Susanna Reid, 49, has hit back at those who may criticise her attitude towards hugging when meeting guests and colleagues at work on Good Morning Britain. The presenter addressed the issue after sharing a rare on-screen embrace with her former BBC Breakfast co-host Bill Turnbull when they reunited on the ITV show last week.
She admitted in her latest MailOnline column that although the hug “felt right”, she stands by her decision to avoid “professional PDAs”.
Susanna went on to say coronavirus concerns have complicated the idea further for her, as the virus is spread easily from person to person through contact and touching.
The TV personality explained: “Hugging has been a social hot potato for a while. On the one hand, we are increasingly aware of touch being good for our wellbeing, and on the other, some workplace tribunals have deemed touching inappropriate.
“And now there’s coronavirus to complicate matters more.”
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Susanna Reid hits back at suggestions she's 'uptight’ at work (Image: ITV•GETTY)
Susanna Reid admitted she doesn't like hugging at work (Image: GETTY)
“Italians are being advised to avoid their customary peck on both cheeks greeting for the time being, while Americans should think twice about high fives,” she added.
Susanna continued by arguing that she isn’t “uptight” in her ways, saying: “So you see, I’m vindicated.
"While some may say I am being uptight, I would argue that my attitude to colleagues cuddling is healthier and more professional in the modern workplace.
“In the #MeToo era, where people worry that a hug might be misunderstood, it is easier to avoid touching altogether.”
Susanna Reid cuddled Bill Turnbull on GMB (Image: ITV)
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