Richard & Judy say they have agreed an assisted death pact.
TV personalities Judy Finnigan and Richard Madeley have said they have agreed an assisted death pact should one of them fall seriously ill. During an interview with the Telegraph, Madeley said he wouldn't care about being prosecuted.
Judy Finnigan [L] and Richard Madeley [R] Celebrating 25 Years of 'This Morning'
"If Judy was really ill and in logical mind...I wouldn't give a tuppenny if there was a risk of being prosecuted. I'd do what was right for my wife."
Finnigan added: "And I'd do the same. Stuff it all! We've made ourselves give each other a pledge along those lines."
Madeley continued: "If, when the time came... Judy said to me, 'But what about you? What about the risk of prosecution?', I'd say, 'That's my problem, I'll deal with that, don't worry about it.' And for me, it would be the locked room, the bottle of whisky and the revolver. I wouldn't want to mess around."
Alistair Thompson, a spokesman for Care Not Killing, denounced the remarks, saying, "This is another deeply depressing and misguided set of comments from two much-loved celebrities, who should know better.
"These headline-grabbing comments go against the advice of organisations like the World Health Organisation which says that discussions about suicide and assisted suicide need to be handled very carefully to prevent taking your own life or helping someone to die appear normal"
"Changing the law so you can kill a loved one, or be killed would put many vulnerable people at risk who might be pressured into ending their life, because they might feel that they had become either a care or financial burden.
"Before making similar comments I hope that Richard and Judy might investigate more thoroughly the amazing quality of palliative care we have in this country and visit one or more of the UK's outstanding hospices. How we maintain both with an ageing population and in times of austerity is what we desperately need to discuss."
Richard & July Strolling About In Hampstead
Charity Dying in Dignity, which campaigns for a change in the law to allow assisted dying, would not comment directly on the couple's remarks, but said: "Dying people should not have to suffer against their wishes at the end of life, and neither should loved ones be forced into a position where they have to break the law to help them die."
Madely and Finnigan are best known for fronting ITV show This Morning, as well as their Channel 4 talk show and book club.
Finnigan - who is finishing up her second book - said she has no interest in returning to television, saying, "You get to a point where you think, 'I cannot bear to interview another soap star. I just can't.' We were always being given soap stars who had a storyline about having Aids or something. But you can't sit there and talk to them about Aids when they're actors! The whole thing just became more and more artificial and more and more silly and irrelevant to me and I just lost interest, really."