Stop trying to be Piers Richard Madeley blasted over car crash GMB interview style
Richard Madeley says former Green leader’s answer is ‘disgrace’
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Richard Madeley was back on Monday to co-host Good Morning Britain with Susanna Reid. The duo interviewed a number of guests throughout the programme including the likes of Martin Clunes, MP James Cleverly and former Green Party leader, Natalie Bennett. However, some viewers were left unimpressed by Richard’s interview technique in a number of interviews. With many accusing the host of trying to be Piers Morgan.
Richard is one of many hosts who have stepped into co-host GMB with Susanna since Piers’ sudden departure in March.
ITV bosses are yet to confirm whether Susanna will have a permanent co-host.
In recent months, Susanna has been joined by the likes of Adil Ray, Ben Shephard and Martin Lewis.
However, following Monday’s instalment, many viewers were left unhappy with Richard’s interview method.
Pickle tweeted: “I see Richard Madeley is trying hard to be the next Piers Morgan. As usual Susanna just sits there pulling strange faces & not saying a word.” (sic)
Anne replied: “But he never will be a PIERS.”
Don raged: “The smug Richard Madeley grin at the end of that interview… more interested in trying to be Piers Morgan. Piers you ain’t mate.” (sic)
Stephen pleaded: “We know what your agenda is. You have no place on a prime-time news programme. Bring back Martin Lewis who is educated and factual in his questions.”
“What a car crash of an interview,” Garry said of Richard and Susanna’s chat with MP Cleverly. “You allowed Cleverly to waffle for over half the time, and as for Partridge, brutal reshuffle, what planet is he on…… then allow Cleverly to spout lies on emissions aaahhhh!” (sic)
Other viewers claimed to have “switched off” the programme, with Fiona tweeting: “#gmb until such times Richard Madeley is on, I will continue to switch channels.” (sic)
Shell said: “Listened to 5 minutes of Richard Madeley ranting this morning and switched over. I won’t be watching GMB with him on it.”
Despite the backlash from some GMB fans, others took to social media to praise the host for his interview technique.
@LondonUK penned: “Well done, Richard speaking the truth. No one denies the right to protest; but if it blocks a motorway and potentially puts people’s lives at risk this should not be allowed!” (sic)
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Tash said: “Well who knew this morning I would be passionately agreeing with Richard Madeley. But here we are.
“Richard ripped her to pieces. Fantastic,” Andi said referring to Richard’s interview with former Green Party leader, Natalie Bennett.
Richard grilled the former MP about the climate activists who continued to cause traffic disruptions following a week of M25 protests.
Richard ended up snapping at Natalie as he recalled a story he heard from an LBC caller who was caught up in the traffic with his poorly mother.
Their trip to the hospital was delayed by several hours because of the demonstrations, leading to paralysis for the caller’s mother.
As the MP tried to offer her sympathies for the mother, Richard ranted: “Big deal, that’s not helping them, is it?”
“She’s paralysed, she’s paralysed because she was stuck in traffic for six hours when she should’ve been in hospital getting blood thinners, and you offer your sympathies.
“I don’t think they want your sympathies, they want you to explain why you think it’s reasonable to do that to another human being in the cause of what you regard as for the greater good.”
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.
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