Good Morning Britain viewers were made to squirm on Monday as they watched Susanna Reid turn down a hug from Adil Ray.
Ray was celebrating the easing of Covid regulations when he pleaded for an embrace
He walked towards her, saying: “Come on, come on – I haven’t seen you in such a long time.”
Reid replied: “No, no, no, no. What did Dr Hilary say? I’m still in the mood for a virtual hug.”
She added: “Adil, apologies. I’m protecting you first of all. Secondly, if we ration our hugs I’m letting you hug more important people.”
Ray then joked: “Susanna, let’s be honest – if there was no pandemic you would still not hug people.”