Susanna Reid says Piers Morgan ‘toughened her up’

Susanna Reid believes Piers Morgan has 'toughened her up' credit:Bang Showbiz
Susanna Reid believes Piers Morgan has 'toughened her up' credit:Bang Showbiz

Susanna Reid believes Piers Morgan has “toughened her up”.

The 53-year-old journalist presented 'Good Morning Britain' alongside Piers, 59, from 2014 until his abrupt exit in 2021 and she has since presented with a host of others but still has a very "personal" connection with her former co-star even though they didn't always see eye-to-eye on air.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror newspaper, she said: “I am still friends with Piers.

“We were doing a story about potholes last week. I got a text from Piers saying, ‘You are currently filming in the car park next to my home in Sussex. I can tell you personally what the potholes are like.’ So he still watches and tells me what he thinks.

“And, look, we are personally still very connected. He played a massive part in our show’s success. I’ve got a huge amount to thank him for.

“He made me a better broadcaster.

"He toughened me up. I didn’t just go on air and spar with the guests, I sparred with Piers.”

The TV star has hosted the show since its inception and stressed she was looking to present the programme until ITV bosses “decide they don’t want [her] anymore”.

She said: “I’m a stick of rock with ‘Good Morning Britain’ running through me for ten years.

“I’ll be at ‘GMB’ until they decide they don’t want me anymore. I love it.

“Honestly, there is no better job in broadcasting. Every day, you turn up at the same time and finish at the same time.

“But what happens between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. is always different. It’s so dynamic, you feel like you have had a workout every morning.

“You can do anything once you’ve presented ‘Good Morning Britain’.”

Since Pier’s departure, Susanna has hosted the programme alongside ‘This Morning’ presenter Ben Shepard and money expert Martin Lewis.

Presently, she hosts the show on rotation with former ‘I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Here!’ contestant Richard Madeley and ex-Labour MP Ed Balls.

She said: “I love going to work every day because it’s never the same. And Richard and Ed bring such brilliant qualities to the programme.

“Ed knows everything about how the political system works, so he can explain the mechanisms, the intricacies of a world we just can see from the outside.

“And then, Richard has boundless enthusiasm. He’s just so interested in everything, just has such energy. And is a unique broadcaster, I think we would acknowledge. Viewers just love him. He’s a legend.”