Susanna Reid took over Good Morning Britain on Tuesday to force her co-host to apologise for an inappropriate comment.
Ed Balls, 56, was only repeating an overheard phrase, but Susanna was having none of it.
The couple were debating Education Secretary Gillian Keegan, who was caught on tape claiming others ‘sat on their a***’ about the concrete problem affecting schools across the country.
The MP had just completed taping an ITV News interview when she expressed her displeasure on tape.
Heard on the microphone she was still wearing, Ms Keegan asked those in the room: ‘Does anyone ever say, “You know what, you’ve done a f****** good job,” because everyone else has sat on their a*** and done nothing?
‘No signs of that, no?’
In a follow-up interview Ms Keegan apologised for her ‘choice language’ and said it was an ‘off-the-cuff remark’.
Talking about the incident on Good Morning Britain, Ed began: ‘Who was she annoyed at? Who was she saying was sitting on their a***?’
‘You can’t say that word!’ Susanna quickly interrupted.
‘We just had it on the television,’ he tried to defend.
Susanna went on: ‘I know, even though the education secretary said it, you might have noticed I then apologised for it.’
‘I would like to apologise for the fact that I said what the education secretary said, who is in charge of all the schools in our country and the wellbeing of all young people under the age of 18,’ Ed then said.
‘I used the same language as her which I thought was acceptable and it’s not.
‘And I would like to apologise.’
Becoming quite flustered, Ed then added: ‘You just played it on the programme, I thought it was okay!’
‘I am so sorry!’
‘We are mired in apologies this morning,’ Susanna joked.
Later in the episode, Ed quipped: ‘Never use that language on national television… I’m told!’
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays from 6am on ITV1.
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