Susanna Reid awkwardly rejects Adil Ray's hug

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Susanna Reid turned down a hug from her co-star Adil Ray on air in order to ‘protect’ him.

Monday’s episode of Good Morning Britain saw the panel, which also included Charlotte Hawkins, discuss the return of hugging as Covid-19 restrictions continue to ease.

Susanna insisted she wanted to ration her hugs and save them for her parents rather than dish them out at work.

As Dr Hilary advised people on how to stay safe while sharing a hug, Adil stood up tried to encourage Susanna to bring it in.

‘Come on, I haven’t seen you in such a long time!’ he said.

An uncertain Susanna replied: ‘What did Dr Hilary say? I am still in the mood for a virtual hug!’

Insisting she was ‘protecting’ her co-host she added: ‘If we ration our hugs that means we can hug at more important times.’

Adil said: ‘If there was no pandemic you still would not hug people.

‘We went to the National Television Awards, we jumped on a bus to go there, I went to hug you and you went “No it’s fine!”‘

Susanna shared later: ‘Ration your hugs. I’m saving mine for my mum and dad, sorry Adil.’

Their jokey exchange came after Dr Hilary warned people to wear a mask while hugging and not to speak during it to lower possibility of transmission.

He said on Monday’s episode: ‘Ask them if they want to hug, get consent first, and then by all means hug, but I would still wear a mask, I would turn your head away and not talk to them whilst you’re hugging them, because it’s aerosol contact.’

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays from 6am on ITV.

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