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‘Don’t get defensive’: Alastair Campbell hits out at Susanna Reid as pair clash over whether it’s rude to call people by surname

Alastair Campbell and Susanna Reid locked horns just minutes after they arrived to present today’s episode of Good Morning Britain.

The duo, who are fronting the ITV daytime programme together for the last time this Wednesday, kicked off the show by debating whether or not it’s rude to call people by their surname.

‘I think calling someone by their surname is rude,’ Susanna stated. ‘[Richard] Arnold, don’t you think?’

She then went onto add that she believes using their surname is ‘very private school’.

Hitting back, Alastair replied: ‘No. The point I’ve been making is we call Tony, Tony because he’s quite an informal guy. But I think when someone is the Prime Minister, the media should reflect who and what they are and Boris has calculated through the years very cleverly.’

‘Sorry, I did not get a call from Boris Johnson saying, “Call me Boris”,’ Susanna retorted, prompting Alastair to fire back.

Susanna Reid and Alastair Campbell clashed over whether it’s appropriate to call people by their surnames (Picture: ITV)

‘I’m not saying you did. Susanna, don’t get defensive about it!’ he slammed.

‘Sorry I got torn apart by John Bercow yesterday morning,’ Susanna replied. ‘I got mansplained by John Bercow that I mustn’t call him Boris because he’s my favourite puppy.’

Susanna was of course referring to the heated discussion she had with Alastair yesterday over lies in Parliament as they were joined by former speaker of the house, John Bercow.

Alastair Campbell made his Good Morning Britain debut on Monday (Picture: Rex)

‘I served in the House of Commons alongside five Prime Ministers, four during my tenure as speaker – Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, David Cameron, Theresa May and Boris Johnson,’ Mr Bercow said on Tuesday’s programme.

‘None of the four preceding Boris Johnson was in my judgement guilty of deliberately misleading the House of Commons.’

‘Sorry, I just need to interrupt because people will be screaming what about Alastair, when Tony Blair told us about the reasons for going into war in Iraq and those turned out not to be the case,’ Susanna chimed in.

‘People will assume that there are things said in Parliament or politicians that every often turn out not to be true.’

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.

Credit: Original article published here.

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