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How much are the Gogglebox stars paid? – The Sun

GOGGLEBOX has continued to entertain Brits up and down the country, with fans praising the heart-warming interactions of stars who – like us – are tuning into some telly from their sofas in coronavirus lockdown.

Many viewers have been left confused about whether those still appearing on the programme are flouting social distancing rules. But how much are those still filming getting paid?

How much do Gogglebox stars get paid?

Gogglebox is a British reality TV series which has aired regularly on Channel 4 since 2013.

The show involves small groups of family and friends watching a wide variety of shows from the comfort of their living room while sharing their honest thoughts.

Despite the fact that it doesn't sound like too much effort, those who appear on the series are paid a fee.

Producers have never confirmed how much this is and whether it's per person, or per group.

However, The Sun exclusively revealed in 2016 that each household is paid the same monthly allowance of £1,500.

A show insider shared that the fee is then split amongst contributors at their own discretion.

What's more, they also get to tuck into a free takeaway of their choice to keep them fuelled during long filming sessions.

They have to watch 12 hours of telly a week in total – which is divided into two six-hour stints.

This allows most participants to hold down their usual full-time or part-time jobs around filming.

It seems most stars make their extra cash through deals and endorsements they strike thanks to their Gogglebox fame.

Scarlett Moffatt, who appeared on the show until 2016, revealed on I'm A Celebrity that she had paid off her parents' mortgage with her newfound fortune.

Meanwhile, Sandra Martin, who left in 2017, told the Mail On Sunday that she had been making an annual salary of £100,000 thanks to the programme.

Most of the current stars were approached by casting directors.

However, Studio Lambert producers have in the past encouraged viewers with "strong and entertaining" opinions to get in touch with them via email at [email protected]

Despite this, the show's creator Stephen Lambert previously said in 2015 of the casting process that "everybody on Gogglebox has been found and persuaded to be on the show and I think that's the key to why they are likeable and why the show works, because we get to know these people".

At the time, he noted: "We've never advertised for people on Gogglebox."

When is Gogglebox on Channel 4?

The new series of Gogglebox continues TONIGHT Friday, May 22, 2020.

You can catch series 15 of the hit show at 9pm every Friday on Channel 4.

Previous series of Gogglebox have run for 15 episodes and this is likely to be no different.

Viewers can catch up on any missed episodes on Channel 4+1 or online at All4.

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Gogglebox star stuns fans with 'unrecognisable' throwback snap

Gogglebox star Tom Malone Jr has stunned fans after he shared an ‘unrecognisable’ throwback snap of himself.

Tom Jr shared two photos of himself side by side on Twitter as he asked his followers: ‘Do these two pictures even look like the same person?’

One photo is from now and shows Tom sporting his trademark beard and shaved head (and to be honest he looks just like his dad Tom Sr).

Sorry Tom.

While the other photo shows a rather baby-faced looking Tom, where he is clean-shaven and is donning a rather impressive quiff.

Fans were clearly stunned by the throwback pics, and one even compared him to Superman.

One tweeted: ‘It’s like the good twin and the bad twin.’

Another commented: ‘Clark Kent and Superman.’

While one added: ‘No. They don’t look the same person.’

‘Hell no,’ another said.

Either way Tom, you look great!

Tom Jr has also been keeping Gogglebox fans entertained during lockdown after he challenged one of his dogs to the Tik Tok Patience Challenge.

In a video, which he shared to social media Tom left Bob on his own in the living room with a tray of cupcakes.

And it’s safe to say poor Bob failed as it wasn’t long before he was hoovering up the sweet treats.

Gogglebox returns on Friday at 9pm on Channel 4.

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Gogglebox 2020: Here’s what the Gogglebox families do when they’re not on our television screens

Gogglebox has given us the gift of belly-clutching laughs and tear-jerking scenes over the years and has become a real British staple as a result.

