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Good Morning Britain’s new host Martin Lewis has unwittingly sparked a debate over ties after refusing to wear one for the news show.
The money-saving expert hosted the show with Susanna Reid for the first time today, wearing a blazer and shirt with an open collar.
His decision marks a major change to the typical uniform of the news presenter, where it’s tradition to always be seen in a suit.
It didn’t go unnoticed by Susanna, who quickly made a joke about it after asking if his choice was “down to his recent tooth surgery”.
“Wow, two minutes in and she’s already started!’ Martin laughed.
“The tie thing is interesting because the bosses said, ‘Are you gonna wear a tie, it’s part of our format to wear a tie’.
“I’m not disrespectful of the programme’s structure, I was on it for 15 years, [but] because I talk about money I’ve always had a deliberate thing, I won’t wear a tie because it appears corporate.
“And when you’re talking money, I want people to understand I’m not on the corporate side. I’m on the other side.”
Clearly Susanna wasn’t buying it, and pulled a face to demonstrate as such.
“Don’t pull a face at me,” Martin insisted. “I feel smart is good but I’m not gonna wear a tie.”
However, his first impression was already made, and soon the rest of the Good Morning Britain team were out in force to make their own cheeky dig as a debate raged online.
Sharing a group selfie, newsreader Charlotte Hawkins teased: “Morning! Welcome to [Martin Lewis] joining us on [GMB] this morning.
“Tie-less for today, but should he wear one tomorrow? You get to vote & decide…”
A poll was later put up on the official GMB Twitter, with 33,000 people putting in their thoughts over whether or not a tie was necessary.
Turns out, the overwhelming majority were on Martin’s side, with 89% of the votes saying they didn’t feel like he needed it.
“It’s all about being relaxed in your environment, if Martin doesn't want to wear a tie, that's ok, it doesn't stop him doing his job on GMB,” said one fan. “It’s so great to see him presenting with the lovely Susanna this Monday morning.”
Another said: “Carry on [Martin] and keep it all relaxed. Don’t need a presenter to keep to the corporate regime. It makes yourself and the viewers feel more relaxed.
“There’s a time and a place for a tie and morning breakfast is not the place. Welcome to your first morning on GMB.”
“I do like a tie, but if he prefers not to wear one, what’s it to me,” said a third. “He’s doing great already on the show, that’s the main thing.”
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.
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