Bill Turnbull set to reunite with former BBC co-host Susanna Reid for first time in six years following cancer battle
- Bill Turnbull and Susanna Reid presented BBC Breakfast together since 2006
- Susanna left in 2014 to join ITV’s Good Morning Britain with Piers Morgan
- Bill later retired in 2016, but was diagnosed with incurable cancer a year later
- This will be the pair’s first joint presenting role since their work together at the BBC
Bill Turnbull has said he is ‘very excited’ to be reunited with former co-host Susanna Reid as he makes a return to present breakfast television.
The presenter, 64, will be making his return to live television since his prostate cancer battle to fill in for Piers Morgan.
The pair will co-host Good Morning Britain for three days at the end of the month while the controversial presenter takes some time off.
Back together: Bill Turnbull has said he is ‘very excited’ to be reunited with former co-host Susanna Reid as he makes a return to present breakfast television
Susanna first presented BBC Breakfast alongside veteran Bill in 2006 before moving to launch the newly created ITV morning show in 2014.
‘I’m thrilled to be working with Susanna again and really looking forward to being on Good Morning Britain,’ Bill told the Mirror.
‘We didn’t work together long enough and we got on so well. I was sad when she left at short notice. So for her to ask me to sit alongside her is very exciting.
Old days: Susanna first presented BBC Breakfast alongside veteran Bill in 2006 before moving to launch the newly created ITV morning show in 2014 (pictured in 2007)
‘I’m in two minds about the early mornings. On one hand, it’s great to be back doing live television. The other part of me thinks: “What on earth am I doing? Having sworn never to do breakfast television again!”‘
Bill, 64, who quit the show in 2016, has been fighting prostate cancer and now works on Classic FM. This move marks his return to live TV, but only for ‘the short term’.
The journalist also jokingly promised not to be as opinionated as usual host Piers, saying he doesn’t voice his thoughts ‘as much as he likes to’.
Bill and Susanna did briefly reunite in 2016 when visited the ITV studio for a chat before being interrupted by Piers who described him as ‘overrated’.
Taking charge: The presenter, 64, will be making his return to live television since his prostate cancer battle to fill in for Piers Morgan
Since leaving the BBC in 2016, Bill was diagnosed with prostate cancer, which has since spread to his bones.
Though incurable, last year Bill said he felt ‘fantastic’ after finishing a course of chemotherapy.
‘My hair has grown back and I’m letting my hair grow long just to celebrate. I know I looked awful last year.
‘I saw pictures of myself and I was, “Oh Lord, that was just ghastly”. I was in the middle of the treatment.’
Torment: The father-of-three was diagnosed with the disease while filming this Celebrity Great British Bake-Off: Stand Up to Cancer special in 2017