GMB’s Susanna Reid furiously shuts down Piers Morgan in frosty veganism debate

Good Morning Britain' s Piers Morgan was shut down by co-host Susanna Reid during Wednesday's edition of the ITV breakfast show.

Piers, 55, and Susan, 49, were on hand to inform viewers of headlines from around the globe, including the latest developments in the coronavirus pandemic.

Things took a frosty turn as the dynamic duo went head-to-head in a furious row about veganism, which Piers has been extremely vocal about.

The GMB hosts ended up discussing whether or not vegan products should be named with words usually associated with meat-based items, such as a burger.

With the pair voicing opposing views, they clashed with one another, leading Susanna to shut down Piers.

The row came after reports emerged suggesting McDonalds is set to release a vegan and plant-based line of items from next year.

"The McPlant, the meat-free range which is total nonsense," Piers remarked.

Susanna said that sounded “right up her street.”

"They should stop using the term burger to describe the new product, saying it’s false marketing it’s not a burger," the former newspaper editor declared.

Susanna was clear to defend the use of the word burger attached to vegan products, adding: “A veggie burger is a burger.

“It’s a burger just because it doesn’t have the word meat in it, it’s not a beetmurger [beetroot burger], it’s a burger,” she continued.

“Look it up in the dictionary, a burger is a meat product and so is a sausage. Why do vegans want to use our language? Piers asked.

“What do you mean, OUR language? Are we allowed to use the word food or is that your language?” Susanna hit back.

“Yes, because food is not descriptive of meat,” her co-star remarked, to which she replied: “A burger is not a description of meat. I don’t ask for a burger cut.”

Defending his point of view, the Life Stories star explained: “In France, they don’t allow this.

"They don’t allow vegan and vegetarian products to use meat language.

“Good for them in France. Over here in the UK, we took back control of our burgers and of our vegan products,” Susanna commented.

"You hate meat so much that you want to call your products after meat products?” Piers asked, to which his co-star said: “Hang on a moment, it’s not a meat burger, it’s just a burger."

Susanna then read the definition of the term burger, explaining: |"It’s made of meat or other food made into a round, fairly fast shape, fried and usually eaten between two halves of a bread roll.

"I think you’ve just been comprehensibly dismissed," she added as she shut down Piers and put him in his place.

Viewers at home were divided over Piers and Susanna's latest spat.

Taking to Twitter, one fan penned: "In the grand scheme of things who cares?"

Another added: "Ridiculous to say a burger should be meat only, I'm on your side 100 percent @susannareid100 it's like saying a car can only have a petrol engine and not an electric motor!"

Whilst a third commented: "Nope. Veggie burgers have existed since the 80s.

"I've never been stopped from eating meat burgers. Get a grip and focus on real issues."

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays on ITV at 6am

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