Prime Minister Boris Johnson asked Good Morning Britain host Susanna Reid “Who is Lorraine?” when he appeared on the program for the first time in almost five years.
eid, 51, interviewed Mr Johnson at 10 Downing Street, marking his first appearance on the ITV breakfast show since 2017 when he was Foreign Secretary.
Johnson made a cursory appearance on the show in December 2019 when he walked away from the cameras and appeared to be hiding in an industrial refrigerator to avoid an interview.
During the interview, Reid challenged him on the impact of the cost-of-living crisis and also asked why he will not resign over the Partygate scandal, the law-breaking and the allegations that he misled Parliament.
As the robust interview drew to a close, Reid referenced ITV’s Lorraine, which airs after GMB, to which Mr Johnson asked: “Who is Lorraine?”
“Who is Lorraine? Lorraine is a legend!” Reid fired back.
Opening her show, host Lorraine Kelly said, “Wow thank you Susanna, a master class in a political interview, excellent stuff.”
Kelly previously made headlines when she won a £1.2million battle with HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), with a judge saying the Scottish star “presented a personality of herself” and agreed she didn’t ITV employee and hired to perform instead. the role of a friendly, talkative and funny personality”.
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Reid went on to tell Kelly it was “fascinating” speaking to the Prime Minister, saying: “I’m surprised I wasn’t kicked out, Lorraine. It was remarkable to talk to him.
“Look, it’s almost five years since Boris Johnson appeared on Good Morning Britain and of course he was Prime Minister for just over two years.”
During the interview, Mr Johnson said he was “getting on with the work”.
Reid also asked him if he was being honest, to which he replied, “I think you… yes. And I think the best way to judge that is to look at what this administration says it’s going to do and what it’s doing… and that’s what matters.”
He added: “I do my best to represent faithfully and accurately what I believe. And sometimes it’s controversial, and sometimes it offends people, but that’s what I do.”
Kelly later thanked viewers for their messages, saying: “Why would he know who I am? He’s busy in the morning. He wouldn’t be watching us, although, as you know, he could learn a lot.”
She added: “A lot of people have said he lost votes. He didn’t lose votes just because he doesn’t know who I am. But very, very, very funny.
“And a lot of you are saying all the officers who are working from home are going ‘eek’ because they’re all watching the show.”
Kelly’s on-screen breakthrough came in 1984 when she joined TV-am and since then she has become a familiar face on the small screen. She has hosted her hugely popular daily talk show, Lorraine, since 2010.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/boris-johnson-asks-whos-lorraine-as-hes-interviewed-on-good-morning-britain-41609396.html Boris Johnson asks ‘Who is Lorraine?’ as interviewed on Good Morning Britain