Richard Madeley has had a stellar career in showbiz over the past five decades, from Richard and Judy to Good Morning Britain.
Now the GMB host, who has been likened to Alan Partridge, is seemingly leaving it all behind to enter the jungle – or in this year’s case, the castle in Wales.
There are massive rumours circulating that the TV presenter is rumoured to be part of this year’s I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! lineup – something that appeared to be accidentally confirmed by Richard’s son-in-law.
Rugby star James Haskell seemingly let the cat out of the bag when he spoke ‘hypothetically’ about whether his father-in-law would be entering the TV competition, insisting: ‘He will be amazing’.
James quickly corrected himself, saying he ‘might’ be amazing – but for many it was all they needed to hear.
So with the new series of I’m A Celeb due to hit our screens in just over a week, here’s a closer look at one of the most eagerly-anticipated contestants.
What has Richard Madeley done before Good Morning Britain?
Richard has been part of the Good Morning Britain team since 2017 as a relief presenter, taking over if the main presenter was off or unwell.
Since Piers Morgan’s shock exit from the show earlier this year however, he is one of many stars who have taken over during the week, alongside co-host Susanna.
The popular presenter has worked in the media since he was a teenager, beginning at BBC Radio Carlisle before moving on to TV.
He was best known as a tag team with his wife Judy Finnigan, with the pair hosting ITV’s This Morning from its very first show in 1988, until 2001.
The couple were so popular on the show that most people knew This Morning as ‘Richard and Judy’ and it inspired producers from Channel 4 to later create a new show with the same name.
Richard has returned to This Morning on occasion, including for the show’s 25th anniversary, and has hosted numerous game shows including Runway, Connections and Fortune: Million Pound Giveaway.
The TV presenter is also an author, having released an autobiography with wife Judy, and three novels.
Richard Madeley’s biggest Good Morning Britain Blunders
Where to begin? Since replacing Piers Morgan on Good Morning Britain, Richard has been blasted – and even had to apologise – numerous times after making one gaffe or another.
There was the time he and Susannah Reid spearheaded a debate on whether Squid Game is suitable for children (spoiler alert: it’s not) and interrupted parenting expert Jade Evans, calling her ‘darling’.
Richard was called out on social media by viewers of the show for the ‘patronising’ attitude, with one person labelling him a ‘misogynistic and patronising dinosaur’.
He made headlines just days later when he called another female guest ‘darling’ during a heated debate on climate change.
Richard obviously learned his lesson – sort of – as he apologised immediately, saying ‘sorry to call you darling, it’s a habit of mine’.
Insulate Britain spokesperson Tracey Mullaghan replied sarcastically: ‘You’ve already been told off, haven’t you sweetheart?’
True to form, the star again upset Good Morning Britain viewers that very same week when he referred to Labour’s Deputy leader, Angela Rayner, as Keir Starmer’s ‘best girl’.
The TV presenter also came under fire for appearing to ‘victim blame’ a girl who had been spiked in a club, by asking her if she had been ‘taking precautions’ to avoid being targeted.
Prior to this, he had come under fire after Good Morning Britain aired a segment about royals William and Kate awarding £5million pounds to the winners of the Earthshot Prize awards.
At the end of the clip, Richard chose to comment on the Duchess of Cambridge’s ‘tiny, tiny waist’.
Then there was the segment where the ITV star wrongly introduced Health Secretary Sajid Javid as the ‘new Chancellor’.
Richard was also accused of going ‘full-on Alan Partridge’, most notably when he began speaking to a guest through the screen of the camera, before realising they were actually in the studio with him.
Other highlights include the memorable day he had a Ross from Friends moment when he mistook fake tan for face moisturiser and got ‘darker and darker’ while on screen.
And a special shout-out to the moment he declared ‘the dog has to die’ after hearing a story of a woman who remortgaged her house to pay for surgery on her pet.
Credit: Original article published here.