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25 October 2019 12:39

This Morning welcomed back Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan today as the couple guest presented the programme.

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This Morning welcomed back Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan today as the couple guest presented the programme. They were the original hosts of the daytime TV fixture from October 1988 to July 2001 but returned this Friday for a one-off hosting stint. On the reasons behind the return, they've commented: "We're doing it purely for fun and because the viewers asked us to." As they graced television screens on Friday morning, those watching at home were excited to see them back together on the show after 18 years away from hosting duties. Viewers shared their views to Twitter, with one fan declaring: "Wow, forgot how relaxed and professional Richard and Judy are at presenting. Loving Richard and Judy on @thismorning It feels like a hug #richardandjudy#thismorning — Rachel Darke (@ICanWriteForYou) October 25, 2019 Turning back the years on @itv#thismorning.

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Lovely to see Richard and Judy back on. It brought back particular childhood memories for some who were reminded of watching the programme while off sick from school. It's Richard & Judy. � #ThisMorning — Vanessa (@vananna36) October 25, 2019 I feel just like an 11 year old skiving off school #ThisMorningpic.twitter.com/CDcjYscxmI — JOEL ROSS (@joelrossradio) October 25, 2019 While fans may be delighted to see the pair back on This Morning, they have ruled out a permanent comeback. Like we said, there's no agenda here – ITV asked us to do a show, we thought 'what the hell, why not' and it's as simple as that." After Madeley, 63, and Finnigan, 71, left the programme in 2001 they went on to host Channel 4's Richard and Judy until 2009.

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Madeley has intermittently filled in as a presenter on Good Morning Britain since 2017 and also appeared as a contestant in gameshow The Circleat the end of last month. One of his fellow players, Georgina Elliot, appeared on This Morning today to discuss Crohn's disease. She and Madeley were involved in a touching moment in the programme as the presenter praised her for opening up about being Crohn's sufferer. THIS Morning fans went wild today as Richard and Judy hosted the show for the first time in 18 years. The couple were the very first hosts of the ITV daytime show back in 1988 until their final episode in July 2001.

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5 This Morning fans went wild today as Richard and Judy hosted the show for the first time in 18 years Credit: itv But today Richard and Judy returned to stand in for normal Friday hosts, Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes who have been hosting the show the rest of the week. As the camera focused on the couple sitting on the famous sofa, Richard, 63, said: "As they say do not adjust your sets. "I did want to say it's lovely to be back but it's actually really weird." Viewers were thrilled to see the legendary pair on their TV screens once more. 5 The couple originally hosted the show from 1988 until 2001 Credit: Rex Features 5 The couple said it felt weird to be back on the show Credit: ITV it's Richard and Judy bringing back fond memories #ThisMorning". Another added: "Wow, forgot how relaxed and professional Richard and Judy are at presenting. A third agreed, writing: "OMG Richard and Judy are back on #ThisMorning today! The couple had a trip down memory lane while on the show, sharing a throwback to agony aunt Vanessa Feltz's first appearance on the show during their original tenure. Most Read in TV and Showbiz SPOILED ROTTEN Stranger Things fans beg writers for spoilers – and are stunned by response YUCKY WORRY Kerry Katona says Katie Price's mucky mansion was so gross it gave her anxiety head cold Laura Tobin forced to wear head scarf as GMB weather segment descends into chaos NEW WOMAN Single Adele shows off her incredible weight loss at pal Drake's birthday party DADDY'S PAYNE Liam Payne says he struggles to connect with son Bear and gushes over Cheryl CUT PRICE Katie Price forced to flog kids clothes for half price as she faces bankruptcy 5 Vanessa Feltz got a trip down memory lane as the couple shared a throwback to her first appearance on the show as an agony aunt Credit: itv 5 Vanessa hosted a segment about dating Credit: itv As Vanessa watched on from another part of the studio, she was seen in full 1990s garb during a segment on dating. Richard told viewers it was Judy who got Vanessa, 57, on the show for the first time. Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan made a welcome return to This Morning on Friday, winning praise for their interview with Jeremy Corbyn. The couple's return to the ITV programme marked their first time presenting it in 18 years. Madeley, 63, welcomed viewers by saying: "Do not adjust your sets. "Hello and welcome to your Friday's This Morning, I was going to say it's lovely to be back but it's actually weird." Finnigan, 71, added: "It's very, very weird. We will be talking to Paul O'Grady in a minute, he said he's just got new lenses in his specs and that is exactly how this feels here, really strange." Fans also praised the couple for grilling Jeremy Corbyn on Brexit and Boris Johnson: Finnigan's aside about the prime minister was also picked up on by viewers: Madeley and Finnigan's return saw them reunited with a string of familiar faces, including Paul O'Grady and Vanessa Feltz.