GMB host Susanna Reid hits out at Richard Madeley for deceptive journalism

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Good Morning Britain turned frosty this morning as presenter Susanna Reid accused her co-host of "deceptive journalism".

Richard Madeley was hosting the show alongside Susanna on Wednesday (June 8) and describing how he met his co-star wife Judy Finnigan through reporting on a Rubik's Cube.

But Susanna was less than impressed with his story.

Richard began by explaining: "I wouldn’t be here, you know, if it wasn’t for Rubik's Cube. My life would have taken a completely different turn. I was doing a report on a Rubik's Cube conference at York University when I was at Yorkshire Television, I was a reporter.

"I did the old trope piece to camera that you do with Rubik's, where you have one that’s all jumbled up.

"As you’re doing the piece to camera, you drop it and pick up one that’s been pre-prepared and you bring it back into shot and you make the joke that obviously you’ve done it in a few seconds."

But Susanna was left appalled as she said: "That’s… deception! In your reporting, Richard Madeley?"

Richard was quick to fire back: "Well no, no, it’s obviously a joke! And you say something like, 'I’m all fingers and thumbs, that took me three seconds today!'

"And I did that, it got picked up by ITN, it was run on News At 10 and it was spotted by the boss of Granada Television, who offered me a job on the strength of it and I met Judy. And that was it – which led to a proposal!"

Fans on social media were divided by the segment, as one branded it "excruciating nonsense".

As another joked: "Well all I can say is DAMN the Rubik's Cube!"

But someone else was loving the humour Richard brings to the show, as they posted: "Am I the only person who likes @richardm56 and what he brings to @GMB?"

"I like him!" another chimed in.

It comes after a "cringe" interview with Prime Minister Boris Johnson's ex flame Petronella Wyatt, as Richard honed in on a rather intimate line of questioning.

Richard asked her: “If he wasn’t married, if he was single, and if you weren’t going out with anyone, could you see yourselves getting back together?”

“I’m not going to answer that,” Petronella clapped back. “I could be engaged, I could… I’m not going to answer that.”

Resigning himself, Richard then said: “You don’t have to answer it.”

Things got even icier as he pressed: "You were together for four years, presumably in that period you loved him…."

Petronella interjected: "You're very presumptuous, Richard!" as Richard argued: "Well you were together for four years, I assume you weren't with him because you hated him! It's not presumptuous, it's common sense!"

GMB airs weekdays from 6am on ITV.

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  • Good Morning Britain
  • Susanna Reid
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