Judy Finnigan ‘doesn’t miss TV at all’, says Richard Madeley, despite his frequent roles

Tipping Point: Richard Madeley jokes about Judy Finnigan

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Richard Madeley, 65, has spoken out on his wife Judy Finnigan’s noticeable absence from TV screens in recent years. The couple previously hosted their own self-titled Channel 4 show Richard & Judy from 2001 to 2008, which attracted millions of viewers.

However, Richard has now said in an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk that Judy “is very, very, happy not to be doing television anymore”.

Despite Judy moving on from her successful TV career, Richard has continued to make several appearances on ITV shows.

Most recently, the journalist sat in Piers Morgan’s former chair next to Susanna Reid and fronted Good Morning Britain in a guest hosting stint.

When quizzed on whether he would like Judy to join him on GMB to reignite their presenting partnership, Richard said: “Judy is very, very, happy not to be doing television anymore. 

“I’ve always said this, I mean, she’s been completely upfront about it since we stopped doing Channel 4. 

“She’s very glad to step back, she doesn’t miss it at all.”

The star added: “She’s not tempted to sort of do what I do, which is basically to sit in for people, which I actually quite enjoy, keeping people’s seats warm, because it’s very low stress.

“You know, if you’re just sitting in, so if it’s something like Piers Morgan, which I’ve done a lot in the last two or three years, you have all the fun of doing the show and it keeps you match fit, but very little of the actual responsibility. 

 

“There’s no pressure, there’s no political pressure, there’s no ratings pressure, you just do the job and go home.”

Richard also spoke out on being the bookies favourite to replace Piers permanently after the outspoken journalist quit the ITV show back in March.

He divulged: “It’s literally the truth that I have not had a phone call or an email or anything from anyone, either on the programme, or from ITV.

“It seems to me it’s quite obvious that, quite rightly, and very sensibly, they’re trying people out.”

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Richard continued: “I’m going in in June, but it’s not a trial because I’ve already done it dozens of times. I’m just going in to fill in, I’m just doing a few days in June.

“I don’t think there’s any significance to that, it’s just now that the Covid restrictions are lifting a bit and they’re allowing more presenters in, it’s just me going back to what I did before, which is to fill in.”

Richard went on to open up on how he and Judy have been doing during the coronavirus pandemic and several national lockdowns.

The presenter said: “I can’t really complain. We’ve all had to make sacrifices and basically, we’ve had to put up with a lot of boredom and repetition. 

“Our lives have been seriously curtailed and chopped back and here we are, living in a free society with a free spirit and we really have to do what we’re told.

“We’re very lucky, we’ve got a home in Cornwall, it’s not a holiday home, it’s where we live a lot of the time, and we weren’t able to go there until April this year.” 

Discussing the travel restrictions, Richard continued: “That was really frustrating because we love Cornwall, it’s very important to us, and we have many friends down there and we are very much part of the community.

“We’re there a lot and we’re involved in the local community.”

“So that was probably the biggest miss and the biggest frustration, I would say, in all those months of lockdown,” Richard added.

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