Skip to main contentSkip to footer

GMB's Ed Balls forced to apologise after swearing live on-air

The former politician stunned his co-star Susanna Reid


ed susanna gmb© Photo: ITV
Nicky Morris
TV and film writer
March 15, 2023
Share this:

Good Morning Britain host Ed Balls apologised to viewers on Wednesday morning after swearing while live on-air. 

The presenter and his co-host Susanna Reid were discussing soap star Danny Dyer, when Ed recalled his last appearance on a one-off evening edition of the show back in 2018. Watch the moment Ed swore in the video below...

WATCH: GMB's Ed Balls forced to apologise after swearing live on-air

At the time, the EastEnders star used a swear word to describe former prime minister David Cameron, asking why was able to relax in France "with his trotters up" while Britain dealt with the consequences of Brexit. 

While chatting about Danny's previous comments, Ed explained: "He used a 'T-word," asking: "Are we allowed to say that this early?"

Susanna quickly replied: "No, it's on the Ofcom list."

MORE: Everything GMB star Susanna Reid has said about her three sons

MORE: All there is to know about Susanna Reid's love life history

Ignoring his co-host, Ed said: "So you can't say [expletive]?"

Susanna Reid and Ed Balls© Photo: Rex

Ed apologised to viewers after swearing live on-air

Susanna, who was clearly a little stunned, responded: "You know we are on air?"

Richard Arnold, who joined the pair to discuss the day's entertainment news, interjected: "You can say 'trotters' though."

Susanna went on to say: "That's the 'T' word you meant!"

Realising his mistake, Ed apologised to the show's viewers. "I apologise for that," he said. "Apparently I shouldn't have said that, I didn't know! You should have told me, sorry!"

Swiftly moving on the discussion, Susanna introduced the competitions, reassuring viewers they were "going to clean up our act."

Susanna Reid and Ed Balls on GMB© Photo: Rex

Susanna and Ed hosted GMB on Wednesday morning

Viewers were quick to react to the moment, with many seeing the funny side of Ed's slip-up. One person wrote: "I am dead. Ed Balls dropped the T-bomb when he knew what the word was but said it anyway!! Gold!" while another added: "Absolutely love @edballs on #gmb."

A third person tweeted: "Love Ed Balls on #GMB."

The blunder comes just a week after Susanna announced that the show had reached one million followers on their Twitter account. 

Revealing the exciting news live on the show, she said: "You're watching Good Morning Britain and you're probably following Good Morning Britain as well because we've just reached one million followers on Twitter!"

Like this story? Sign up to our What to Watch newsletter to get other stories like this delivered straight to your inbox.

Sign up to HELLO Daily! for the best royal, celebrity and lifestyle coverage

By entering your details, you are agreeing to HELLO! Magazine User Data Protection Policy. You can unsubscribe at any time. For more information, please click here.

More TV and Film

See more