Wednesday 18 September 2019

Judy Finnigan is done with TV at 70, daughter claims

The TV star, best known for appearing in duo Richard and Judy with her husband, has retired from her small-screen career.

Judy Finnigan is done with TV at 70, daughter Chloe claims (Ian West/PA)
Judy Finnigan is done with TV at 70, daughter Chloe claims (Ian West/PA)

By Lucy Mapstone, Press Association Deputy Entertainment Editor

Judy Finnigan has ended her TV career, according to her daughter Chloe Madeley.

The presenter, 70, is best known for being one half of TV duo Richard and Judy with husband Richard Madeley, along with whom she hosted ITV’s flagship daytime programme This Morning from 1988 until 2001.

The couple’s daughter Chloe told The Sun newspaper: “My mum is done with TV and if she went back to it I don’t think it would make her happy.

Judy Finnigan is 'done with TV', according to her daughter (Yui Mok/PA)

“She wants to concentrate on other things, such as her health and our family.”

Chloe, 30, added: “My dad is still in the mix on TV. I love watching him do what he does best and I love listening to him.”

After quitting This Morning, the couple moved to Channel 4 in 2001, where they had a 5pm chat show called Richard and Judy.

The programme moved to the channel Watch in 2008, but ended in 2009.

In 2014, Finnigan became a panellist on ITV’s Loose Women, appearing several times until 2015, but in recent years she has been largely absent from the small screen.

Madeley, 62, has appeared as a relief presenter on Channel 5’s The Wright Stuff in recent years and is also a stand-in host on ITV’s Good Morning Britain.

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