Susanna Reid breaks silence on rumours Piers Morgan could return to Good Morning Britain

The TV presenter reflects on the day he walked away

Susannah Reid
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Susannah Reid has described the day Piers Morgan walked out on Good Morning Britain as "surreal," "intense" and "raw".

The TV presenter had been at the helm of Good Morning Britain with her outspoken counter-part since 2015 and had no idea that fateful day would be their last presenting together.

Piers Morgan famously walked off set after Alex Beresford called him out for "trash-talking" Meghan Markle continuously on the show.

And now, six months later, Susannah has finally opened up about what that day was like for her, as she said an emotional goodbye to her former co-host.

Speaking to Weekend magazine, she revealed, "I didn’t think he’d really leave the show. That was definitely another shock. The whole thing was intense, raw and emotional. Piers had been the person I’d sat alongside and forged a successful partnership with for five years. 

"I thought, 'Whoah! What happens next?' He was controversial, outspoken, stimulating and provocative. So there were going to be reverberations for me and the show."

Piers Morgan

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And there has been as the show's ratings have plunged since Piers' departure with just 450,000 tuning in every morning.

Susannah now sits alongside a range of different people, from Ben Shepherd to Adil Ray and Richard Madeley.

Earlier this week it was revealed Piers—who previously said he didn't believe Meghan when she told Oprah Winfrey she had felt suicidal at points—had been cleared by Ofcom, who found that his remarks about Meghan did not breach broadcasting standards, despite record complaints.

An Ofcom spokesperson said, "This was a finely-balanced decision. Mr Morgan’s comments were potentially harmful and offensive to viewers, and we recognise the strong public reaction to them.

"But we also took full account of freedom of expression. Under our rules, broadcasters can include controversial opinions as part of legitimate debate in the public interest, and the strong challenge to Mr Morgan from other contributors provided important context for viewers.

"Nonetheless, we’ve reminded ITV to take greater care around content discussing mental health and suicide in future."

And it was a verdict Piers was "thrilled" about, jokingly tweeting, "So do I get my job back?"

So now the question on everyone's lips is whether Piers will return to the Good Morning Britain sofa.

But Susannah is certain it won't happen. "He’s not left ITV – he’s still doing Life Stories. But no, he won’t be back on the GMB sofa."

Georgia Farquharson
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