Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid have always had a complicated relationship.
The Good Morning Britain presenters are thick as thieves now, apart from the occasional on-screen row – with the occasional bit of flirting on air.
Their their fiery relationship very often comes through on camera, but it was an off-air feud at the beginning of their time together that took some work to resolve.
Susanna started to get grief for his controversial opinions and arguments so asked Piers out for a drink to discuss their problems.
They got drunk in London’s Soho and sorted everything out with a wild night on the tiles – with Piers admitting they “behaved appallingly”.
Since then their TV marriage has gone from strength to strength, but Piers has ruffled Susanna’s feathers with some outrageous remarks.
“What it is, is a forcibly arranged marriage,” Piers claimed to the Mail on Sunday’s Event magazine in September 2019.
“You spend hours together every day, you have to put up with each other, agree, disagree and bicker but you have none of the benefits of a marriage and none of the marital ways of relieving the tension.”
Piers, who has been married to second wife Celia Walden in 2010, insisted his GMB wife finds him “irresistible”.
“Well if we were both single we’d be at it like stoats in a sack,” remarked Piers, but Susanna was having none of it.
Shutting down his claims, she fired back: “With other people, of course.”
It was actually Piers that set up Susanna with her former boyfriend and Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish – but he was left feeling “jealous”.
Even though he played Cupid, Piers admitted he was not happy that there were three people in their “crowded” TV marriage.
He ruthlessly teased his co-host on GMB in November 2018, claiming he initially believed she had declared her love for him.
“I must admit I got slightly confused by this story, you have found someone who is 53, yep, I am 53. Born in 1965, I was born in 1965. Been married before and with kids, another box ticked,” explained Piers.
“Handsome, wealthy, successful, big passion for a London football club. I was reading all this and thinking oh God she’s come out.”
Blushing Susanna asked her colleague if he thought she’d “fallen in love” with him and joked that she had “gone public with my passion for you”.
Piers actually got Susanna chatting to Steve in New York at a get-together which also included Gary Lineker, Richard Bacon and Frank Lampard.
However, this didn’t stopped him getting envious over her new relationship with the Palace chairman.
Joking that it was a sneaky way to get football tickets, Piers said: “We are all very pleased for you. There are now three people in this marriage. It’s getting crowded.”
Realising her co-host might be upset, Susanna asked: “Are you slightly jealous?”
“He’s good looking, very rich, very successful,” admitted Piers.
Unfortunately, Susanna and Steve’s love story did not pan out because they reportedly didn’t have enough time for romance.
Susanna broke the news of their split on Good Morning Britain in April 2019 when co-presenter Piers awkwardly brought it up in conversation live on air.
“Are you single again? You are, aren’t you,” asked cheeky Piers.
Nervous Susanna responded: “Yep. Let’s not dwell. I’m fine, we’re fine, we’re very good friends. We were at the match on Saturday.”
Despite the on-screen banter and rows, there is genuine warmth in the relationship between Piers and Susanna.
She refused a part in a Comic Relief’s Love Actually sketch which made a joke about him “still being alive” and clearly appreciates his input into the breakfast show despite the controversy he brings.
Admitting it took them a while to warm up, Susanna told The Mirror in March 2017 that viewers find them “irresistible” together.
“We offer something really distinctive, I do genuinely think that. It is not like anything in breakfast television,” she said.
“I enjoy how viewers react to my relationship with Piers on the sofa. It’s evolving – like any good TV ‘marriage’.
“He winds me up no end, but I also like him. It’s an impossible-to-predict recipe of mutual respect, irritation, frustration & admiration but it works.”
This has often led to blow ups live on air, mainly because Susanna can find it hard to get a word in edgeways.
Susanna has admitted that sometimes trolls say “horrific things” about her because she works alongside someone they didn’t like.
“He is the most irritating man in the world, but I’m a professional,” she told Mail on Sunday’s Event magazine last year.
“I can work with anyone, but it was a shock to the system, and I did find it difficult to sit there trying to be neutral in my opinions while Piers spouted forth about whatever he thought, and then I would be attacked for it.”
Discussing their relationship, both confessed that they are irritated by each other and have arguments off-camera.
Both us find each other vaguely irritating most of the time and barely agree. I take a hard-nosed cynical view, and Susanna always takes the nice, non-cynical view,” Piers told OK! Magazine in January.
Hitting back, Susanna replied: “I think he winds me up even more now. We still have rows off air.
“At the moment he is quite a wind up because he has a very, very strong view on the biggest story of the moment, Meghan Markle, and of course I take a very different view on her.”
They believe the recipe to their success as a presenting duo is that their relationship is built on trust.
“We are very honest and frank with each other and I trust him completely,” explained Susanna.
“If something isn’t right, we will discuss it in a very full and frank way.”
Piers added: “You have to have that trust and you have to like and respect each other, otherwise it wouldn’t work… Susanna and I could both finish each other in five minutes, but we choose not to.”