffic, and thought, “okay now is the time”.

‘We also felt a bit of a duty to help support the small businesses, crafters and sole traders on our site, we couldn’t let them down, so we took the plunge.’ 

The website immediately attracted customers as people turned to online outlets while bricks-and-mortar shops were hit by social distancing restrictions.

‘With the closure of physical stores, people are relying more and more on online shopping – even just to buy things like greeting cards,’ explained Laura McBride, who has a two-year-old daughter Rosie.  

Laura and Laura, who met through friends 10 years ago, started discussing the idea for BabyChum in May 2019 after realising there was demand for an online marketplace that focused solely on mother and baby gifts.  

Laura McBride said: ‘A couple of my friends had babies around the same time so I was looking for some special gifts online. 

‘I usually shop on marketplaces [like Etsy or Not On The High Street] because I like how you can always find something unique or handmade, which always feels more special, and like you’ve actually considered what the receiver might like.

Laura McBride (left) and Laura Boswell (right), who met through friends 10 years ago, started discussing the idea for BabyChum in May 2019 after realising there was demand for an online marketplace that focused solely on mother and baby gifts.

The pair, who have seen particular interest in rainbow-themed products in light of the support the NHS campaign, said the biggest challenge is keeping communication channels open. Pictured left, Personalised Rainbow Print from the Little Design Room (£10). Right, Luna & Folly Personalised Organic Cotton Rainbow Hot Air Balloon Newborn T-shirt (£15)

‘After hours of browsing on other marketplaces to finally find what I was looking for, I thought “there has to be any easier way to find baby and family related gifts online, without having to filter through lots of other products”. Then it came to me, there is a gap in the market for something like this – I’m going to create it!’

The pair both invested £2,000 into the company, which went towards building the website, gifting and digital advertising. 

It took six months to develop the website due to the complex functionality needed to host hundreds of sellers. 

Laura Boswell continued: ‘We had to think about individual shipping options for each seller, and had to code that into the site to make it an option.

‘There was also the need to make the marketplace as seamless as possible in terms of personalisation and customisation, which meant coding product pages to allow people to add a name or date of birth of their choice to their purchase as easily as possible.’

The pair started to approach sellers in December last year before testing the website with friends and loved ones. Laura and Laura had decided they would officially launch the BabyChum once they had at least 300 products available to buy. 

Laura McBride (left) and Laura Boswell (right) are now working independently from their respective homes and are relying on family members to help them keep up with demand.

Revenue is generated through sales on the website, with products promoted via collaborations, gifting and digital advertising. 

Laura Boswell continued: ‘Around the beginning of April time we had hit our 300 product milestone but were weary of launching due to the pandemic; we very much believed in BabyChum but it was consumer spending behaviour that left doubt in our mind. Were people actually buying non-essential items?’ 

However their fears did not materialise and the website sold hundreds of products in the first week.  

‘We were quite lucky, our friend [Frankie Bridge’s sister] Tor Sandford and then [TOWIE star] Chloe Lewis promoted the brand for us which built some traction, that combined with digital advertising and social media, meant we started making sales pretty much straight away,’ she continued. ‘We’re up to our eyeballs now with admin and following up on orders.’

The pair are now working independently from their respective homes and are relying on family members to help them keep up with demand.

‘At the moment it is just us two, we are lucky enough to have family and friends around at the moment who are able to help us reply to emails, contact sellers and help with social media,’ Laura said. 

‘We will definitely be looking for another pair of hands soon as there are not enough hours in the day at the moment – we don’t actually sleep anymore.’ 

The pair, who have seen particular interest in rainbow-themed products in light of the support the NHS campaign, said the biggest challenge is keeping communication channels open. 

Laura said: ‘The biggest challenge really is us not being able to see each other. We spend the whole day on the phone talking through projects and tasks for the week, deciding who is going to work on what aspects of the business. 

‘Being together makes planning and organising a whole lot easier, so it’s definitely taken some adjustment being apart.’

