Susanna Reid outraged as she defends Fiona Bruce

GMB: Susanna Reid defends Fiona Bruce over Question Time controversy

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Good Morning Britain host Susanna Reid branded the criticism of Fiona Bruce “outrageous” as she discussed her remark on Question Time. Susanna defended the Antiques Roadshow star after she made a comment about Stanley Johnson breaking his wife’s nose as a “one-off”. Following complaints made to the BBC, Fiona has since stepped away from her role as ambassador for domestic abuse charity, Refuge.

Susanna chatted with GMB co-star Ed Balls about Fiona’s comment which came after Yasmin Alibhai-Brown shared her thoughts on Boris Johnson’s father, branding him a “wife beater”.

The host was quick to point out while Stanley has never commented on it, the incident was a “one-off”.

“Yasmin, as you saw in that clip, then pointed out the allegation that was made about Stanley Johnson,” Susanna began.

“It was incumbent on Fiona Bruce, as the host of that panel, to as she says, contextualise it.”

Ed chipped in: “Can I just say Susanna, I’ve actually seen this in the last year, which I’ve never experienced before.

“When you do that, which is put the other side, which is our responsibility when we’re doing the roles we’re playing, you get these pile-ons on social media where people assume that if we say that, that’s what we believe.

“That’s what happened to Fiona Bruce. She wasn’t saying that she believed that, she was saying that’s what the other side said.”

Susanna continued to defend Fiona, branding it “outrageous”.

“She very clearly says in that clip that she is contextualising it and giving the right of reply,” the GMB host fumed.

“She wasn’t arguing with Yasmin Alibhai-Brown. I think it’s outrageous that she is being held personally accountable.”

On Monday, Fiona issued an apology after announcing she was stepping away from her ambassador role.

She explained comments regarding Stanley Johnson had been “mischaracterised” by a social media storm.

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“I have been a passionate advocate and campaigner for all survivors of domestic abuse, and have used my privileged position as a woman in the public eye to bring this issue to the fore, notably in my work for over 25 years with Refuge,” she said in a statement.

“But following the events of last week, I have faced a social media storm, much of which mischaracterised what I said and took the form of personal abuse directed at me.

“The only people that matter in all this are the survivors, they are my priority.

“The last thing in the world that I would want is that this issue in any way creates a distraction from Refuge’s critical work on their behalf, and therefore I think the right thing to do is to step back from my role with Refuge.”

Fiona concluded: “This has been a hard decision for me as I feel so strongly about promoting their work and advancing awareness of this issue.

“I will continue to be an active supporter, albeit from the sidelines for now.”

The BBC has also stepped in to defend the Antiques Roadshow presenter explaining it was the presenter’s job to ensure the context of the allegations was given.

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.

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