Judy Finnigan rules out appearing on ITV’s This Morning after 'extraordinary disaster'
21.11.2023 - 12:49
Former This Morning presenter Judy Finnigan said she doesn't watch the ITV show anymore - and won’t even appear on it to promote her book. The 75-year-old presenter and author co-hosted the programme with her husband Richard Madelely for 13 years, leaving in 2001.
Over the past year the show has undergone some major changes with both of the main presenters leaving the show. Phillip Schofield quit ITV completely in May after admitting to an “unwise but not illegal” relationship with a younger male colleague.
Holly Willoughby then left This Morning in October, saying the decision was made “for me and my family”. Various presenters have hosted the show since, but Judy has declared that she would not return.
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She told Saga Magazine: “For 13 years Richard and I hosted This Morning but I will no longer watch it, and won’t appear on there to talk about my book. This isn’t a protest. It’s just a very different show than it was when we were doing it.
“We’d interview people about books and you felt like there was some real interest there. I’m not sure there would be now.”
Judy described the fact that both Holly and Phillip quit as an “extraordinary disaster” for the show. She added: “Phillip is not a close friend but he is a friend and I must admit I simply cannot understand why he had to go.”
Phillip stepped down from his role on This Morning on May 20 this year, following a reported rift with Holly. He said at the time he was leaving so the show “can move forward to a bright future”. On May 26 he then admitted to the
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