BabyChum now hosts 180 sellers and the business partners have already have their sights set on expansion. They estimate they could turnover £300,000 in the first year.

Laura McBride added: ‘If we carry on the path we have been, we could be looking at a £300,000 turnover in our first year of business, and with that we’d also be supporting hundreds, potentially thousands of other small business owners. We’d be pretty happy and proud if that was the case.

‘The current situation means sales are up, so we’ve really got to strike whilst the iron’s hot. We’ve already achieved overseas sales, so that will be another big focus for us later on in the year.’

Speaking to other would-be entrepreneurs who want to start a business, Laura Boswell said: ‘There is never a ‘right time’ to start a business, so if you believe in your business model and your abilities don’t be afraid to take the plunge. 

‘It will take a lot of hard work, consistency, patience and resilience but if you’ve got passion and determination you will make it happen no matter what the circumstances.’

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'Friends' Reunion: How Coronavirus Filming Regulations Could Impact the Special

The taping of the Friends reunion special has been delayed indefinitely due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The Friends reunion was originally scheduled to premiere on May 27 with the launch of HBO Max. Going forward, here is how filming regulations regarding the coronavirus could affect the Friends special.

The ‘Friends’ reunion won’t film until there can be a live studio audience

Recently, Variety interviewed Bob Greenblatt, the WarnerMedia Entertainment and Direct-to-Consumer chairman about the special. Greenblatt told the publication the special won’t film until a live studio audience is allowed to attend the filming.

“At first we thought, shows will be delayed for a month or two at the most, and now it seems like it’s going to be far longer than that. We’re holding out for being able to get this special done hopefully by the end of the summer, if the stars align and hopefully we can get back into production,” Greenblatt told Variety. “We do think there’s a value to having a big, raucous live audience to experience these six great friends coming back together and we didn’t want to just suddenly do it on a web call with, you know, six squares and people shooting from their kitchens and bedrooms.”

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Bob Greenblatt thinks the special is worth waiting for

If production of the Friends reunion is delayed much longer, Greenblatt did say it may be inevitable to go “more to a virtual route.” However, the executive thinks the reunion special is worth waiting for.

“But at the moment, we’re trying to look to the future and get this thing done in a more conventional way, and I think it’s worth waiting for,” Greenblatt said. “We would have loved to have had it on [HBO Max on] Day One, but at the same time, if we can get it launched in the fall, I think it’ll be something that we can have the audience really looking forward to as well.”

How the coronavirus could affect production of the ‘Friends’ reunion

While shows like The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon have filmed and broadcast virtually, production for other shows has completely halted due to mandated quarantine. While there is no easy way to predict what filming the Friends reunion will be like, one can assume there could be regulations in place once TV and film production is allowed to resume.

While production has not resumed in the U.S., it will resume soon in the U.K. However, social distancing protocols must still be followed.

According to Forbes, the following must be implemented to resume production:

“A number of precautions are set to be involved in the document including having a ‘COVID-19 supervisor’ on set, crew training before shoots catered specifically for Coronavirus, dedicated rigorous cleaning, regular health screenings, government advised quarantining for incoming overseas talent and social distancing guidelines with specific body positions if the distance cannot be adhered to.”

This will apply to both scripted and un-scripted content in the U.K. If the Friends reunion will be filmed with a live studio audience, it’s possible similar regulations will need to be implemented to make that possible.

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'Friends': Jane Krakowski Auditioned to Play Rachel Green

There are many actors who auditioned for the main roles of Friends. No one knew how big the show would become and now some of those actors who lost out on the opportunity are talking about it.

Jane Krakowski auditioned to play Rachel Green, which was played by Jennifer Aniston. Find out what she has to say about missing out on the role and more to know about the casting process of the show.

One of the hardest roles to cast on ‘Friends’ was Chandler

Chandler Bing makes a lot of jokes and is very sarcastic. Co-creator Marta Kauffman told Vanity Fair that they unexpectedly had a hard time to find the right actor.

