Dan Walker apologises to Susanna Reid over rivalry confusion

Dan Walker apologises to Susanna Reid over rivalry confusion

Dan Walker has apologised after misinterpreting a column written by Susanna Reid referring to the rivalry between him and Piers Morgan.

The BBC Breakfast host had initially taken issue with Reid's piece in the Daily Mail, where she wrote that the sniping on Twitter between Walker and her Good Morning Britain co-star Morgan "makes me shudder".

Walker tweeted: "Interesting. With the greatest respect @susannareid100 the insults that make you 'shudder' only really come one way. I enjoy the friendly competition with your programme.

Dan Walker

"It keeps us all on our toes and normally stays within the bounds of gentle fun. See you soon."

In a second tweet, he wrote to Reid: "I understand that columns for this newspaper need to be provocative but I humbly suggest you talk to @louiseminchin @BBCNaga @stephbreakfast @carolkirkwood @mikebreakfast @sallynugent – or anyone I work with – before suggesting I ever put colleagues down or am not supportive."

However, Reid replied that she "didn't for a moment suggest this".

She said: "My reference to you was solely in relation to how you and Piers speak to each other online."

Walker responded: "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. Support of colleagues is a particularly sensitive issues at the moment and 1 I take seriously.

"I hope you all have a lovely day."

Reid wrote that she "would never speak to a colleague like that" in relation to the on-going social media tension between Walker and Morgan.

Discussing Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon's new Apple TV+ series The Morning Show, she said that she is "sick of female TV stars being portrayed as nasty, snide and competitive".

She said that her "heart sank as it became clear that the show relies on the well-worn cliche of pitching Jennifer Aniston's Queen Bee anchor — Alex — against Reese Witherspoon's younger, perkier reporter, Bradley".

Reid told of her support for BBC Breakfast host Naga Munchetty, and her Good Morning Britain co-star Charlotte Hawkins as examples against the common female-based trope.

She said: "When Naga Munchetty was unfairly admonished by the BBC over the Donald Trump race row, for example, I sent her a message of support."

Of Hawkins, who took part in Strictly Come Dancing in 2017 but was the third celebrity to be eliminated, Reid added: "She was heartbroken when she was eliminated from the show and I helped piece her back together on the Monday so she could face going on-air."

She added: "It might crush the cliché with a stiletto heel, but women succeed by being supportive, not putting each other down. We leave that to the guys."

