GMBs Susanna Reid defends Richard Madeley amid calls for him to be sacked

Good Morning Britain host Susanna Reid has firmly rejected calls for "legend" Richard Madeley to be sacked.

Issuing a strong defence of her part time co-host she told The Sun that Madeley is a "bit bolder with his wording" – but he is a "legend in broadcasting". She added: "He's the founder of This Morning, he's been doing it longer than any of us and he's got a particular way with politicians."

Madeley found himself under fire after asking a controversial question on the Israel-Hamas conflict. In October, Madeley was forced to apologise after asking British-Palestinian MP Layla Moran if there was 'any word on the street' ahead of Hamas's terror attack on Israel.

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But stepping in to explain, Susanna added: "Layla Moran dealt with that with enormous grace and she wasn't offended. In fact, when she was asked about it subsequently, she said it was a total distraction from the real issue."

After the interview with Ms Moran, GMB watchers demanded for the presenter to be removed from air as they lodged complaints to media watchdog Ofcom. But Susanna rebuffed the claims adding that Madeley brings a lot to GMB and he has a really 'loyal audience.'

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Madeley later apologised for the remarks made to the Liberal Democrat MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, and with a statement from a Good Morning Britain spokesperson saying he is "sorry that he has upset viewers'."

The breakfast show spokesperson added that Madeley's intention that morning was to 'understand the mood and atmosphere' of the situation before the heinous deadly attacks launched by Hamas on October 7. And 'he did not mean to imply that she or her family might have had any prior knowledge of the attacks'.

Reid also suggested that Ed Balls is the man and politician former Health Secretary Matt Hancock desperately wishes he was. She admitted that Ed is popular and went from being in government, to reality TV and is now a successful TV host.

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