Susanna Reid and Andi Peters defend cricket legend after he swears on GMB

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Good Morning Britain host Susanna Reid explained to viewers "sometimes language is totally justified" after West Indian Cricket star Michael Holding accidentally let out an expletive during a powerful discussion about racism.

Michael, 67, had appeared on the programme to open up about his new book, Why We Kneel How We Rise.

During a passionate interview with hosts Ben Shephard and Susanna Reid, the legendary sportsman couldn't help letting out a swear word.

Speaking out on the important subject, he explained he'd previously been followed around shops due to the colour of his skin.

He said: "Because we have people growing up subconsciously thinking that they are superior to other races.

"And we have people growing up subconsciously or not that they are inferior to other races and that is a load of b*****s as you would say."

Ben quickly interjected: "We need to apologise unfortunately we can't use that word first thing in the morning but everyone understands the sentiment behind what you are saying.

Michael quickly said to viewers: "I apologise," but Ben and Susanna stood with him and defended his poignant message.

The Tipping Point star said: "No no, we can see how passionately you are about it."

Susanna chimed in: "Its a reflection of your strength of feeling."

After they had bided farewell to Michael, Susanna continued to throw her support behind him.

She said: "Sometimes the langue is entirely justified."

Later on in the show, Andi Peters took centre stage and delivered an emotional speech to back-up the cricketer's comments.

Andi said: "It is really interesting on our show, it is our show.

"The use of that one word as a person of colour meant a lot to me and thank you Michael for speaking the truth."

He confirmed that he had also been followed while at the shops but was fortunate enough to be on the TV.

Andi added: "They see me and think, oh it's that guy off of the telly, he isn't going to steal anything."

The TV star explained that Michael hadn't used "expletives in rage" and was standing firmly with him.

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays on ITV.

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