Piers Morgan arrived with a bang on Good Morning Britain and caused controversy behind-the-scenes.
The former Britain’s Got Talent was like a “hurricane” during five guest host appearances in April 2017.
Worried co-host Susanna Reid claimed Piers caused complete chaos on set, so was stunned when her boss came over a few months later and asked about him joining permanently.
The anxious reply from Susanna was: “Do you know what you are letting yourself in for?”
Outspoken Piers was made an official main presenter in November of that year, which was not well received by everyone on the show.
Piers claimed he was “the alpha male” and Susanna was “the queen bee” so decided to shake her up a bit – but admitted he went a bit too far.
“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.”
Vile trolls on social media actually targeted Susanna, saying “horrific things” about her because of Piers’ controversial opinions.
This caused a growing tension between the pair off-camera, so Susanna was forced to take action to save their partnership from imploding.
“I suggested we have a drink together to discuss things,” explained Susanna, who was determined to get her point across in a calm manner.
The TV husband and wife went for a drink to settle their differences away from the tense atmosphere in the studio.
They got drunk in London’s Soho and sorted everything out with a wild night on the tiles – with Piers admitting they “behaved appallingly”.
“Basically we got drunk in The Groucho Club and behaved appallingly. Then we went off to a load of gay bars in Soho and got even more drunk. And everything got sorted out,” explained Piers.
It was at this point that Susanna decided that she would make a change to the way she presents.
Having spent 20 years in broadcast news keeping her opinions very neutral, Susanna confessed she chose to put over her point of view.
This has often led to blow ups live on air when Susanna disagrees with her co-host, as well as arguments with guests, but the presenter has found it “liberating”.
Since then their TV marriage has gone from strength to strength, but Piers has jokingly admitted he “created a monster” like Dr Frankenstein.
“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.
“Handsome, wealthy, successful, big passion for a London football club. I was reading all this and thinking oh God she’s come out,” joked Piers.
“We are all very pleased for you. There are now three people in this marriage. It’s getting crowded.”
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.”
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.
Piers explained: “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.”
While Susanna claimed they now have very full and honest discussions if they feel that something is not right.
“We are very honest and frank with each other and I trust him completely,” explained Susanna.