The TV show has a quirky format, almost like the film Inception, with us television watchers watching people on the telly watch TV, and, yet, we can’t get enough of listening to their thoughts on what’s going on on screen.

It’s a totally relatable show that sees us eating our dinner at the same time as others, as they mull over makeup looks on Love Island and share cut throat opinions on politics and, in turn, we’ve fallen head over heels in love with the eclectic mix of families on the show.

As the 15 series have gone on, we’ve seen families come and go, and we’ve seen Scarlett Moffatt, of Gogglebox fame, become a star and go on to win I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!. And, very sadly, we lost Leon, one part of the married couple from Liverpool, who were show favourites.

Yet, despite seeing this motley crew on our screens from time to time, we don’t actually know a whole load about what they do when the cameras aren’t rolling. Let’s take a look…

Jenny and Lee

Jenny Newby and Lee Riley sure have provided us with some giggles during their time on the show. They first started appearing back in 2014 and despite being mistaken for mother and son in the past, the comedic couple are actually best friends.

Their camaraderie dates back to Jenny’s days as a landlady at a pub in Paull, East Yorkshire.

There, 21 years ago, she met Lee who was a regular and their friendship bloomed.

Jenny has a husband named Ray who hasn’t made an appearance on the show, and Lee has been with his partner Steve for 26 years.

Giles and Mary

Another staple Gogglebox couple are Giles Wood and Mary Killen, who first appeared on the series in 2015.

Their dry humour and playful relationship rapidly captivated audiences and they even call each other the cute nickname ‘Nutty.’

Giles and Mary have been married for over 30 years and Mary writes a column for the Spectator, and is also the author of many a book, including How The Queen Can Make You Happy.

Giles is an artist and he met Mary whilst studying at Wimbledon Art School. The married couple are believed to be close friends of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and we look forward to seeing them in their iconic armchairs each time the show airs!

Steph and Dom

Famous "posh couple" Steph and Dom run a guest house in Sandwich, Kent together, where they live with their two daughters.

Fond of a tipple or two, they were often accompanied by their adorable little dog Gigi.

The couple announced that they were taking an indefinite break from the show in 2016 and we’re still awaiting their much anticipated return.

The Moffatt family

Before rising to fame, Scarlett Moffatt appeared alongside her family on Gogglebox.

The TV star, who has a bestselling book called Scarlett Says and has hosted a variety of popular shows, provided lots of hilarious moments alongside her welder dad and mum Betty who works at Burtons.

Little sister Grace also made several appearances on the show, despite not being interested in being on the TV to begin with.

Speaking about her sister to Now magazine, Scarlett said: “We asked her to join and she said no! She’d 100% outshine me if she did. She’s sarcastic, dead funny and proper cute. It wouldn’t be good for my street cred to be losing arguments with her."

The Gilbey family

Channel 4 favourite George Gilbey was dropped from the show after agreeing to go on Big Brother, but thankfully he was later asked back.

George and his dad both work as electricians and mum Linda is a carer. The mum and dad have been married for 17 years and have fostered over 60 children together.

The Michael family

We can’t get enough of the Michaels! Gracing the sofa is Andrew and Carolyne and their children Louis and Alex.

The longstanding Goggleboxers took a break when Andrew ran as a UKIP MP in 2015 and were axed, but rejoined when Andrew failed to win the Hastings and Rye seat.

Sandi and Sandra

You’re a true Goggleboxer if you know that Sandi and Sandra love a hairstyle change.

Sandi is a mother of two and grandmother of five and formally owned wine bars in South London.

Sandra has four children and three grandchildren. Sadly, the pair are no longer seen together with Sandra deciding to call it quits in summer 2017, and Sandra’s daughter Chanchez replaced Sandi in the last appearances on the show, after Sandi also left the show.

Dave and Shirley

Dave and Shirley have been married for 40 years, with Dave working as a cleaner in a factory and Shirley in retail.

