Susanna Reid thought career was over after BBC Breakfast interview


Susanna recalled the kind words Bill Turnbull told her (Picture: BBC)

Good Morning Britain host Susanna Reid has admitted that she once thought her career would be over after a ‘failure’ BBC Breakfast interview.

Reid presented the news programme between 2003 and 2014, alongside Charlie Stayt and the late Bill Turnbull.

The 51-year-old then joined ITV’s GMB, presenting alongside the likes of Piers Morgan, Richard Madeley, and Ben Shephard.

Speaking about her late co-star, Reid remembered Turnbull as an ‘amazing friend’ who taught her ‘everything at the beginning’ of her career.

The veteran BBC Breakfast broadcaster in September aged 66 following a battle with prostate cancer.

Speaking to Woman&Home, Reid shared: ‘Bill Turnbull taught me everything at the beginning of my career and was an amazing friend.

‘I did my first live shift on BBC Breakfast alongside Bill 20 years ago, and remember doing an interview with a politician who spoke non-stop for three or four minutes.

Bill Turnbull and Susanna Reid

Reid presented alongside the late Bill Turnbull (Picture: PA)
The Good Morning Britain host opened up to woman&home (Picture: women&home/Nicky Johnston)

‘I didn’t have the confidence to say, “Let me stop you there.”‘

She continued: ‘Afterwards I thought, “What an utter failure! My career as a
broadcaster is finished!”

‘We came off-air and Bill said, “You didn’t muck up. You’ll get better. It happens to all of us.”

Reid presented alongside Piers Morgan before he quit GMB in 2021 (Picture: Ken McKay/ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

‘He could have been critical, disdainful or looked down his nose at me, but he was so kind.’

Elsewhere, Reid insisted Morgan is ‘still a really good friend’, telling the publication that they’re ‘still in touch regularly’.

‘Since Piers left, we’re still in touch regularly,’ she said.

‘His legendary Christmas party is not to be missed! We have a million brilliant people working on our show and I love the rotation of male presenters.

‘In the words of the late great Sir Bruce, they’re all my favourites!’

Susanna Reid in Woman & Home

The January issue of woman&home is on sale 08 December 2022 (Picture: woman&home/Nicky Johnston)

The January issue of woman&home is on sale 08 December 2022.

BBC Breakfast airs weekdays from 6am on BBC One and Good Morning Britain airs from 6am on ITV1.

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