BBC Breakfast presented an unexpected shake-up over the weekend.
Regular presenter Naga Munchetty, 48, was joined by Charlie Stayt, 61, before a major change was announced to the show on Saturday morning.
The Streatham-born presenter wrapped up the programme earlier than usual, as the air spot was instead taken by Saturday Kitchen with Matt Tebutt.
The morning show usually ends at 10am – meaning viewers missed out on 45 minutes of news reading, including the typical banter between Naga and the TV chef, 49.
Saturday Kitchen took to their X/Twitter account let viewers know about the sudden change: ‘Set your alarms! We’re on at the earlier time of 09:15am tomorrow and we’ve got a jam-packed show!
@matt_tebutt’s in the studio with @chefvivieksingh, @AnatoleAlexina, @auldhag, @jollyollyn and special guest Ashley Jensen! #SaturdayKitchen live on @bbcone at 09.15am!’
The scheduling change was made to allow for the broadcast of the Lord Mayor’s Show, which was taking place in London later that day.
Fans of the star slammed hosts Charlie and Naga for their ‘awkward’ questions as the Spice Girl appeared to discuss her new book.
Naga probed Geri on whether she had ‘researched’ them before the interview, while Charlie accused her of ‘pointing her finger’ a lot during the chat.
During the discussion, Naga said: ‘Do you know what, you’re very interesting as an interviewee. You’ve come in, making sure you’ve done your research on us as well haven’t you?’
Geri insisted it was the ‘polite thing to do’, before Charlie jumped in, and said: ‘Also, you point your finger quite a lot, to be honest.’
Shocked, she replied: ‘Is that rude?! I’m so sorry Charlie.’
Naga then bluntly said: ‘Do you not like being interviewed?’
However Geri insisted that she ‘didn’t mind’ being interviewed because she enjoys the communication.
In another awkward moment, Geri told how she does the writing for her novel in a shed in her garden because it helps her concentrate.
However, Charlie skeptically chimed in: ‘I bet it’s not a little shed, is it? When you say shed, I’m thinking like a warehouse or luxury room.’
Geri replied: ‘I’m hearing cynicism, no it’s a little shed in the garden.’
Taking to Twitter to react to the cringe-worthy exchange, viewers accused the presenters of having an ‘antagonistic undertone’.
One person said: ‘Why is this interview with Geri on BBC Breakfast so awkward? Geri is a delight, but both interviewers seem to have this slight antagonistic undertone, it’s so weird!’
Another view was on Charlie’s side, and said: ‘@BBCBreakfast wtf is going on with Geri and Charlie? So condescending and arrogant against him.’
A third noted: ‘Disappointing to hear Geri being asked more about her husband than her writing. Very naughty Charlie!’
Another added: ‘It would have been great to hear Geri talk without being interrupted an condescended constantly.’
A different person, wrote: ‘I was cringing as I watched the interview.’
One other said: ‘Yet another car crash interview with Munchetti and Stayt…’
Others noticed that Geri ‘didn’t look like she was enjoying the interview at all.’