Telly favourites Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan have ruled out a comeback as full-time presenters.
The pair are best known for presenting ITV’s This Morning from its launch in 1988 until 2001 when they moved to Channel 4 to present their own teatime show.
During an appearance on This Morning earlier today to discuss the return of their book club the couple admitted that they don’t miss the grind of daily presenting.
Richard explained “People ask us if we miss it, and the answer is ‘not at all’, not that it wasn’t fabulous fun because it was great, but doing what you guys do now – I like hosting on a one-off basis – but four, five days a week, I couldn’t do it.”
Judy said “It is fun coming back and I remember the fun and atmosphere we had, but I don’t want to do that anymore… I’ve done decades of it. I don’t want to do anymore hosting on TV and its just because I think everyone needs a change from time to time and this kind of daily television that we’ve done all of our careers is just very demanding, there’s not much time to do or think about anything else. And I wanted to have a break and write and all that kind of stuff…”
Richard added “We did 21 years together – 14 here and 7 on the Channel 4 show – and we’ve done enough now… and I’m doing enough freelancing to keep me happy and I’m writing as well, so it’s fine, we’re happy.”
To watch a clip of Richard and Judy on This Morning, click here: http://www.itv.com/thismorning/showbiz/richard-madeley-judy-finnigan-summer-book-club
This Morning was originally produced from studios overlooking the Albert Dock in Liverpool before moving to London Studios in 1996. Its current hosts are Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby, with Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes covering Fridays.
The programme airs weekdays from 10.30am on ITV