Susanna Reid sends Piers Morgan her ‘very best wishes’ as it is revealed her GMB co-host ‘doesn’t have coronavirus symptoms’ but is off the show as a precaution while he awaits Covid-19 test results
- The presenter started feeling unwell over the weekend and will stay off the show
- He had been going into the London studio each morning, doing his own make-up
- He will not appear until his test results come back, which are expected today
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Piers Morgan could return to Good Morning Britain as early as tomorrow if his coronavirus test proves negative, his colleagues told viewers of the show this morning.
The presenter, 55, does not have symptoms consistent with Covid-19 but has taken a test and is remaining off the show as a precaution, TV doctor Hilary Jones explained on ITV show today.
Co-presenter Susana Reid, who is joined by Mr Morgan’s temporary replacement Ben Shephard this morning, added: ‘We send our very best wishes to Piers and promise to be on our very best behaviour.’
Mr Morgan had previously announced on Twitter that he would not be on the show today after feeling unwell over the weekend.
He had been going into the west London studio every morning, doing his own make-up and sitting two metres away from co-host Susanna Reid.
Mr Morgan tweeted on Sunday night: ‘UPDATE: On medical advice, and out of an abundance of caution for a mild symptom that arose in past 48hrs, I’ve had a test for COVID-19 and so won’t be working on @GMB until I get the result back, which should be tomorrow.’
The presenter (left with co-host Susanna Reid) has been one of the strongest voices holding the government to account throughout the crisis
The presenter, 55, is not exhibiting symptoms consistent with Covid-19 but has taken a test and is remaining off the show as a precaution, TV doctor Hilary Jones (pictured) explained on ITV show this morning
It comes after Ms Reid self-isolated at her London home for two weeks in March following a member of her household developing symptoms of the bug.
Mr Morgan, who is usually on the show with Ms Reid from Monday to Wednesday, has been one of the strongest voices holding the government to account during the crisis.
Since the country was put in lockdown on March 23, he has become the interviewer ministers fear most due to his ruthless scrutinising of the facts.
He has spoken truth to power at every turn, including fiercely questioning decisions made by both the UK and US governments.
In an article for MailOnline on Thursday, the columnist branded Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s first press briefing back after beating Covid ‘complete and utter bullsh*t’.
He said Mr Johnson’s speech had made US President Donald Trump seem credible and that his Brexit strategy cannot be used to beat the virus.
In an article for MailOnline on Thursday the columnist branded Prime Minister Boris Johnson (pictured) first press briefing back after beating Covid ‘complete and utter bullsh*t’
Mr Morgan wrote: ‘When Boris fans, the vast majority of them with union jack flags and Brexit slogans in their profiles, scream abuse at me all day long on Twitter for challenging their hero’s coronavirus strategy, they do so because to them, any criticism of the government over this crisis is a re-run of the viciously toxic and partisan Brexit campaign.’
He added: ‘None of Boris Johnson’s political skills that won him the Referendum and December’s election are working like they did before the virus struck.’
The journalist pointed to a chart that was shown at the end of the briefing on the ‘Global Death Comparision’.
He spotted how it showed the UK was trending to be the second worst hit country in the world for Covid-19 deaths.
On Sunday the number of fatalities in Britain rose by 315 to 28,446, putting it on course to become the hardest hit in Europe.
Its toll is now 264 behind Italy – the continent’s original epicentre – which it will likely overtake tomorrow to suffer the second highest fatalities in the world after the US.
Mr Johnson was not the only world leader Mr Morgan has targeted, with him going toe-to-toe with President Trump over the US’s coronavirus strategy.
The presenter has repeatedly called out Mr Trump’s approach to the bug, which has rampaged across the US and killed more than 65,000 people.
The presenter has repeatedly called out Mr Trump’s (pictured on Sunday) approach to the bug, which has rampaged across the US and killed more than 65,000 people
This culminating in him saying Mr Trump was ‘batsh*t crazy’ for his handling of the crisis.
The US President faced widespread ridicule after he suggested tackling coronavirus with the use of ‘powerful’ UV light or even injecting patients with disinfectant.
Starting his column by telling Mr Trump to ‘shut the f*** up’, Mr Morgan admonished the President for using his position to air the ‘batsh*t crazy theories’.
The presenter later announced Mr Trump had unfollowed him on Twitter.
Mr Morgan’s approach to politicians was vindicated last week when OFCOM cleared him for his ‘combative’ style.
The GMB host attracted more than 3,000 complaints from two interviews with care minister Helen Whately on the show last month.
Almost 600 viewers also complained about another interview with Health Secretary Matt Hancock on April 16.
But Ofcom said: ‘It is clearly in the public interest that broadcasters are able to hold those making political decisions to account.’
Mr Morgan grilled Ms Whately about the number of NHS and care workers who have died from Covid-19 and accused her of ‘massively understating’ the effects of the virus.
In the interview Mrs Whately claimed 76 NHS and care workers had died from the disease, to which the host replied: ‘You see these numbers again, are completely wrong.
Care Minister Helen Whately (right) was on the receiving end of two of the journalist’s (left) most memorable displays within the space of a week last month
‘The real figure of all the people who work in the NHS and care homes who have died is actually 111.’
Mr Hancock was challenged by the MailOnline columnist on whether he would volunteer for a salary reduction.
During the exchange on April 16, Morgan was also angered when the politician claimed the Government was prepared for the pandemic, telling him: ‘Stop playing that game with me, Mr Hancock. You’re buying yourself a bit of time.’
Mr Morgan said he would have ‘admired’ Mr Hancock more if he would have just admitted that the Department of Health ‘had not been prepared’ for the impact the coronavirus pandemic has had on the National Health Service.
He added: ‘Your resolute refusal to concede you made any mistakes here grates with me and misjudges the public mood’.
The pair continued to clash as Morgan chastised Mr Hancock, reminding him he runs the show after the politician urged him to ‘let him speak’, during the interview.
On Good Morning Britain Mr Morgan said of the watchdog investigation: ‘They have not held up any of the complaints. I’m glad about that.
‘Freedom of speech matters and journalists doing their job matters. Getting the government to think about every decision they are taking matters, holding them to account matters.
‘We do our job they do theirs. But we are all on the same side here and we shouldn’t mistake challenging government’s with wanting government to fail.
‘I want our government to succeed. We do this challenging everyday with ministers to help them make better decisions, so that fewer people die.
‘We are on the same side against the same enemy. It’s not a referendum, its not an election, its one virus against the world.’
It is not clear who will step in for Mr Morgan while he is off.
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