Susanna Reid recalls being ‘stunned into silence’ over Piers Morgan’s GMB appointment

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On Monday morning Susanna Reid, 49, and Piers Morgan, 55, celebrated their five-year anniversary since he joined the Good Morning Britain team back in 2015. And with spirits high, she cast herself back to the moment she learned the outspoken presenter would be replacing Ben Shepherd; a moment that stunned her into silence.

Stunned silence followed by, ‘Are you SURE?’

Twitter user

In response to Piers’ tweet calling Susanna a “lucky devil” for having to deal with him for half a decade, she replied: “Congratulations to the whole @gmb team for getting through the last five years……”

A TV executive responded with a little throwback memory that left Susanna laughing.

“I still remember your reaction when I phoned to tell you he was coming,” the Twitter user wrote.

“Stunned silence followed by, ‘Are you SURE?’

“I replied, ‘No, but we’ll soon find out…’ Congrats on a fantastic 5 years!”

Yesterday’s broadcast saw Susanna present her on-screen partner with a pair of puppets in a special nod to their anniversary.

Piers said: “Who would have thought it? It’s been a rocky road, to put it lightly, but we’re still here.”

The 49-year-old chimed in: “Congratulations. You’ve put up with a lot as well.”

Reflecting on the pitfalls of early morning television, Piers said: “It basically kills you. It destroys you, inch by inch.”

Going into more detail, Susanna added: “Five years ago the editor walked into my dressing room and said, ‘We have a proposal which is Piers Morgan might come and sit next to you on the programme.’

“I had to take my microphone off because I didn’t want anybody else to hear my reaction to that news,” she giggled.

“Or the profanity!” Piers joked.

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The pair went on to show footage of their first day on the show together alongside their co-star Charlotte Hawkins, poking fun at the change in their appearances over the course of the five long years.

“Trying to work out how much weight I’ve put on and hair I’ve lost,” the father-of-four remarked.

“There’s at least a stone difference for both of us,” added Susanna, who turns 50 next month, while introducing the clip.

Their celebrity pals came out in force to celebrate with them in style, with EastEnders actors Danny Dyer and Jake Wood sending a video message recorded outside the Queen Vic pub.

There were also messages from Dame Joan Collins, Bond girl Britt Ekland and Ulrika Jonsson raised a glass of early morning rum to the pair.

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.

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