The programme’s original hosts will next month present the show they fronted for more than a decade – despite Judy declaring she would never go back. She said in 2011: “I wouldn’t remotely want to do television again.” But last month the married couple returned as guests. The public response was so overwhelming they have now agreed to stand in for regular Friday hosts Eamonn Holmes and wife Ruth Langsford.
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If the two-hour slot goes well it could become a regular gig for the Daily Express columnist pair, whose on-screen bickering became legendary.
Richard, 63, and Judy, 71, launched This Morning 31 years ago before quitting after a row with ITV executives in 2001.
Their stint included interviews with a young Phillip Schofield, who Richard described as “a sex symbol”. Other highlights included Richard dressing as spoof character Ali G and wondering if Judy did not want to present with him “because I is black?”.
“No, it’s because you look like an idiot,” she retorted.
Remembered for the way Judy always had to stop Richard giving away too much about their private life, the pair also endured a streaker on the weather map and staged the first on-air examinations for testicular cancer.
On the day they left, Judy cried and George Michael rang in to say he would miss them.
The couple will return on October 25. They said: “This Morning holds a very special place in our hearts, so we couldn’t be more delighted to take the helm once again.”
Editor Martin Frizell said: “We have been wanting to see Richard and Judy guest present for a while. We can’t wait to have these legends back.”