BBC Breakfast’s Dan Walker apologises to Susanna Reid over rivalry claims

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Those accustomed to an early start will know all about the rivalry between BBC Breakfast‘s Dan Walker and Good Morning Britain‘s Piers Morgan. But it appears their light-hearted feud has now spilled over on to the wider morning team.

In a disagreement that doesn’t directly involve Piers Morgan (for once), Dan Walker and Susanna Reid have clashed on Twitter after Dan “misread” a column by the GMB host.

In a piece for MailOnline, Susanna wrote: “In my experience, there is more rivalry between male counterparts. Take ITV’s Piers Morgan and Dan Walker, his BBC Breakfast double.

“The way they snipe at each other on Twitter makes me shudder. I would never speak about a colleague like that.”

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Dan turned to Twitter to share his two cents on the matter, saying to Susanna that the insults she mentions “only really come one way”. He added: “I enjoy the friendly competition with your programme. It keeps us all on our toes and normally stays within the bounds of gentle fun. See you soon”.

With Susanna’s column clearly playing on his mind, Dan then asked his ITV counterpart to talk to his colleagues – including Louise Minchin, Naga Munchetty, and Steph McGovern – before claiming that he “[puts] colleagues down or [is] not supportive”.

Taking a far more restrained approach than Piers, Susanna told Dan that she was not suggesting that in her column, prompting the Breakfast presenter to swiftly apologise.

BBC Breakfast's Dan Walker apologises to Susanna Reid over rivalry claims


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“I greatly respect @susannareid100 & it appears I may have misread her intentions in this article & for that I apologise – as I have done privately too,” he said. “Support of colleagues is a particularly sensitive issues at the moment and 1 I take seriously.

“I hope you all have a lovely day.”

All’s well that ends well, then.

BBC’s Breakfast airs weekdays from 6am on BBC One, while Good Morning Britain also airs weekdays from 6am over on ITV.

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