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British journalist and Good Morning Britain (GMB) presenter Richard Madeley received criticism after commenting on the cost-of-living crisis in a way many viewers found insensitive.
Whilst discussing a minister’s controversial guidance for struggling families to find a ‘better paid job’ with political activist Femi Oluwole, Madeley, stated: ‘“Do you think that she has got a point? That we are too quick as a society, largely because of social media to jump on the heads of people who are going into areas that are controversial, but some people say need saying. In other words 'God helps people who help themselves'. It’s an old saying but it has a degree of wisdom to it, hasn’t it?"
Following a successful 46 year career, dotted with similar controversies, what is Richard Madeley’s net worth?
As of 2022, Richard Madeley has an estimated net worth of $5 million (just over £4 million), according to Celebrity Net Worth.
Entering journalism at just 19, Madeley started out working for local newspapers in his hometown of Romford in Essex, before joining BBC Radio Carlisle as a News Reporter. He continued as a news and TV presenter for Yorkshire TV, Granada Reports, and ITV’s Rugby League, before taking on his seminal hosting role on ITV’s This Morning in 1988, alongside wife Judy Finnigan.
After leaving the show in 2001, the couple began The Richard and Judy Show, along with their self-titled book club, which aired in the early evenings on Channel 4 until 2008.
He has since taken presenting gigs both on TV and on air, including Have I Got News For You, and The Chris Evans Breakfast show on BBC Radio 2, where he has also covered for Zoe Ball and Terry Wogan. In 2021, Madeley was a contestant on the 21st series of I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!, but was forced to leave the show mid-series after being admitted to hospital.
Now 66, Madeley is a relief presenter for GMB, and writes an agony uncle column for The Telegraph. He boasts multiple best-selling books, including Richard and Judy: The Autobiography (2002), co-written with Finnigan, Fathers and Sons (2008), and The Night Book (2016).
Prior to his recent comments on poverty, the GMB presenter sparked similar anger in April 2022, when referring to Stop Big Oil’s slogan as "very Vicky Pollard" during an interview with its representative. Online criticism compared the incident to Netflix’s Don’t Look Up, which caricatures a similar scene featuring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, and Cate Blanchett.
Madeley has lived with wife Judy Finnigan in Hampstead Heath for over 25 years. Their detached mansion featured as the backdrop to their series Keep Reading and Carry on, which aired during the COVID-19 Pandemic. An adaptation of their book club, the couple shared their best reads along with celebrity guests throughout lockdown.
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