Richard and Judy are set to host This Morning for the first time in 18 years next month after their recent return to the show as guests

They hosted the show for thirteen successful years from 1988 to 2001. 

And Richard Madeley, 63, and Judy Finnigan, 71, are set to host This Morning for the first time in eighteen years as they make their daytime TV comeback. 

The married couple will stand-in for Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford for a two-hour show, following their recent appearance as guests in August.

Back in action: Richard Madeley, 63, and Judy Finnigan, 71, are set to host This Morning for the first time in eighteen years as they make their daytime TV comeback (pictured in August 2019)

Back in action: Richard Madeley, 63, and Judy Finnigan, 71, are set to host This Morning for the first time in eighteen years as they make their daytime TV comeback (pictured in August 2019) 

Speaking about their return, Richard and Judy said: 'This Morning holds a very special place in our hearts, so we couldn’t be more delighted to take the helm once again.'

This Morning Editor Martin Frizell said: 'The This Morning family, both in the studio and at home, have been wanting to see Richard and Judy guest present the show for a while now. 

'The time finally felt right and we can’t wait to have these broadcasting legends back on the sofa.'

Richard and Judy returned to This Morning for the first time in eighteen years as guests in August where they were interviewed by Rochelle Humes and Mollie King.

The couple said: 'This Morning holds a very special place in our hearts. We couldn’t be more delighted to take the helm once again'

The couple said: 'This Morning holds a very special place in our hearts. We couldn’t be more delighted to take the helm once again'

The married pair discussed their new book, but chat quickly turned to the 'weird' nature of them appearing as guests rather than broadcasters on the programme that made them household names.

The couple also found it funny that Rochelle was not even born when they first took to the screens when the magazine show debuted in 1988.

Judy asked the former The Saturdays singers: 'Where you born then, either of you?'   

Rochelle revealed: 'I was reading over the briefing and it said 1988, I was born in 89, a year after!'

The former pop star then went on to quiz the TV stalwarts: 'Isn’t this weird, being interviewed on This Morning?’

Show: The married couple will stand-in for Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford for a two-hour show, following their recent appearance as guests in August (pictured in 1998)

Show: The married couple will stand-in for Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford for a two-hour show, following their recent appearance as guests in August (pictured in 1998)

Richard responded: 'It’s like walking through a mirror! I keep wanting to thank you and then turn to the camera!'

Not allowing Richard to hog the limelight, Judy decided to say the outro to camera and mocked her husband by telling him: 'You’re not Piers Morgan you know, and I’m not Susanna Reid!'

Richard then retorted: 'I would've done it better.'

Richard and Judy left This Morning in 2001 when they were poached by Channel 4 to front their own eponymous afternoon show, Richard & Judy.

Way back: The married pair discussed their new book, but chat quickly turned to the 'weird' nature of them appearing as guests rather than broadcasters (pictured in August 2019)

Way back: The married pair discussed their new book, but chat quickly turned to the 'weird' nature of them appearing as guests rather than broadcasters (pictured in August 2019) 

Judy's last television job was in October 2014 when she was introduced as a regular panellist for Loose Women.

Richard and Judy are parents to Jack, 33, and Chloe, 31, who is married to rugby union player James Haskell. They are also proud grandparents to Jack's son, Kit, 10 months.

Judy has two other children, twins Dan and Tom, from her previous marriage to journalist David Henshaw.

Past: Richard and Judy left This Morning in 2001 when they were poached by Channel 4 to front their own eponymous afternoon show, Richard & Judy (pictured in 1988)

Past: Richard and Judy left This Morning in 2001 when they were poached by Channel 4 to front their own eponymous afternoon show, Richard & Judy (pictured in 1988) 

Richard and Judy are set to host This Morning for the first time in 18 years

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