Susanna Reid says she's in 'constant battle' for airtime with Piers Morgan

She struggled with her co-host over their first few years as colleagues

Rachel Hosie
Tuesday 19 June 2018 15:28
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Susanna Reid says she feels she’s in a “constant battle” for airtime with her Good Morning Britain co-host Piers Morgan.

“Sometimes I open my mouth to ask a question and hear Piers’s voice come out,” the presenter told Radio Times.

Although she and Morgan are regularly seen debating on live television, Reid has previously admitted that her co-host’s outspoken nature has reduced her to tears in the past.

Reid moved from BBC Breakfast to ITV’s Good Morning Britain in 2014, and Morgan joined her as co-host in 2015.

She told the magazine that when she learned who her new colleague would be, “I was like… Arghhh!… Sitting next to a hedgehog.” And, she says, she struggled with their relationship until last year.

Despite this, the duo have proved to be a winning partnership for ITV, despite the fact that the show’s viewing figures still trail behind those of their rival, BBC Breakfast.

Reid says her troublesome relationship with Morgan came to a head when he was heavily critical of the Women’s Marches in 2017 - and she was criticised for it.

“It wasn’t women who were criticising me, it was the men,” she said. “They accused me of enabling his anti-feminist views.

“The man sitting next to me was spouting off whatever he believes, which I don’t agree with, and I was trying to stand up for my views, and the right for women to march.

“I had men telling me it was my fault he was saying this. And I was just like, I’ve had enough of men telling me how I should be a feminist. I’ve had enough of it.”

Now, however, Reid says she’s realised she’s not responsible for what Morgan says and it’s not her job “to pick up the pieces.”

Although Morgan is reportedly paid more than Reid, she has revealed she doesn’t know what her co-star earns nor is she bothered: “I have no reason to be complaining about my pay. I’m well paid,” Reid said.

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