Piers Morgan hopes to ‘stay friends’ with Susanna Reid despite ‘frosty’ reaction to exit

GMB: Piers Morgan jokes about 'quitting live on air' in 2018

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Piers Morgan, 56, revealed he hoped he and his co-host Susanna Reid, 50, would “stay friends” despite his sensational exit from Good Morning Britain last month. It comes after he seemed a little surprised by her “frosty” reaction to his departure in her on-air statement the following morning.

Jeez. Even my real ex-wife talks more fondly about me

Piers Morgan

Writing in his tell-all MailOnline column, the outspoken host reflected on his co-star’s response, which even he admitted was “less fond” than that of his own ex-wife.

“At 6.30am, I turned on GMB to see what my ‘TV wife’ Susanna would say about our sudden divorce,” he penned.

But he wasn’t prepared for the snappy announcement.

“Stony-faced, she read a short, rather frosty statement, ‘Piers and I have disagreed on many things and that dynamic was one of the things viewers loved about the programme.

“‘He is without doubt an outspoken, challenging, opinionated, disruptive broadcaster.'”

She continued to point out his ability to divide fans and how they disagreed with each other over Meghan Markle’s interview with Oprah Winfrey.

“‘He himself clarified his comments about her mental health on the show yesterday. There are many voices on GMB, and everyone has their say.

“‘But now Piers has decided to leave the programme. Some of you may cheer and others will boo.'”

She added: “‘He has been my presenting partner for more than five years and during Brexit and the pandemic and other issues he has been a voice for many of you, and a voice that many of you have railed against.

“‘It is certainly going to be very different but shows go on and so on we go.'”

Not able to hide his feelings, Piers addressed the “frosty” acknowedgement writing: “Jeez. Even my real ex-wife talks more fondly about me than that (and, in fact, did so overnight in a very supportive message).”

But he clarified that despite their disagreement over the controversial royal interview, he and Susanna hadn’t fallen out.

He continued: “I got an instant flurry of new texts from bemused friends asking if we’d fallen out.

“We haven’t. But I suspect Susanna’s feeling angry and sad at me leaving just when the show’s soared to new audience heights, concerned for her own future, fearful of troll abuse for publicly backing me (she’s had a repulsive barrel-load of that over the years just for sitting next to me), and general discombobulation at the dramatic turn of events.

“I hope we stay friends because Susanna’s a decent person and we’ve been through a lot together.”

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He then quipped, cheekily: “There aren’t many women I’ve seen hundreds of times at 5am in their curlers and dressing gowns.”

Piers exit was sudden and left the nation shocked that he had taken it upon himself to leave the flagship show, after he had previously stated he would have to be dragged “kicking and screaming” from the building if bosses ever wanted to get rid of him.

But there’s one thing about leaving that he regrets majorly – and one thing only.

Over the course of last year, the outspoken presenter raged at the Government for boycotting the program for fear, he believes, to go up against him holding them “to account” for their handling on the coronavirus pandemic.

Despite all ministers staying away from GMB, there was one person in particular that Piers wanted to talk to – Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

And low and behold, not long before he stood down from his post on the ITV flagship news program, Mr Johnson finally agreed to an interview, which now won’t happen.

Piers couldn’t quite believe his (bad) luck, saying: “Ironically, Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the man who ducked GMB for the past four years and even ran and hid in a fridge to avoid answering our questions, had finally agreed to an interview with me at No 10 next month.

“That it won’t now happen is my only regret about leaving.”

GMB continues weekdays at 6am on ITV.

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