SUSANNA Reid’s tense interview with Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Good Morning Britain has been hit with Ofcom complaints.
The TV presenter grilled the PM on the ITV breakfast programme – at one point controversially asking him if he is “honest”.
Susanna grilled the PM on whether he was an “honest” personCredit: ITV
Boris was left stumbling over his words as he tried to answerCredit: ITV
She wasted no time in putting the PM under pressure, as she pressured him on whether he was an “honest speaker”.
“Before we get back into talking about Ukraine, so many people want to know, are you honest, Prime Minister?” Susanna began.
Stumbling over his words as he tried to answer, Boris, 57, replied: “I think you – yes – I think that the best way to judge that is to look at what this government says it’s going to do and what it does.”
“I just want a straight answer – you’re an honest speaker?” Susanna quipped back again, as Boris continued: “Yes.
“I do my best to represent faithfully and accurately what I believe, and sometimes it’s controversial and sometimes it offends people, but that’s what I do.”
Now, TV regulator Ofcom have confirmed that 87 complained about the Prime Minister’s interview on May 3.
Susanna and Boris locked horns in the PM’s first GMB interview in almost five years following a Government boycott of the breakfast show.
Hauling the PM over the coals, Susanna told him about 77-year-old Elsie who is struggling to heat her council house.
Susanna said: “She gets up early in the morning to use her freedom bus pass to stay on buses all day to avoid using energy at home. What else should Elsie cut back on?”
Mr Johnson replied that he didn’t want Elsie to “cut back on anything” – before reminding her he launched 24hr freedom bus passes when Mayor of London.
Withering Susanna fired back: “Marvellous, so she should be grateful to you for her bus pass?”
The PM scrambled to lay out the cash packages he is putting on to cushion the cost of living blow whacking hard-pressed families.
But PM admitted it still would not be enough to shield everyone from the cost of living onslaught clobbering Brits.
He said: “I accept that those contributions from the taxpayer – because that’s what it is, taxpayer money – isn’t going to be enough immediately to cover everybody’s costs.”
The PM insisted much of the problem were global energy price hikes rolling over to shopping bills, adding: “The cost of chickens is crazy!”