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The host presented the ITV show alongside Richard Madeley on Monday (18 October).
During the episode, Conservative MP Stephen Barclay was invited on to discuss a report about what was described in the segment as the government’s “Covid failures”.
Reid and Madeley questioned the MP on whether he believed the delayed response to Covid-19 “cost lives”.
Madeley proceeded to surmise viewer feedback to the government’s actions, stating: “I have to say the majority of people are surprisingly forgiving and are actually saying they understand the reasons for some of the mistakes wasn’t malpractice, but it was basically scientific ignorance.
“There are others, however who are extremely angry, particularly those who lost loves ones in care homes. But on the whole, you seem to be getting away with it.”
Here, Reid interjected: “Sorry, I take issue with that. There’s a litany of mistakes. I’m afraid you haven’t got away with anything. As this report shows too many things were done too late. But we appreciate your time.”
“Thank heavens for @susannareid100, at least she was trying to hold the minister to account,” one viewer wrote, with another adding: “Susanna Reid...well done for summing it up and closing it down.”
One viewer, referencing Madeley’s comparisons to Steve Coogan’s comedy creation Alan Partridge, added: “Reid just put Alan Partridge on the naughty step!”
Dragon’s Den star Deborah Meaden replied: “Good work @susannareid100 they only get away with it if we let them...and you didn’t.”
It was highlighted by many that Madeley wasn’t expressing his own opinion about the government. but was merely referencing the feedback received from GMB viewers.