Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid 'sign off for the summer' as GMB presenter admits it's been 'a very long year'

PIERS Morgan and Susanna Reid "signed off for the summer" earlier today, with the Good Morning Britain presenters admitting it had been a "very long year".

The pair ended the episode with a montage of their best moments from the past few months ahead of their lengthy summer break.

It even nodded at the nicknames a cruel toll had given the pair, Shouty and Pouty, which Piers has taken ownership off – admitting that he "loves" the moniker, with he Shouty and his co-host Pouty.

Before showing the video montage, Piers thanked the crew at ITV for their hard work in a difficult 2020.

He said: "Behind the scenes at GMB there is this enormous team of people all of whom have been working unbelievable hours a lot of self sacrifice..

"Not seeing families and as we all go off from a break – I think we probably all need a break from each other.

"But I want to say a big thank you, I know Susanna will too, to all the GMB behind the scenes.

"I think we have produced some of the best television journalism that anyone has done in this pandemic, and it's down to this team behind us."

Piers continued: "Our brilliant team upstairs decided to commemorate this – because we thought we look like a couple of hot detectives at the top of our game."

The clips played up to the Shouty and Pouty nicknames, and ended with 49-year-old Susanna telling her co-star: "You for one need to pipe down."

Returning to the studio, Piers said: "Well we are going to pipe down, because it's been a very long year and we are going to take a little break.

"We want to thanks viewers for all the feedback you've given us, a lot of good feedback or the not so good feedback.

"But you know what, we take all feedback, that's why we live in a democracy – we're allowed to have an opinion."

In a final sign-off, the divisive star said: "Thank you to the viewers, have a good summer, try and get a break. It's been a tough time for everybody. Shouty and Pouty are off."

It was an emotional final episode for the pair, with their friend and co-host Kate Garraway returning to the studio for the first time since March, breaking down in tears as she discussed her husband Derek Draper's ongoing battle with coronavirus.

Derek has been in a coma since April, and Kate has bravely been updating fans about his condition on both social media and GMB, and will return to present the show on Monday.

Earlier this week, Piers and Susanna had viewers worried yesterday when they revealed that this is their last week hosting the ITV breakfast show.

However, they soon clarified that they will be returning in September – although Piers did tease that he could "possibly" leave next year.

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