The Woerdenwebers

We have a lot of time for the Woerdenwebers, a family consisting of mum Viv, dad Ralf and daughter Eve.

The family are best known for Ralf’s dry sense of humour, as well as Jay, who never said anything, and is now the ex-boyfriend of Eve.

Viv owns a tattoo studio and met her husband Ralf, who’s a drummer, in 2007. Daughter Eve runs a New Age shop which sells incense, Pagan jewellery and oils.

Ellie and Izzi

Sisters Ellie and Izzi Warner first graced our screens in 2015 and have brought laughs and bold statements ever since.

The Leeds-based duo includes Ellie, who works as a hairdresser and lives at the family home, and Izzy, who lives with her boyfriend Grant and is a mum to five year old son Bobby, and Bessie Rose who was born in February.

The Malones

We’re pretty sure most people tune in to see The Malones family’s dogs – two adorable Rottweilers.

The clan, consisting of mum Julie, dad Tom Senior and their children Tom Junior and Shaun, often have a delicious selection of snacks in front of them too, which they delve into whilst watching TV.

Tom Junior works as a freelance model and street dance choreographer, whilst Shaun coaches Manchester United’s Under-16s Ability Counts football team.

Mum Julie is a receptionist and dad Tom Senior is a lorry driver, as well as being amazing at creating the most incredible facial expressions!

Sue and Steve

Residing in South London, husband and wife duo Steve and Sue keep viewers amused with their humour, and Sue is evidently fond of a glass of red.

Steve works as a London cab driver, whilst Sue is semi-retired and first appeared on the show in 2019, in series 14.

Amira and Irqa

We love the British banter that London schoolgirls Amira and Irqa bring to the table. The pair joined the show in season 10 boy, are we glad that they did!

Pete and Sophie

Pete and Sophie are siblings living in Blackpool and the hilarious pair joined the show in 2017.

They love to tweet about the show, so if you’re missing them on your screens then you can keep up with them there too!

Tremaine, Twaine and Tristan

Brothers Tremaine, Twaine and Tristan sure know how to make viewers laugh, and joined Gogglebox back in 2017.

The trio famously adore football, and Tristan is a winger for Hereford FC, whilst Twaine plays for Bradford Town.

Tremaine works as a chef and owns the most adorable pug, so points to him too!

The Siddiquis

The Siddiquis are one of the original Gogglebox families, made up of dad Sid and brothers Baasit and Umar.

The trio, who have also been joined by older brother Raza a handful of times, are based in Derby, and retired engineer Sid moved their from Pakistan aged 16.

Sid has been married for 37 years and also has two daughters, however we haven’t seen as much of him since lockdown, with brothers Baasit and Umar taking the reigns.

Sid tweeted: “I am sorry I will be missing from the Siddiqui sofa again in tonight’s #Gogglebox because of 2 meter social distancing rule but I am sure you will be entertained just as much by the rest of the gang enjoy the show take care be safe lots of love.” [sic]

Abbie and Georgia

Pals Abbie and Georgia have been filming the show from Durham, since they joined two years ago.

The fun pair went viral while watching the 2018 John Lewis Christmas advert as they claimed not to know that Your Song was originally sung by pop icon Elton John.

While watching the advert, Georgia said: “I know this is Ellie Goulding who sang this but God knows whose it was first."

Chris and Stephen

Chris Steed and Stephen Webb started out as a couple on the show but are now just good friends.

They are both hairdressers based in West Sussex and famously appeared in an EE phone advert alongside Kevin Bacon.

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Gogglebox gets another 57 Ofcom complaints despite show denying it’s breaking social distancing rules – The Sun

GOGGLEBOX has been hit with another 57 complaints about the lack of social distancing on the show.

Earlier today the Channel 4 show defended cast members appearing in the same room together despite not living under the same roof after it came under fire for appearing to break social distancing rules.

