The 'jibes' appeared on Thursday 25 March when, under the headline 'Richard and Woozy', The Sun's Neil Syson decided to stick the boot in:
Former telly queen Judy Finnigan looks like she could do with a couple of hours rest on her old couch after a boozy lunch yesterday.
She was joined by hubby Richard and daughter Chloe for the meal at a cafe-bar in Hampstead, north London - washed down by a few glasses of wine.
Before most people had even seen it, Richard Madeley had tweeted:
'We're on it' suggested lawyers were involved, and the Sun's online article soon disappeared.
But not before the never-knowing-pleasant Georgina Littlejohn had managed to borrow (ahem) the pictures and ideas for the Mail website:
She has been subjected to allegations of alcoholism which she and husband Richard Madeley have always furiously denied.
But these pictures of a tipsy-looking Judy Finnigan are certainly not going to do her any favours or convince anyone that she's not partial to a drink or two.
This nasty little article suffered the same fate as the Sun one, disappearing from the website before the end of the day.
Today's Mail article is, presumably, a way of correcting the record without the Mail having to actually apologise. Indeed, they can pretend it was nothing to do with them:
But as she was photographed emerging, looking bleary-eyed and linking arms with her husband and daughter, everyone assumed the worse.
'Everyone'? Really? Or just some vile hacks with little journalistic talent looking to invent a story around a pap shot?
Until now, Judy's attitude, as it was with her depression, her miscarriage and her hysterectomy, has been to grin and get on with the job.
But this time it is different: the insinuation that she needed help walking because of an ongoing alcohol battle has been too much to bear.
Yes, how dare people 'insinuate' such a thing. The Mail must be appalled at such behaviour...
Richard, her loyal husband, is so furious about the false rumours that he decided to speak out to the Mail in a bid to show people just how wrong the stories are.
So when the Mail says it 'can reveal' the truth, and that Richard is speaking out 'to the Mail', they're covering the fact they are almost certainly doing this to avoid any further trouble over the original article.
Richard goes on to explain how they did go for lunch and yes, Judy had a glass-and-a-half of wine, but:
'Judy has ruptured the anterior cruciate ligaments in both her knees, and, like most people with this condition, appreciates an arm or rail going up or down steps or curbs.
'Crude comments were also written about her eyes. Again, for the record, Judy is recovering from not one, but two, operations in recent weeks on her right eye.
The Mail even include this break-out quote, just so no-one misses their furious back-tracking:
The original articles were full of spite and bile and completely bereft of anything resembling news. The Mail has given space to one of the people involved and pretended to be above it all, despite having gleefully poured fuel on the fire in the first place.
It now admits the original story was 'wrong' but appears to be getting away with actually apologising for it. No word from the Sun yet, but they look like getting away with it - deleting the story and acting like it never happened - too.