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Crystal Palace Chairman Steve Parish and TV presenter Susanna Reid during the Premier League match at Stamford Bridge, London.
Susanna Reid and Ben Shepherd arrive at the Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Awards 2018, at the Grosvenor Hotel, London. Picture date: Monday 29th October 2018. Photo credit should read: David Jensen/ EMPICS Entertainment
Susanna Reid attending the ITV Palooza held at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London.
File photo dated 22/01/19 of Good Morning Britain host Susanna Reid, who says she is "very happy" in her relationship with Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish.
Susanna Reid attending the National Television Awards 2019 held at the O2 Arena, London.
File photo dated 14/12/16 of Susanna Reid, who has been teased by Piers Morgan about her new romance after she was pictured with her football chairman boyfriend Steve Parish.
Susanna Reid arrives at the Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Awards 2018, at the Grosvenor Hotel, London. Picture date: Monday 29th October 2018. Photo credit should read: David Jensen/ EMPICS Entertainment
File photo dated 16/10/18 of Susanna Reid, who has said that she is "back in the game" after returning to the dating scene, and she is looking to Love Island for romantic inspiration.
Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid attend ITV Palooza!, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank, London. Tuesday October 16th, 2018.
Susanna Reid attending the GQ Men of the Year Awards 2018 at the Tate Modern, London. Picture credit should read: Doug Peters/Empics
TV presenter Susanna Reid poses during ladies day of the 2018 Investec Derby Festival at Epsom Downs Racecourse, Epsom.
Left to right, Kate Garraway, Susanna Reid, Ranvir Singh and Charlotte Hawkins attending The Pride of Britain Awards 2017, at Grosvenor House, Park Street, London. Picture Date: Monday 30 October. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Susanna Reid arriving for the GQ Men of the Year Awards 2018 in Association with Hugo Boss held at The Tate Modern in London.
Celia Walden, Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid arriving for the GQ Men of the Year Awards 2018 in Association with Hugo Boss held at The Tate Modern in London.
Susanna Reid attending Good Morning Britain's Health Star Awards, held at the Rosewood Hotel in London.
Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid arriving at the National Television Awards 2017, held at The O2 Arena, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: 25th January, 2017. See PA Story SHOWBIZ NTAs. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Susanna Reid arriving at the Sun Military Awards, at the Guildhall, London.
Charlotte Hawkins, Ranvir Singh, Susanna Reid, Kate Garraway and Laura Tobin attending the ITV Gala at the London Palladium.
Susanna Reid attending the Frost Summer Party Fundraiser, in aid of the Miles Frost Fund and in partnership with the British Heart Foundation, at Burton Court, in London.
Susanna Reid attending the Glamour Women of the Year Awards 2016, Berkeley Square, London. Picture credit should read Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment
Susanna Reid attending the Frost Summer Party Fundraiser, in aid of the Miles Frost Fund and in partnership with the British Heart Foundation, at Burton Court, in London.
Susanna Reid and Kate Garraway arriving at the Good Morning Britain Health Star Awards, London Hilton Hotel. Picture Credit: Doug Peters EMPICS Entertainment
Susanna Reid arriving at the Good Morning Britain's Health Star Awards at the London Hilton on Park Lane, London.
Susanna Reid arriving for the 2016 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday February 24, 2016. See PA story SHOWBIZ Brits. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Will Smith and Susanna Reid attending a screening of the new film Concussion at the Ham Yard Hotel in London.
Susanna Reid attending the National Television Awards 2016 at the O2 Arena, London. Copyright Doug Peters EMPICS Entertainment
The Prince of Wales talking with TV presenter Susanna Reid during a visit to the Step Up To Serve charity and the #iwill campaign at the Wayra Academy in London, on the campaign's second anniversary.
David Walliams and Susanna Reid attending the World Premiere of Spectre, held at the Royal Albert Hall in London, London.
Susanna Reid attending the World Premiere of Spectre, held at the Royal Albert Hall in London, London.
Sir Bruce Forsyth is interviewed by Susanna Reid at the Radio Times Festival on the Green at Hampton Court Palace in London.
Susanna Reid arriving at the 2015 TV Choice Awards, The Park Lane Hilton, London.
Susanna Reid arriving at the 2015 TV Choice Awards, The Park Lane Hilton, London.
Susanna Reid attending Lorraine's High Street Fashion Awards, at the Connaught Rooms in London
Susanna Reid during a photocall at The Specsavers National Book Awards at The Foreign Office, London.
Susanna Reid arriving at the Pride of Britain Awards 2014, Grosvenor House Hotel, London.
Tom Cruise and Susanna Reid arriving at the Edge of Tomorrow World Premiere, BFI IMAX, Waterloo, London.
Tom Cruise and Susanna Reid arriving at the Edge of Tomorrow World Premiere, BFI IMAX, Waterloo, London.
Susanna Reid at the Garden for First Touch at St George's, during the press day at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, at the Royal Hospital in Chelsea, London.
Susanna Reid arriving at the 2014 Arqiva British Academy Television Awards at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London.
Susanna Reid arriving for the 2014 Arqiva British Academy Television Awards at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London.
Susanna Reid and Kevin Clifton during a press call for the UK Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour 2014 starting in Birmingham on Friday at the National Indoor Arena, Birmingham.
Susanna Reid and Kevin Clifton during a press call for the UK Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour 2014 starting in Birmingham on Friday at the National Indoor Arena, Birmingham.
(Left to right) Natalie Gumede, Abbey Clancy and Susanna Reid during a press call for the UK Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour 2014 starting in Birmingham on Friday at the National Indoor Arena, Birmingham.
Embargoed to 0001 Monday December 16. Susanna Reid wearing her favourite dress from the current series of Strictly Come Dancing, with her dance partner Kevin Clifton at Elstree Studios, London.
Embargoed to 0001 Monday December 16. Susanna Reid wearing her favourite dress from the current series of Strictly Come Dancing, at Elstree Studios, London.
Susanna Reid and Kevin Clifton rehearse for the Strictly Come Dancing semi-finals at Elstree Studios in Hertfordshire.
Susanna Reid and Kevin Clifton rehearse for the Strictly Come Dancing semi-finals at Elstree Studios in Hertfordshire.
Susanna Reid arriving for the Strictly Come Dancing Photocall at Elstree Studios, London.
Sian Williams (centre) poses with colleagues Sophie Raworth (right) and Susanna Reid during the Virgin London Marathon in London.
Charlie Stayt and Susanna Reid arriving for the Television and Radio Industries Club (TRIC) Awards, at Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane, central London.
Susanna Reid attending Red's Hot Women Awards in association with euphoria Calvin Klein, at the St Pancras Chambers in central London.
Susanna Reid and Fiona Bruce during the BBC Children In Need Appeal 2010, at the BBC Television Centre, Wood Lane, London.
(Left to right) Susanna Reid, Fiona Bruce, Kate Silverton and Sophie Raworth during the BBC Children In Need Appeal 2010, at the BBC Television Centre, Wood Lane, London.
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