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The media regulator Ofcom hasn't yet decided if they will investigate the show after the viewer backlash.

An Ofcom spokesperson exclusively told The Sun Online: "We are assessing the complaints against our broadcasting rules, but are yet to decide whether or not to investigate."

The hit series – which sees its stars across the country react to television from their own homes – decided to put viewers' minds at rest before the show kicked off last night.

The announcer said: "Just in case you're worried, they are all keeping to the guidelines of social distancing."

But some viewers were not convinced as they watched the episode on Sunday night.

One viewer hit back: "Ellie & Izzy mouthing off about Lockdown when they've clearly not followed the rules – I'd love to see my sister!"

One more said: "How can the two sisters be moaning about Boris Johnson when they aren't helping the situation, they shouldn't be in contact they live in separate households."

A third commented: "So I watch every week, love it, but when the announcer says they're all following #Govt guidelines #Gogglebox I still scratch my head. 2 sisters in Leeds? 2 brothers in Oldham…maybe they do live together but the sisters don't I've truly misunderstood the guidance re households?"

Gogglebox was recently hit by Ofcom complaints as viewers accused it of breaking government guidelines.

Since then, the Malone family – made up of Tom, Julie, Tom Jnr and Shaun – have also defended themselves insisting they are adhering to distancing rules.

They wrote on Twitter: "Just going to put this out there so we are all up to date, I know the social distancing rules too, I love my Grandkids, I would never put them or anyone else’s health in danger."

The family added: “My daughter and her children live with us, so she can go to work as a nurse.”

Since the lockdown rules came into force, Gogglebox has continued to air with rigged up cameras, to avoid a crew having to be in the cast homes.

However, some viewers have been concerned to see that some of the cast are still shooting the show, when they should be in separate homes as they don't live together.

The main ones coming under fire are sisters Ellie and Izzi.

One enraged viewer said on Twitter: "Another week passes where I haven’t seen my family, yet Ellie still pops round to Izzi’s on #Gogglebox."

And one more remarked: "Very confused how Ellie and Izzy are filming #Gogglebox together? They don’t live in the same house."


Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the show previously told The Sun Online: "Most of the families live together but where they don’t, they are complying with PHE [Public Health England] social distancing guidelines.

“Gogglebox will only film with families where it’s safe to do so. The health and safety of our cast and crew is paramount."

Under government social distancing rules, Brits are banned from going to see members of their family if they live in different homes.


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Gogglebox star Izzi introduces baby on show after welcoming daughter Bessie Rose

Gogglebox star Izzi Warner introduced a brand new family member to the show on Friday's episode.

The newest member of TV show's cast is Izzi's newborn daughter named Bessie Rose.

On Bessie's TV debut appearance Izzi and Ellie couldn't keep a straight face as they changed the tot's nappy, with Ellie joking that she didn't trust her sister changing Bessie with her "long talons".

The hilarious back-and-forth between the two northern girls prompted a positive reaction from viewers at home.

Fans rushed to Twitter to share their thoughts on the tot's TV debut, with many mesmerised by her cuteness.

One viewer wrote: "Izzi had her baby? Congrats."

Another added: "I wish I looked as good as Izzi now let alone four weeks after having a baby! High five Mama #Gogglebox"

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While a third penned: "How amazing does Izzi look on #Gogglebox her hair is gorgeous she’s absolutely glowing. Congratulations on welcoming baby Betsy [sic]."

But the girls' banter didn't end there.

While watching First Dates, Ellie asked her sister: "Would you kiss on a first date?"

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To which Izzi replied honestly: "Yeah I think I've kissed on a first date."

But Ellie took the opportunity to poke fun at Izzi, saying: "You conceived Bobby (Izzi's first child) on a first date."

Izzi accepted defeat: "Thank you for outing me!"

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Izzi last month introduced baby Bessie Rose to the world, sharing the news with her fans on  Instagram .