“It was a fascinating casting experience,” Kauffman said. “We saw a countless number of actors.… One of the first actors on our list was Matthew Perry to play Chandler, but he was doing a show called LAX 2194 [a Fox pilot about baggage handlers in the year 2194], so he wasn’t available. We brought other people in.”

Kauffman’s writing partner, David Crane said they then really struggled to find someone else. “We brought everybody in,” he said. “We were so sure that Chandler would be the easiest part to cast. It’s got the most joke jokes. It’s sarcastic and kind of quippy, but no one could do it. No one.”

Perry almost helped find his replacement because he coached Craig Bierko for his audition and that helped. However, they went back to Perry in the end.

Perry isn’t the only one who almost lost out on his iconic role. Rachel Green was almost given to multiple actors before Aniston was cast.

Jennifer Aniston wasn’t the first choice for Rachel Green

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Rachel Green became a hair icon and it’s hard to picture anyone but Aniston playing her. But she actually wasn’t the producer’s first choice for the role.

Téa Leoni was reportedly favored for the role, according to Screen Rant. She turned it down to do The Naked Truth. Courteney Cox, who played Monica, also was offered the role but she wanted to play her future role instead.

Aniston was busy on the series Muddling Through, but then it didn’t work out so she was available for Friends.

Jane Krakowski auditioned to play Rachel Green

Krakowski revealed that she is one of many actresses who auditioned to get Aniston’s role. This is interesting given Aniston previously auditioned for Krakowski’s role in Search for Tomorrow.

“I’m pretty sure every actor within that age group tried to get on Friends,” the 30 Rock star told People. “It was just one of those shows that everybody wanted to get an audition for and be on. And wisely so. It was a show of a generation.”

This isn’t the first time she talked about missing out on the role. She also talked about it in an interview with E!. “I wish I had gotten that one… I actually auditioned for Rachel and didn’t go very far,” she said.

It sounds like the casting process was a tough one. However, they must have gotten it right given the show is still popular long after it ended.

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'Friends': Fans Think Susan Was the Worst Recurring Character

Let’s be honest; Ross Geller was so not a nice guy. Year after year, Ross seemed to change for the worse. He went from a seemingly nice guy to someone who was difficult to get along with and incredibly self-involved. Fans of the series seem to mostly agree that the paleontologist was absolutely not their favorite friend. While hatred for Ross runs deep, there is another character that Friends fans really can’t stand; that character is none other than Carol’s life partner, Susan Bunch.

Susan and Carol were totally insensitive

After spending several years married to Ross, Carol left him for a woman named Susan. Instead of ending her marriage to Ross, then pursuing Susan, she decides to cheat. When she finally left Ross, she turned around and informed him that she was pregnant with his child. That’s a lot for someone to take in, and even the most ardent Ross hater can admit he seemed to handle the whole situation reasonably well, especially when you consider how insensitive Carol and Susan were about the whole thing.

Fame10 notes that Carol and Susan were pretty self-centered during the entirety of Carol’s pregnancy. In fact, Susan, who had been seeing Carol for all of a few months, wanted her last name included in Ben’s name. That’s a pretty bold suggestion from someone who, effectively, had nothing to do with the conception of the child. Sure, it’s sweet that Susan was so enamored with the notion of having a baby with Carol, but wanting your name included is pretty insensitive to the father of the child, who was recently cheated on.

Susan was pretty obtuse

Susan was fully aware that Carolwas married when she started seeing her. She was aware that her divorce fromRoss’ was nowhere near finalized when she moved in, and Ross made it prettyclear that he took issue with the fact that Carol cheated on him. Yet, Susancontinued to act like Ross should have given her a chance to prove she was agood person.

Susan didn’t seem to understand why Ross had a serious issue with her. Like, she literally didn’t seem to know where all of his hostility came from. While Susan doesn’t need to take responsibility for her partner’s actions, failing to grasp what Ross was so upset by her general presence is pretty obtuse.

