13/05/2014 03:55 BST | Updated 13/05/2014 04:59 BST

'Good Morning Britain' Presenter Ben Shephard Hits Out At Criticism Of ITV Breakfast Show, Says 'Susanna Reid Is Brilliant'

'Good Morning Britain' presenter Ben Shephard has leapt to the defence of his co-host Susanna Reid and demanded people stop focusing on her legs.

Some viewers have commented that the former 'Strictly' star's pins have been hidden behind a desk since the ITV breakfast show launched last month.

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Ben Shephard

But Ben has hit out at the comments, saying people should focus on Susanna's journalism skills.

He told The Sun: “I find it extraordinary. It beggars belief people say that. She’s an incredible journalist who has worked for 20-odd years in this industry and seemingly that is important? There is quite a lot more happening in the world.”

Ben also defended the show's ratings, which currently stand at around 600,000, which is half the viewers that 'BBC Breakfast' pull in.

“Any TV show is hard to get right. It is something that gets worked on for years and years and years," he said.

“The X Factor now is not The X Factor when I worked on it at the turn of the century.

"These things will naturally develop and grow and become something different.

“When we set out to launch Good Morning Britain, it was very much about something that was going to be organic and grow over a period of time.

“The response that we have had directly from the people who are watching is all really positive.

“I have had the pleasure of working with some broadcasters and journalists over the years and without a doubt, in a short space of time, I have realised how brilliant Susanna is.”

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The 'Good Morning Britain' presenting team

And Ben isn't the only person singing Susanna's praises, fellow news presenter Natasha Kaplinsky has also been lending her support.

She told The Mirror: “It looks great so far, although I was getting two children dressed and washing my hair and feeding the dogs and cats at the time.

“I know Susanna and went to see her in the 'Strictly' final because it was 10 years since I won. She seemed to be having a ball and really enjoying it.”

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