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Susanna Reid issues Piers Morgan statement: "Shows go on and so on we go"

Susanna Reid issues Piers Morgan statement:
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Susanna Reid returns to Good Morning Britain without Piers Morgan for the first time and addresses the issue head on.

Susanna Reid returned to Good Morning Britain this morning without Piers Morgan for the first time following his decision to quit the breakfast show.

The 55-year-old stepped down yesterday following 41,000 complaints over his fierce reaction to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey.

Morgan was replaced by Ranvir Singh as Reid's co-host on this morning's show and when Reid came on air at 6.30am, she addressed the issue head on.

"A number of people of course will know the news and many of you will not and will be surprised that Piers Morgan is not here this morning," she said.

"Now, Piers and I have disagreed on many things and that dynamic was one of the things that viewers loved about the programme. He is without doubt an outspoken, challenging, opinionated, disruptive broadcaster. He has many critics, and he has many fans.

"You all know that I disagreed with him about Meghan's interview. 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.

"He has been my presenting partner, Monday to Wednesday, 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."

ITV has yet to make any comment on the show's future presenting arrangements.

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