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Piers Morgan, 55, has responded to Good Morning Britain fans who noticed Susanna Reid, 49, appearing to have a cheeky rummage around near his seat on the ITV show earlier this week. Many viewers pointed out the “inappropriate” move and questioned what Susanna was doing with her hands.
However, Piers has now poked fun at the moment and insisted it wasn’t as racy as it looked on TV.
As a result of GMB editors filming Piers and Susanna on separate cameras then splicing the screens together, it appears as if they are sitting side by side.
Susanna was actually searching near her own chair for a scotch egg at the time, while the duo discussed politician Michael Gove’s declaration that the food item counts as a “substantial meal”.
The conversation between the presenters came after the UK government said that in tier two areas, pubs are only allowed to serve alcoholic drinks if they are served with a “substantial” meal due to coronavirus restrictions.
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In spite of fans being aware of the split screen format on the show, which has been implemented because of social distancing rules, many took to social media to ask why Susanna was “fondling” Piers.
Clearing up the situation, Piers shared a clip of the moment in view of his Twitter and Instagram followers this evening.
The outspoken journalist captioned the video: “This wasn’t how it looked..,” alongside crying with laughter emojis.
Social media users flocked to the comments section of Piers’ post to share their thoughts.
One person wrote: “@piersmorgan I saw this and thought!! Ohh wow that looks Really inappropriate for morning tv lucky man.”
Another added: “Just having a rustle in Santa’s sack.”
A third viewer commented: “Kids watching the show would be like ‘Mummy what’s that woman on the tv doing to that man’ lol.”
A fourth person replied: “Looked like she was reaching for your scotch egg – made me giggle.”
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A fifth fan penned: “Lol what was @susannareid100 having a rummage for in your groin?”
Piers and Susanna previously addressed the funny effects the split screen can create on the programme.
In October, a giggling Piers told viewers: “Someone’s just (tweeted in) and said, ‘Piers, your split screen effect occasionally makes Susanna appear to be fondling your bottom’.”
Susanna then jokingly extended her arm in Piers’ direction and looked the other way as if she was about to tickle him.
Piers let out an “oof” and then burst into laughter.
Newsreader Ranvir Singh tried to shut down the pair’s mischievous antics, by saying: “Oh for God’s sake. You two!”
But that didn’t stop Piers, who continued: “Susanna, stop it!
“Just to show you the wide shot everybody, she’s actually miles away.”
He added: “I can now never look at this split screen the same way. But she can’t even reach my bottom if she did want to fondle it.”
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