Richard and Judy will host This Morning for the first time in 18 years after vowing never to return

Richard and Judy will host This Morning for the first time in 18 years after vowing never to return

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THIS Morning legends Richard Madeley and Judy Finnegan are returning to host the show for the first time in 18 years.

The husband-and-wife team are coming back as stand-in presenters – despite Judy vowing never to return, insisting: “I wouldn’t remotely want to do television again.”

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Richard and Judy are returning to host This Morning[/caption]

Richard, 63, and Judy, 71, will stand in for the show’s regular Friday hosts Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford for a two-hour show.

The Mirror quotes the couple as saying: “This Morning holds a very special place in our hearts, so we couldn’t be more delighted to take the helm once again.”

It adds that they could be offered regular hosting gigs if their initial show is a success.

The pair drew millions of viewers to the show with their on-air bickering and cringe-worthy stunts, which saw them swapping clothes and Richard dressing up as Ali G, opposite “me Judy”.

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They launched the programme in Liverpool back in 1988[/caption]

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They were known for japes including swapping outfits in 1992[/caption]

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Richard famously turned up dressed as Ali G in the summer of 2000[/caption]

They are due to appear as presenters again on Friday October 25 from 10.30am.

The daytime hit’s editor Martin Frizzell said: “We can’t wait to have these broadcasting legends back on the sofa.”

When Richard and Judy left This Morning, the show went through a range of experimental pairings, starting with Coleen Nolan and Twiggy and followed by John Leslie and Fern Britton.

John wound up being replaced by Phillip Schofield in 2002 with him forming a successful double-act with Fern until she quit the show to be replaced by Holly Willoughby in 2009.

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Richard and Judy appeared on the show as guests in August[/caption]

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The pair will be stand-ins for regular Friday hosts Eamonn and Ruth[/caption]

Richard and Judy had a test run on This Morning in August, when they returned to the show as guests.

The pair appeared on the sofa alongside Love Island stars Molly-Mae Hague and Tommy Fury.

When Richard started grilling the pair, summer stand-in Rochelle Humes intervened, saying: “You can sit in for us later if you want.”

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