Susanna Reid is without a doubt one of the UK’s most talented presenters.
Her career began at BBC News 24, followed by a move to BBC News Channel, then BBC Breakfast in 2003, where she remained for 11 years before departing for ITV’s rival programme, Good Morning Britain.
During that time, she’s handled everything from breaking news to prickly politicians, but perhaps her biggest challenge to date has been working with one of TV’s most marmite presenters, Piers Morgan, who joined the show in 2015. At our exclusive cover shoot, she revealed what she really thinks of her highly opinionated co-host.
“He’s turned my normal working life on its head in a brilliant way because he’s so dynamic – but he really does wind me up,” she told us. “He likes to keep prodding me until I react and the arguments you see on-air do extend off-air.
“We have a very lively editorial meeting before we go on – Piers is on speakerphone as he’s always late as he only needs three minutes in hair and make-up – and we might disagree about the choice of guest or what we want to get out of the interview. I’ve definitely had to learn to moderate my responses slightly.”
So how does she put up with him? “Early on in my career, I probably wouldn’t have been able to hold my own against someone like Piers, but there’s a benefit to being a middle-aged woman on TV,” she said.
“I’m 47 now and I’ve been doing this job in some shape or form for about 25 years. I’ve built up a lot of resilience in that time and that really is the key. I truly believe that ageing is a blessing to us all.” We couldn’t agree with her more.
But she also revealed a more frivolous side to her relationship with Piers. “We have been known to have a night out together too, but we can only two of three a year because when we go out, we go large!” she explained. “The last time we did it was for my birthday last December and we were partying until about 3am.” He can’t be all that bad then, can he?
Susanna Reid talks Piers, finding love and much more besides in the April 2018 issue of Woman & Home, on sale now. Good Morning Britain airs weekdays from 6am on ITV.