10/04/2016 11:27 BST

Susanna Reid Denies She Flirts With ‘Good Morning Britain’ Co-Host Piers Morgan (They’re Just ‘Playful’)

'We have a lot of respect for each other... it works.'

Susanna Reid has played down accusations that she flirts with her ‘Good Morning Britain’ co-host Piers Morgan.

Instead, the 45-year-old reckons the pair are just being ‘playful’.

Susanna and the former editor of The Mirror have become known for their love/hate on-screen relationship, since they started presenting the ITV morning show together last year.

But Susanna reckons people are making far too big a deal out of it.


She told the Daily Mail: “I calm down his excesses. We have a lot of respect for each other. People make a big deal about our banter and our…

“I don’t flirt with Piers, but we are playful and antagonistic and it works.”

Well it certainly appears to be working as since Piers joined Susanna on the ‘GMB’ sofa Monday to Wednesday, viewing figures have increased by 5 percent and now over a million of us regularly tune in to see him try and wind her up live on air.

But despite his attempts to embarrass her, Susanna insists that she’s ‘unembarrassable’.

“You have to be!” she laughs.

“I describe him as a mini tornado,” she adds. “The chairs start spinning, the papers go everywhere, interviewees never know what’s going to happen to them.

“He always gives his interviews a bit of an edge. He takes them by the collar and shakes them until nuggets of headline fall out. We could all learn from that.”

High praise indeed.


Last month Piers poured scorn on claims that the seating arrangement of male/female TV presenting duos reflect sexist attitudes about men being more credible as journalists.

“It’s just deep-rooted misogyny in newsrooms where editors think a man somehow has more authority," he told The Guardian.

“Of course the people who make these decisions tend to be men themselves.

“Sadly women on breakfast news programmes, particularly, have the role of the bit of fluff by his side. They are there to smile, laugh, giggle or tease – and to show legs and cleavage.”

He’s joking (we think).

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