Richard Madeley reveals holiday row with wife Judy Finnigan after blunder worse than ‘having an affair’: ‘She didn’t speak to me for two days’

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Richard Madeley felt the wrath of wife Judy Finnigan after making such a huge blunder that she ‘didn’t speak to him for two days’. 

The TV presenter returned to Good Morning Britain on Monday after enjoying a summer break with his wife of 35 years.


However, their high spirits quickly soured after Richard forgot to pack Judy’s summer clothes. 

When Susanna Reid asked if he’d ‘had a nice summer’, Richard replied: ‘With certain qualifications. It didn’t get off to the best of starts.’

He then explained: ‘Judy and I drove to France and I was responsible for packing the car because I drive the car then I pack the car. But that meant being responsible for packing everyone’s clothes.

‘Judy said to me the morning that we left, “There are two sets of clothes on hangers, one there on the left, one there on the right, you pack them both”. I said “sure”.

‘We get to France and Judy says, “Where’s that jacket I wanted to change into? Where’s that skirt?” I left half of her clothes in London. Half of them. She bought them especially.’

Richard and Judy’s holiday didn’t get off to the best start (Picture: Rex Features)

The 65-year-old then joked to a stunned Susanna: ‘I think I would have been in less trouble if I’d had an affair.’

Richard said of his lesson learnt: ‘You just don’t leave your wife’s summer clothes. She bought them especially for France. So anyway, thank God for Fedex.’

‘She basically didn’t speak to me for the first two days,’ he revealed.

Prior to jetting off for the summer, Richard announced his joy at returning to the GMB studios earlier this year and tweeted: ‘Not one, not two, but three early morning alarms by my bed tonight – back on guest co-hosting duties with Good Morning Britain tomorrow. 

‘Good to be back (well, for me… as to you, I can only apologise…) See you there, folks!’ 

Richard has returned to GMB this week (Picture: Rex Features)

However, for viewers hoping to see more of Richard on their screens, the TV icon said he isn’t interested in replacing Piers Morgan who quit the programme in March.

Speaking to earlier this year, he said: ‘If the phone went and they said, ‘Would you come in and talk?’ of course I would talk to them. It would be bonkers not to.

‘But I very much like sitting in for people. I have all the fun and very little of the responsibility or flak.’ 

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Richard and Judy were a staple of This Morning after originally hosting the series in its heyday, before later getting their own spin-off, Richard & Judy, which ran from 2001 until 2009. 

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.

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