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Comedians Jon Richardson and Lucy Beaumont announce divorce

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Comedians Jon Richardson and Lucy Beaumont have announced they are divorcing after nine years of marriage.

In a statement, the couple said they had “jointly and amicably made the difficult decision to divorce and go our separate ways”.

They added: “As our only priority is managing this difficult transition for our daughter, we would ask that our privacy is respected at this sensitive time to protect her well-being.

“We will be making no further comment.”

The couple have starred together in the mockumentary Meet The Richardsons – in which they play “exaggerated versions of themselves” – since 2020.

The duo, who have a daughter, also starred together on Celebrity Gogglebox.

Beaumont was nominated in 2023 for a BAFTA TV award in the best female performance in a comedy programme category for her part in Meet The Richardsons.

However, in an interview last year, Beaumont said their on-screen personas for the show, in which they often bicker, were not a true reflection of their real-life relationship.

“It’s been great, but I see comments on social media and people don’t seem to realise it’s not real,” she told the Sunday Post.

“I don’t henpeck – we wouldn’t have lasted this long if I was as mean to him in real life.”

On the concept for the show, she added: “You don’t want to see a smug couple in love, in a nice house, with a stable career and a lovely little child. Who wants to see that?”

In a separate interview with The Guardian last year, Richardson said: “Every couple argues, but we have an end product for our arguments.

“We hone them, then put them on TV. And then it’s like: ‘Oh, perhaps we weren’t arguing – perhaps we were just working on a routine.'”

Beaumont, a stand-up comic from Hull, whose routines often feature anecdotes about her home city, has appeared on panel shows such as Have I Got News For You.

She also appeared as a contestant on the 16th series of the comedy game show, Taskmaster, which was broadcast last year.

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Richardson, also a stand-up star, known for his dry humour, was previously a team captain on 8 Out Of 10 Cats.

In 2018, the Lancaster-born comedian launched the panel show Jon Richardson: Ultimate Worrier, which ran on Dave for two series.

He previously co-hosted with Russell Howard on BBC Radio 6 Music.

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