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Waking up on weekday mornings to Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid was never dull in 2020, but the Good Morning Britain co-hosts admit delivering the news this year has been far from easy.
Speaking exclusively to OK about their 'challenging year' the dynamic duo reveal it's been 'overwhelming' at times. But, having been named two of OK's Heroes of 2020, Piers and Susanna are thrilled to see their hard work has been acknowledged.
"It's brilliant", Susanna gushes about the award, as Piers pipes up in praise of his pal, affectionately calling her the 'ying to my yang'.
Here, the pair discuss their pride at holding politicians to account and who they believe are the true heroes of 2020.
How does it feel to have been acknowledged as two of OK’s Heroes of 2020?
Susanna : It’s brilliant. It is great to know that – as well as asking difficult questions – we kept people’s lifted through a dark time. During the lockdowns we were aware television is sometimes the only company people had and I felt that deeply.
Piers : I’m very appreciative of this generous accolade but in my opinion the real heroes of this pandemic have been the health and care workers who have risked their lives every single day to help save the lives of others.
You’ve brought us the news during arguably the most difficult period of most people’s lives. How difficult has that been for you?
Susanna: At times it was overwhelming. There was so much sadness and isolation. But we made sure to celebrate the courage, hope and optimism that was out there whether in the NHS, care homes or through individuals like Captain Tom.
Piers: Yes, it’s definitely been the most challenging year of my career but also in many ways the most rewarding. I consider it such an honour to be sitting there every morning bringing so much momentous news to people as they wake up. And although much of it has been awful, there have also been so many uplifting stories of heroism and inspiration from the likes of Captain Tom, Marcus Rashford and NHS heroes.
How important has it been to you?
Piers: Incredibly. It’s the biggest story of my life and for any journalist that carries with it a profound sense of responsibility. I am very proud of how the whole team at GMB has covered this pandemic.
Susanna : It’s definitely been one of the most important periods of my career.
Has it been important to both of you to hold politicians accountable?
Piers : It’s vital. It’s a fundamental duty for any journalist to hold politicians’ feet to the fire when they’re making decisions that will actually decide how many people live or die. I make no apologies for being very forceful in our interrogations. Our viewers would expect nothing less.
Susanna: Agreed, it is vital. We felt our job wasn’t just to report on their policies but to continually challenge them.
Do you have any words of acknowledgement for what awesome co-hosts you’ve been?
Piers: She’s the ying to my yang, the pouty to my shouty, the grin to my grimace..
Susanna: Piers has been relentless with the politicians. He is like a dog with a bone.
Susanna, you keep Piers in line – you’re an inspiration to women everywhere, wouldn’t you agree?
Well sometimes I have to bite my tongue, sometimes I bite back. Viewers love our relationship. In terms of tv marriages, it is probably the most fiery!
Who have been your heroes this year?
Piers: Captain Tom, what a wonderful man.
Susanna: Every single frontline worker. From the NHS nurses who sat with patients whose families couldn’t visit, to the crews who emptied our bins.
And what are your goals for 2021?
Susanna : To see my parents hug their grandchildren again.
Piers: To get more sleep!
Piers and Susanna will be back on Good Morning Britain from 7am, Christmas Day on ITV.
Read all about the OK Heroes 2020 in OK magazine, out now.
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