GOOD Morning Britain viewers were delighted to see Ed Balls back in the hot seat today in place of Richard Madeley.
Former politician Ed has co-hosted with Susanna Reid many times before, and viewers love their chemistry.
One viewer wrote on Twitter: "Was a lovely surprise to turn on my TV this morning and see @edballs back on @GMB instead of maddening Madeley. #GMB."
A second posted: "The on-screen chemistry between Ed Balls & Susanna Reid is far better than between Susanna & the irritating Richard Madeley. She could not be making this any clearer… take note #GMB many people prefer anybody else to Madeley."
A third said: "Thank you for putting Ed Balls in the seat this morning. What a lovely surprise. Instead of The irritant Richard Madeley."
Another typed: "Oh, so it's safe to switch on #gmb as it's a Madeley-free zone."
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Last week Richard was heavily criticised for his "patronising" interview with the Shadow Education Secretary.
He and co-host Kate Garraway quizzed Bridget Phillipson about the Labour Party's call for a general election after Rishi Sunak replaced Liz Truss after a disastrous six-week tenure as PM.
Richard asked: "Can you just tell us what you would do? Would you raise taxes and cut spending?"
"I want to be the next Education Secretary so I would remove the tax breaks that private schools enjoy and put that into state education," she replied.
After she finished speaking, Richard said: "Thanks for giving us an answer, that was good."
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