Susanna Reid celebrates GMB's sky-high viewing figures
Susanna Reid breaks her silence to celebrate GMB’s sky-high viewing figures – amid claims she was left ‘furious over a string of embarrassing errors’ on the news show
Susanna Reid was over the moon this week as she celebrated ‘terrific’ viewing figures for Good Morning Britain.
The broadcaster, 52, took to Twitter to share her delight that the breakfast news show had hit their highest figures since June 2021.
And it appears it was a needed uplift, after the presenter was said to be furious earlier this week following a string of embarrassing errors on GMB.
Susanna allegedly ‘made her feelings very clear’ and confronted senior executives after a series of blunders and mistakes made their way into the live broadcast.
Spelling mistakes, wrong dates and graphic mis-designs have all slipped through during live broadcasts of the show in recent weeks, leaving the host allegedly embarrassed.
Susanna Reid celebrated GMB’s sky-high viewing figures this week as she celebrated the highest number
Sharing a grab of herself and co-host Ben Shephard on the show to Twitter this Friday, Susanna detailed her delight at fans tuning into the show.
She wrote: ‘RATINGS: terrific figures for yesterday’s @gmb (and a great week) highest Thursday numbers since June 2021, up 9% and +3.8 share points against the same day last year.
‘We love that you are watching. Back on Monday with @benshephard’.
While earlier this week, it was reported that Susanna was unhappy with errors that were being made by production crew on the show.
Among the errors was one incident in which News Correspondent Ben Chapman’s name was spelt incorrectly during his live broadcast from Romania.
As Ranvir Singh presented the segment, she introduced Ben for his section – with his name appearing on the screen as ‘Ben Champan’.
Another incident saw GMB air a segment paying tribute to the death of Lisa Marie Presley, with the word ‘remembering’ also spelt wrong on screen, as the graphic read: ‘Remebering’.
And that wasn’t all, as the wrong date was shown while Susanna was presenting the show one morning.
Happy with that: Sharing a grab of herself and co-host Ben Shephard on the show to Twitter this Friday, Susanna detailed her delight at fans tuning into the show
Furious? And it appears it was a needed uplift, after the presenter was said to be furious earlier this week following a string of embarrassing errors on GMB
A source told The Sun: ‘She made her feelings very clear, and confronted the senior executives over it.
‘Susanna is totally professional and just wants high standards — as Piers or any other presenter would have done.
‘The last thing anyone wants is her walking away in anger.’
Susanna doesn’t appear to be the only one aggravated by the gaffes, as some viewers took to Twitter during the live morning shows to highlight GMB’s mistakes.
Calling out a poster it had made for rugby player Levi Simeon Davis, who went missing in October 2022, many noticed that the wrong year was printed on the graphic.
‘@gmb your poster for missing Levi has wrong date on it – says October 2023,’ wrote on viewer.
Oops: Among the errors was one incident in which News Correspondent Ben Chapman’s name was spelt incorrectly during a live broadcast from Romania
Blunder: While another incident saw GMB air a segment paying tribute to Lisa Marie Presley, with the word ‘remembering’ spelled incorrectly on screen as ‘remebering’
Getting noticed: Susanna doesn’t appear to be the only one aggravated by the gaffes, as some viewers took to Twitter during the live morning shows to call out GMB on its mistakes
Good Morning Blunders: The errors that occurred on air
News Correspondent Ben Chapman’s name was spelt incorrectly during a live broadcast from Romania
While paying tribute to Lisa Marie Presley, the word ‘remembering’ was spelt incorrectly
The wrong date was shown while Susanna was presenting one morning
Presenter Richard Madeley misgendered Sam Smith, who goes by they/them pronouns
While another advised: ‘Your poster shown on this morning’s news for the missing male is wrong check the date it’s showing October 2023 #GMB.’
Good Morning Britain got into some hot water last week, too, but this time it was a verbal error from presenter Richard rather than a typo.
The presenter was left apologising for misgendering Sam Smith, who uses the pronounds they/them.
Richard had been debating whether or not Sam’s latest music video for I’m Not Here To Make Friends is over-sexualised when the slip-up happened – where he accidentally referred to Sam as ‘he’.
Co-host Susanna was quick to correct his mistake – and Richard then apologised.
And while a panel was discussing the video, Richard also misgendered guest Shivani Dave, who uses they/them pronouns.
Richard apologised a second time and said: ‘I am so sorry. I will learn to do that.’
Shivani later tweeted: ‘Been getting messages from people worried about Richard Madley misgendering me on @GMB
‘I corrected him, he apologised and took it on board. A masterclass on how to do things if you mess up, we shared a thumbs up and I told him his hair looks great.’
Sorry: Good Morning Britain got into some hot water last week too as presenter Richard Madeley was left apologising for misgendering Sam Smith, who goes by they/them pronouns
Incorrrect: Richard had been debating whether or not Sam’s latest music video for I’m Not Here To Make Friends was over-sexualised when he slipped up by accidentally referring to Sam as ‘him’
Having grown up in Croydon and studied broadcast journalism, Susanna had her big break presenting on BBC Breakfast from 2003 to 2014 with the late Bill Turnbull, before moving to Good Morning Britain.
There she famously had the unenviable task of trying to get a word in edgeways alongside Piers Morgan, until he left abruptly in March 2021 following comments he made about the Duchess of Sussex.
There’s been no permanent male anchor since, rather a revolving cast including Richard Madeley, Martin Lewis, Ed Balls and Rob Rinder.
Susanna’s on-air spats
While Susanna is often praised for keeping her composure during live broadcasts, there have been incidents that she’s let her emotions slip in the past.
Earlier in the week, Susanna launched a blistering attack on former Health Secretary Matt Hancock.
The presenter asked him if his affair with aide Gina Coladangelo in fact broke the law and continued to quiz him on the lockdown laws at the time as he attempted to change the subject.
She was praised by viewers who took to Twitter to brand the interview a ‘masterclass’ for any aspiring political journalists.
In November, Susanna launched a withering attack on a Just Stop Oil spokesperson this morning after the group halted traffic on the M25 again by climbing gantries on multiple junctions.
When the group’s spokesperson claimed the media weren’t reporting on events effectively, Susanna launched into an impassioned rant, telling him: ‘You don’t have any idea what this programme does… And you have the audacity to come on here and say we are completely distracted and we’re not talking about the issues?
‘We’re talking about them every single morning, son.’
In 2021, Susanna was left unimpressed when her co-host at the time Alastair Campbell told her to ‘feel his wrinkly apples’ during an impassioned rant about a low-quality Ocado delivery.
Susanna looked unamused as the former Labour press strategist ranted about the condition of his fruit, which the grocery company attributed to a shortage of pickers, lorry drivers and CO2.
The presenter was also famed for her amusing clashes with former co-host Piers Morgan, with the pair famously not seeing eye to eye on numerous occasions.
Bizarre: While Susanna is often praised for keeping her composure during live broadcasts, there have been incidents that she’s let her emotions slip in the past.
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