Susanna Reid says Piers Morgan helped her get 'thicker skinned' with online trolls

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Susanna Reid says she has learned how to deal with 'Good Morning Britain' trolls. (Lia Toby/Getty Images)
Susanna Reid says she has learned how to deal with 'Good Morning Britain' trolls. (Lia Toby/Getty Images)

Susanna Reid has credited Piers Morgan with helping her to become "thicker skinned" when dealing with online trolls.

The 51-year-old Good Morning Britain presenter told The Sun's Fabulous magazine that it is "definitely the case" she has been able to grow into her high-profile role thanks to his input and advice.

"I do feel that I am thicker skinned, more resilient, bolder, but with sensitivity," said Reid.

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She added: "You grow as a presenter and whatever job you’re doing, and whoever you’re working with, you’ll probably pick up some of their things but also develop your own skills as well.

"You’re constantly looking around at the way that other people are doing interviews. Piers is one of the influences on the way that I operate, but there are many influences."

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Reid said it's true to suggest that female presenters can often receive more flak than their male co-stars, but that Morgan received torrents of hate every day while they worked together.

She added: "I’ve seen the things that he gets and it’s actually been dreadful for him. So it is absolutely not the case that he does things and I get all the abuse.

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"Did I used to get criticism? Yes. But online, you’ll get criticised for anything. Your choice is whether to listen or not. And if you listen to it, filter what is helpful.

"I remember people would say ‘why don’t you pipe down more?’ and other people would say ‘why didn’t you speak up?’. If you listen to all the criticism and take it all seriously, you would just go mad."

Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid formed a close friendship while hosting 'Good Morning Britain' together. (ITV)
Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid formed a close friendship while hosting 'Good Morning Britain' together. (ITV)

Reid said her priority is raising her three sons — whose father is her journalist ex Dominic Cotton — to be "kind, respectful, loving" people who don't indulge in toxic behaviour, on or offline.

The star said her sons mostly stay away from her TV work and her trolls, as well as being unaware that she has a considerable number of male admirers.

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"That would go over their heads and certainly would not be a conversation that I would initiate with them. It would be really weird," she said.

"I think they love it that I can dress up and look nice and be on telly. They don’t watch me. Sometimes clips of the programme are on TikTok and there’s a little bit of a ‘wow okay, mum’s on TikTok', but it’s not a big deal."

Susanna Reid says she's focusing on bringing up her sons to treat women in the right way. (Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
Susanna Reid says she's focusing on bringing up her sons to treat women in the right way. (Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

Reid joined Good Morning Britain alongside Morgan when it launched in 2014, having spent more than a decade as part of the BBC Breakfast team.

She has remained friends with Morgan after his departure from the programme amid a row over Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's interview with Oprah Winfrey.

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Despite their bond, Reid said she has no plans to join Morgan on his new show for Rupert Murdoch's new broadcast venture talkTV when it launches later this year.

She said: "Piers is a brilliant broadcaster and he has a voice that is loud and powerful. No [he hasn’t asked me to join him] – he knows perfectly well I’m happy where I am.”

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