Judy Finnigan retires from TV after 43 years citing health reasons

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The telly duo are no  more, but Richard and Judy are enjoying life together off-screen. (PA)

Ex-This Morning icon Judy Finnigan has retired from television, citing health reasons.

The news came that Judy, 70, wouldn’t be appearing on TV anymore, after doing so for decades alongside husband Richard Madeley, 62 – but he will continue.

The couple’s daughter, Chloe, 30, told the Sun that her mum’s career in the public eye is over, saying: ‘My mum is done with TV and if she went back to it I don’t think it would make her happy.’

Daughter Chloe Madeley and fiance James Haskell. (PA)

Judy has been on our screens for an incredible 43 years, with her last telly appearance on Loose Women back in 2015. Prior to that and up until 2014, she was a regular on the show’s panel.

‘She wants to concentrate on other things, such as her health and our family,’ Chloe confirmed.

She also confirmed her dad would still pursue his longstanding on-screen career: My dad is still in the mix on TV. I love watching him do what he does best and I love listening to him.’

The married couple made their This Morning debut in 1988, as the duo became household names and familiar to millions. They later moved to Channel 4 in 2001 to pursue their new show, airing at teatime rather than throughout the morning, by the name of Richard and Judy.

Richard and Judy back in the day at This Morning, with Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. (PA)

Her husband still features on various shows and TV channels, notably as a stand-in on Good Morning Britain and appears elsewhere, such as well as hosting a show on BBC Radio 2.

Daughter and fitness expert Chloe also shared that since Judy had given up TV, she’d transformed her life by eating ‘fresh, clean, wholesome food’ and had lost a lot of weight – so much so that her clothes were now ‘really baggy’.

Outspoken hubby Richard once described his wife as ‘the most reluctant TV presenter I’ve ever known’.

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