GMB's Susanna Reid responds to Piers Morgan leaving the show

Sam Warner
·3-min read
Photo credit: ITV
Photo credit: ITV

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Good Morning Britain presenter Susanna Reid has responded to the news that Piers Morgan has left the show.

ITV confirmed his exit yesterday evening (March 9), which came amid a backlash to his criticism of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's interview with Oprah Winfrey – with more than 41,000 people complaining to Ofcom about an episode earlier this week.

Susanna, who presented today's episode with Ranvir Singh, noted that she and Piers "disagreed on many things" over the years working together as co-presenters, and noted that it was "certainly going to be very different" going forward.

Photo credit: ITV
Photo credit: ITV

"A number of people, of course, will know the news, and many of you will not and will be surprised that Piers Morgan is not here this morning," she began.

"Now, Piers and I have disagreed on many things, and that dynamic was one of the things viewers loved about the programme. He is, without doubt, an outspoken, challenging, opinionated, disruptive broadcaster. He has many critics, and he has many fans.

"You will know that I disagreed with him about Meghan's interview. He himself clarified his comments about her mental health on the show yesterday. There are many voices on GMB and everyone has their say. But now Piers has decided to leave the programme."

Photo credit: ITV
Photo credit: ITV

She continued: "Some of you may cheer and others will boo. He has been my presenting partner, Monday to Wednesday, for more than five years.

"And during Brexit and the pandemic and other issues he has been a voice for many of you and a voice many of you have railed against. It is certainly going to be very different, but shows go on, and so on we go."

Ranvir added: "The show is still GMB, we still do our job and we have still got lots to say and lots to debate. But of course for many of you this morning you will be scratching your heads a little bit. But we understand that and a colleague of ours has left, so it is a different atmosphere in the studio today. It is a slightly discombobulating feeling for all of us."

Photo credit: ITV
Photo credit: ITV

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ITV said in its original statement: "Following discussions with ITV, Piers Morgan has decided now is the time to leave Good Morning Britain. ITV has accepted this decision and has nothing further to add."

Yesterday's episode – Piers' last – saw the presenter briefly walk off set after co-star Alex Beresford criticised his treatment of the Duchess of Sussex.

Good Morning Britain airs Mondays through Fridays on ITV.

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