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Richard Wilkins, 66, shocks co-stars with baby news

Gillian Wolski
·Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
·2-min read

Richard Wilkins, 66, has left his Weekend Today co-stars in shock after sharing some surprise baby news live on air.

On Saturday morning the veteran TV personality announced that he was a grandfather twice-over after his daughter, Rebecca, welcomed her second child earlier in the week.

Richard Wilkins has shocked his Weekend Today co-stars with some surprise baby news. Photo: Channel Nine.
Richard Wilkins shocked his Weekend Today co-stars with some surprise baby news. Photo: Channel Nine.

“I became a granddad for the second time, on Thursday,” Richard revealed to a stunned Rebecca Madden and Sophie Walsh.

“My beautiful daughter Becky and her husband James had a beautiful little daughter, Abigail Rose Wilkins,” he added.

Both Rebecca and Sophie were clearly taken aback, with the latter declaring, “I did not know this!” before congratulating Richard on his growing family.

Richard beamed as he told Becky he loved her and was proud of her while sweet photos of her newborn bub appeared on the screen.

He added that he’s known as ‘Papa Bear’ to his oldest grandchild, Becky and James’ first child Bella.

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Richard, 66, with his daughter Becky, her husband James and their first daughter, Bella. Photo: Instagram/richardwilkins.
Richard, 66, with his daughter Becky, her husband James and their first daughter, Bella. Photo: Instagram/richardwilkins.

Wilkins brood

Richard shares five children with four different partners. His eldest son, Adam, 45, was conceived on Richard’s 18th birthday with his then-16-year-old high school girlfriend, known only as Lynette.

Next came a daughter, Rebecca, and another son, Nick, both of whom do not work in the entertainment industry.

Richard’s third son, 25-year-old Christian, is from his marriage to flight attendant Michelle Burke while he shares second daughter, Estella, 16, with his ex-girlfriend, Aussie designer Collette Dinnigan.

Back in August 2020, Richard made it ‘Instagram official’ with his new girlfriend, Nicola Dale, by sharing a sweet photo of the pair on a romantic getaway in NSW’s Byron Bay.

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