Richard Madeley says Judy 'gets it' when he has a 'cock-up' on 'Good Morning Britain'

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Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan still run their book club together and work on a weekly newspaper column. (Channel 4)
Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan still run their book club together and work on a weekly newspaper column. (Channel 4)

Richard Madeley says his wife Judy Finnigan 'gets it' when he's made a 'cock-up' on Good Morning Britain and said something he shouldn't have done, thanks to their 'instant understanding' from years of working together in TV.

He told Kate Thornton on White Wine Question Time that although it might not seem from the outside that they were 'bonded' in the same way they used to be, the couple did still work together on their book club and newspaper column, and that having Judy's TV background meant they still talked a lot of things through and she knows what he's talking about.

He said: "I'll talk about a cock-up that I've made, I've said something that I shouldn't have done [and] I'm going to have to bloody deal with tomorrow. She gets it. You know, she's been there. She's been there with me."

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Judy left the world of broadcast behind in 2015, having presented with Richard on This Morning from 1988-2001, on their own chat show until 2008, and then appearing on panel show Loose Women, while Richard still regularly appears on Good Morning Britain.

He said because Judy had spent decades in television and journalism, she knew straight away when he would start telling her how his morning at work had gone. He said it was the same if there was a cabinet minister who wouldn't give a straight answer and he'd 'had to get quite heavy with him'.

"She knows what I'm talking about," said Richard, "because she's done it."

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Judy said she 'quite enjoys it' because she felt a part of his work on a topical programme and could relate to it instantly if he came home 'complaining about a particular interviewee or celebrity'.

She added: "That's the thing about being on telly, if you stop being on telly, everybody thinks you disappear.

"But actually, there is life outside of the television studio, there's quite a lot of interesting things to do outside television, as I'm finding out."

Judy Finnigan and Richard Madeley on This Morning in 1990. (Getty Images)
Judy Finnigan and Richard Madeley on This Morning in 1990. (Getty Images)

Of his time on Good Morning Britain, Richard said 'who knew how long it would go on' and that he quite liked 'operating at the level' of the 'month-to-month' nature of it.

He said: "I've had my main career curve, I'm not seeking another huge career, we'll see what happens, but I enjoy it. I enjoy doing it."

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Going back to the fact that Judy understood the work he did on the show, he said the couple have a 'shorthand' and he didn't have to explain things to her.

He added: "It's not like she's a bank manager, retired. She's a television presenter, retired. And so that instant understanding and comprehension is totally there.

"So we're not actually as detached. I suppose we're a bit semi-detached, but we're not detached in the way that it might seem to outsiders."

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