As Richard and his wife Judy called into the show they presented together from 1988 until 2001, to pay their respects, Richard made a comment which has been lambasted by some critics.
"[It is] a very sad day," he said. "Although as Phil said, we could all see it coming, so it hasn’t come with the blindsided shock that poor Ronnie Corbett’s death hit everyone with yesterday."
He continued: "But yes, it is incredibly sad, but, as always with larger than life characters like Denise, quite joyous, as it gives us the chance to look back at an incredible life well lived."
Richard was referencing the fact that Denise had previously announced that she had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, while Ronnie had kept his battle with motor neuron disease a secret from fans.
The tactless remark came under fire from fans, with many taking to Twitter to air their views:
Eamonn Holmes, who recently underwent a double hip replacement, returned to ‘This Morning’ early from his sick leave, so he could front the show with his wife Ruth Langsford, having known Denise personally for over 30 years.