Piers Morgan reveals friendship with Susanna Reid is in doubt after 'fearing troll abuse' for publicly backing him

PIERS Morgan has revealed his friendship with Susanna Reid is in doubt after she admitted "fearing troll abuse" for publicly backing him.

The 55-year-old has spoken in depth for the first time since quitting Good Morning Britain – and told how "angry" Susanna Reid punished him with a "frosty" farewell on air.

Writing in the Mail on Sunday about Susanna's on air monologue following his departure, Piers said: "I got an instant flurry of new texts from bemused friends asking if we'd fallen out.

"We haven't. But I suspect Susanna's feeling angry and sad at me leaving just when the show's soared to new audience heights, concerned for her own future, fearful of troll abuse for publicly backing me (she's had a repulsive barrel-load of that over the years just for sitting next to me), and general discombobulation at the dramatic turn of events."

Fuelling concern that the famous "shouty and pouty" duo's friendship isn't guaranteed, Piers said: "I hope we stay friends because Susanna's a decent person and we've been through a lot together."

He went on to reveal Susanna had rung him for a long "clear-the-air chat" and apologised for the tone of her chilly goodbye, adding "which was for all the reasons I suspected".

He said sorry for leaving her in the lurch so suddenly – and now the pair have plans for a belated drunken leaving do.

In his column, Piers revealed Susanna rushed out of the studio after him following his fallout with Alex Beresford the day before.

The show's weatherman slammed his co-star for his continual criticism of Meghan Markle in light of her Oprah Winfrey interview.

Piers was livid at being called out by a colleague and stormed off, prompting Alex to call him "diabolical".

Susanna talked him into returning after a 20-minute break to 'cool down'.

The following day, she remained void of emotion as she said: "Piers and I have disagreed on many things and that dynamic was one of the things viewers loved about the programme. 

"He is without doubt an outspoken, challenging, opinionated, disruptive broadcaster.

"He has many critics, and he has many fans. You will know that I disagreed with him about Meghan's interview. 

"He himself clarified his comments about her mental health on the show yesterday. There are many voices on GMB, and everyone has their say.

"But now Piers has decided to leave the programme. Some of you may cheer and others will boo. 

"He has been my presenting partner for more than five years and during Brexit and the pandemic and other issues he has been a voice for many of you, and a voice that many of you have railed against. 

"It is certainly going to be very different but shows go on and so on we go."

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