Susanna Reid recalls Ben Shephard's whispered words amid Good Morning Britain anniversary

Ben Shephard and Susanna Reid
Ben Shephard and Susanna Reid -Credit:Getty Images

Susanna Reid has recalled the words whispered to her by Ben Shephard before they presented the first episode of Good Morning Britain almost a decade ago. Soon, the ITV news programme will be celebrating its 10th anniversary on air.

Good Morning Britain will turn 10 on Sunday, April 28, and the show will mark its anniversary live on the programme the next day on Monday, April 29, from 6am.

The ITV breakfast programme, which has seen more than 2,500 episodes air since its launch in April 2014 and sunce being established, the show has been nominated for news coverage Baftas for its Thomas Markle exclusive and a knife crime special and taken home a special award at the Tric (the Television and Radio Industries Club) awards.

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GMB broadcaster Susanna has also picked up presenting prizes at the Royal Television Society (RTS) and Tric awards shows. And now she's reflected on her most memorable moment from over the years.

She spoke about joining the show from BBC Breakfast saying: “The first one has to be the launch. I remember sitting next to the wonderful Ben Shephard, who just as the opening credits were rolling whispered, ‘You’ll never get a second chance to enjoy this moment because this is the only moment we’ll ever launch this programme, Good Morning Britain, on ITV to the nation. So enjoy every second of it'."

She continued: "You can be quite nervous when you’re presenting a new programme as there’s a lot of pressure, lots of responsibility and there is obviously lots of media attention. And when he said that, I just thought, ‘You’re absolutely right!’. In that moment when the music’s running – yes, just enjoy it! So that’s such a memorable moment for me."

Susanna and Ben kicked off Good Morning Britain on ITV -Credit:ITV
Susanna and Ben kicked off Good Morning Britain on ITV -Credit:ITV

She also highlighted her covering the late Queen’s funeral in September 2022 and interviewing former prime minister Boris Johnson before he resigned.

Ben actually left GMB back in February as he was confirmed as the new host of This Morning alongside Cat Deeley with the new duo having since started their tenure at the helm of the ITV daytime show. Kate Garraway took over for the last half an hour of his last show which was dedicated to her friend and co-host of more than 20 years.

She was joined by Susanna and Sean Fletcher, who popped in on their days off, as well as Richard Arnold, Charlotte Hawkins, Andi Peters, Dr Amir Khan and Alex Beresford who were all on hand to wish Ben well in his new job.