THIS Morning and Loose Women fans were left outraged today after the show was cancelled for the Rugby World Cup.
The Monday edition, hosted by Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby, has made way for the tournament that is taking place in Tokyo.
Fans of the daytime show weren’t impressed, with one writing on Twitter: “Sorry but who cares about the Rugby? It’s 10:30am I need my Holly and Phil fix”
Another moaned: “You could’ve put Rugby on another channel nobody watches. 6 weeks of Rugby interrupting the schedule is not acceptable.”
Another questioned: “Why? We don’t want to see this nonsense.”
While a third said: “Two-day # week for @ . Particularly disappointing when you don’t like rugby. We’ll see her tomorrow and Wednesday and that’s it this week..”
Another asked why another channel couldn’t have aired the sport.
“This is not good, am not interested in rugby, spoiling my day,” said another.
The rugby kicked off today with Wales’ first game in the competition, making Loose Women also affected.
There is some good news on the horizon for fans of the show though.
Legends Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan are returning to host 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.”
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 big comeback show proves a success.
The pair drew millions of viewers to the series with their on-air bickering and cringe-worthy stunts, which saw them swapping clothes and Richard dressing up as Ali G, opposite “me Judy”.
They were known for japes including swapping outfits in 1992[/caption]
Richard famously turned up dressed as Ali G in the summer of 2000[/caption]
They launched the programme in Liverpool back in 1988[/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 was hosted by 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 the silver fox forming a successful double-act with Fern until she quit the show.
Richard and Judy appeared on the show as guests in August[/caption]
The pair will be stand-ins for regular Friday hosts Eamonn and Ruth[/caption]
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She was replaced by Holly Willoughby in 2009, with her and Phil recently celebrating a decade on the show together.
Richard and Judy had a test run on the modern-day 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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