Susan was pretty mean-spirited  

Together, Susan and Carol were insensitive, but Susan managed to take it a step further. While she insisted she was a “lovely person,” she never missed an opportunity to put Ross down, and she expertly played on his insecurities. After suggesting that Ross’s last name shouldn’t be included in Ben’s name at all, she went on to suggest they referred to Ross as “BoBo, the sperm guy.” The one-liners were pretty funny, but in retrospect, they were pretty mean-spirited, too.

Ross’s love life ended up being pretty complicated after hisdivorce. He ruined hisrelationship with Rachel by cheating on her, but the cheating was fueled byparanoia, likely stemming from Carol cheating on him. His metamorphosis frombeing a seemingly nice but dorky guy, into the man Friends fans love tohate could, in theory, be traced back to his disastrous first marriage.

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An Iconic 'Friends' Hairstyle Is Returning Thanks to Selena Gomez

Friends was one of the most popular shows of the 1990s, and it is still enjoyed by many people around the world today. There are a lot of things that we owe to Friends – one of which is an iconic hairstyle.

Pop star Selena Gomez recently decided to pay tribute to the classic sitcom by sporting a famous hairstyle from the show. The hairstyle has been out of fashion for a while now, though it looks like Gomez could be helping to modernize and bring it back.

Selena Gomez was seen with the ‘Rachel’ hairstyle recently

Gomez recently went on the Kelly Clarkson Show to promote her new album, and people could not stop talking about her haircut, which closely resembles Rachel Green’s iconic hairstyle from Friends.

Gomez’s hairstylist, Marissa Marino, even confirmed that the inspiration came from Friends, though it had another famous hairstyle mixed in as well.

“Selena on @kellyclarksonshow today! It’s a great interview so be sure to watch! ✨ hair inspo was ‘The Rachel’ meets Goldie Hawn in First Wives Club,” Marino wrote on Instagram while sharing a clip of Gomez’s new hair.

The ‘Rachel’ was one of the most iconic hairstyles of the 1990s

When Jennifer Aniston debuted the “Rachel” hairstyle in the first season of Friends, many women around the world also started sporting it. The “Rachel” is a bouncy, layered hairstyle that also has highlights and flips at the end. It quickly became one of the well-known hairstyles of the decade.

Although Aniston inspired numerous women, she herself was never a fan of the “Rachel.” In 2011, she told Allure: “I love Chris [McMillan, my hairstylist], and he’s the bane of my existence at the same time because he started that damn Rachel, which was not my best look. How do I say this? I think it was the ugliest haircut I’ve ever seen.”

A few years later, Aniston shared that she also found the hairstyle hard to maintain, which we can assume added more to her hatred for it.

Selena Gomez has been a fan of Friends and Jennifer Aniston for a long time

Aniston may not like the “Rachel” hairstyle, but it does not change the fact that her character has been a source of influence for many people, including Gomez.

Gomez has made it no secret that she is a huge fan of Friends and Aniston herself. Ahead of her appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres Show back in January, which was guest hosted by Aniston, Gomez wrote on social media: “One of my favorite interviews of my life with my childhood/current queen. You can watch it tomorrow if you wanna!”

On the show, Aniston shared that she and Gomez have been friends for years and that Gomez has even been to Aniston’s house. Gomez also revealed to fans the first time that she met Aniston. While many would assume that they both met as celebrities, Gomez shared that it actually happened long before Gomez became a household name.

“Well, nobody knew who I was, and you were in the bathroom, wearing a black dress,” Gomez recalled. “And I think we were at Vanity Fair something event, and I was there with my mom, and I walked into the bathroom and I saw you, and you were just like so nice. You just walked out of the bathroom and you were going back, and my heart like, stopped. And I freaked out and I ran to my mom and I was like, ‘oh my god, I just saw Jennifer Aniston.’ I was like, ‘oh my god,’”

It did not seem like Gomez and Aniston talked much, but the friendly interaction allowed for them to launch a beautiful friendship later on.

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