Good Morning Britain presenter Susanna Reid has described the “toxic and horrible” abuse she has received online during the coronavirus pandemic, but described the “serious responsibility” the programme has to its viewers.
The journalist, who fronts the ITV show with Piers Morgan, said she tries to be as well-prepared as possible and compares live broadcasting to her time on Strictly Come Dancing in 2013, when she was placed second with professional partner Kevin Clifton.
She told the Mail On Sunday’s You magazine: “The abuse is so toxic and horrible, but you can’t be afraid of what people are going to say about you.
“Obviously there are moments when I’m upset or I beat myself up about getting something wrong – and there are things that frighten me – but we do a good job and we enjoy what we do.
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“I have moments of self-doubt, but I’ve been doing this a long time now.”
She added: “If you go out on the dance floor on Saturday night thinking about the bit in your 30 seconds that you’ve never quite got on top of, then you’re going to make mistakes.
“You need to think: ‘I’ve done the prep, let’s just go out and perform.’”
Discussing her working relationship with Morgan, she said: “Piers is someone who is good to work with. He is stimulating and can be a challenge and difficult, but he also pushes all the same buttons in me that he does people we interview.
“We have had a serious responsibility during Covid, because you want to make sure people are kept up to date with everything, but also you want people to feel hopeful. You want to spark debate.
“So it’s not just a neutral, deadpan way of presenting the news. It’s fully engaged.
“You’ve got to be prepared to make loads of mistakes and not be crushed by them.
“You’ve just got to go: ‘I got that wrong. Apologies, I didn’t mean to say that.’
“If you’re a step ahead of it all, the audience is really confident in you.”