Richard Madeley says wife Judy Finnigan 'never really enjoyed' parts of working on TV

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Judy Finnigan and Richard Madeley with author Rosamund Lupton (centre) unveil the eight new titles of their Spring Book Club, exclusively with WHSmith at the Soho Hotel in London.
Richard Madeley suggested Judy Finnigan is unlikely to return to TV. (PA)

Richard Madeley has suggested his wife Judy Finnigan is unlikely to return to TV and that she "never really enjoyed" parts of it.

The pair presented This Morning together from 1988 until 2001 and then went on to host their own show, Richard & Judy, until 2009.

Madeley, 66, has gone on to other programmes such as Good Morning Britain and I’m A Celebrity, but Finnigan has largely remained out of the public eye in recent years.

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The TV star was on Loose Women when panellist Stacey Solomon asked: "And Judy never wants to come back to telly?"

“No not really,” he replied. “She tried this show for a while didn’t she?”

Richard Madeley was full of praise for his wife. (ITV)
Richard Madeley was full of praise for his wife. (ITV)

He went on: “I always say this about Judy, in my mind, she was probably the best female TV presenter of her generation – amazing.

"But she never really enjoyed it that much.

"She enjoyed the job, the process, but all the rubbish that comes along with it, being in the papers… She never enjoyed that.”

"She doesn’t miss it at all," he went on.

Madeley also opened up about the fact his daughter Chloe Madeley is expecting a baby girl with her husband James Haskell.

TV presenters Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan outside the Channel 4 building in London after announcing a two-year deal with the channel. The TV hosts are quitting ITV's This Morning after 13 years to present a Channel 4 chat show.   * The pair said there had been no bidding war between channels, but they simply wanted to try something different. They are due to move to Channel 4 in the autumn when their current contract with Granada runs out.
Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan were on TV together for years. (PA)

He said: "She was due on the 5th August and they’ve moved it to the 7th August now.

"She's in France at the moment, she's coming up to 34 weeks."

The star, who also has a son with Finnigan, said he was very excited that Chloe was having a girl.

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"We’ve got two granddaughters and we’ve got a grandson, but something about our daughter having a little girl, it shouldn’t make any difference but it sort of does," he said.

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