Sharing the happy news, she penned on the social media site: "So pleased to announce the safe arrival of our darling baby girl Bessie Rose. Born on 3rd February 2020 1:44pm, weighing 7lb 3oz.

"We are all totally smitten by her, feeling so blessed and happy. thanks everyone for all your well wishes."

The little bundle of joy could be seen in the snap wearing a pink and white striped onesie as she was nestled behind a knitted blankert.

It is Izzi's second child as she is mum to a son, four, named Bobby.

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Gogglebox’s June made heartbreaking change following husband Leon’s death

Gogglebox's June and Leon Bernicoff were two of the most popular – not to mention entertaining – couples to appear on the hit Channel 4 show.

With their adorable sense of humour, warmth and easy banter, the pensioner pair soon became national treasures.

And their fans joined June in her heartbreak when 83-year-old Leon passed away in December, 2017.

Devoted wife June left Gogglebox straight after her husband's death, saying it jst wouldn't be the same without him.

And June revealed how Leon battled through his illness to make sure he appeared for their fans on final time in the Christmas special.

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She told Graham Norton, when she appeared on his Saturday morning show: "He hadn't been very well over the weekend, and I suggested he didn't do it.

"But Leon was determined not to let loyal viewers down, and told her, 'I'm sitting here in my Christmas jumper waiting to entertain the nation'."

Brave Leon even reassured his wife of 63 years that he would "be on it" for the next series.

Heartbroken June struggled to enjoy the things she had loved with her beloved Leon beside her.

She even admitted she struggled to sit down and watch TV because it brought back so many unhappy memories.

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June said: "I don't watch much TV these days, if I'm honest. I find it difficult. I've been reading a lot more, or listening to the radio, but I just feel restless whenever I sit down to watch it. I find myself getting up to make a lot of cups of tea and I can't settle."

Then June began making small, but significant, changes to the home she had shared with her late husband.

First, she switched the furniture round and moved the iconic armchairs the couple used to sit on when they appeared on Gogglebox.

Then, she made the difficult decision to leave Liverpool, the city she had called home for more than six decades, in October last year.

June revealed her news on Twitter, writing: "Good Bye Liverpool my home for 62 years! Reluctantly leaving.

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"Thank you guys I’ll miss your warmth, humour and affection! Very special people."

June added that she is moving closer to her family in 'Warks'.

June and Leon had met while they were both at teacher training college.

For five years they had to keep their romance a secret because Leon's Jewish family wouldn't approve of him having a Catholic girlfriend.

They married when June was 22 and moved into their Liverpool semi-detached house where they shot to fame while filming Gogglebox.

Gogglebox producers met Leon on at bridge club – they were looking for people to take part in a new show and he jumped at the chance.

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June didn't think they'd be kept on the show but the couple became one of the star attractions of Gogglebox, which has 3.6million viewers every week.

Two months after he died there was a special tribute show in his honour and June says this was the first time his death really hit her.

She explained: "I looked over to his chair, and when I saw it, that was the first time I really, really cried after he died.

"It was the start of my grieving process, funny as that sounds.

"People kept expecting me to burst into tears in the supermarket, but grief is very private.

"I remember switching off the TV and thinking, 'yhose cameras will never be there again'.

June still watches Gogglebox every week because it’s full of happy memories.

She added: "It’s such a big part of me, and the other stars are like family members, in a way."

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Gogglebox star June makes heartbreaking decision after husband Leon’s death

Gogglebox star June Bernicoff has opened up about changes she made after the loss of her husband Leon.

Leon and June were beloved Gogglebox cast members.

Fans adored their relationship, with Leon's cheeky one-liners and June's comebacks.

Viewers were left heartbroken for June after she lost her husband Leon back in 2017.

June has recently opened up about changes she made to her life, and the difficult decision she's made to leave Liverpool.

She revealed the sad news on Twitter, saying she's 'reluctantly' leaving the city she's called home for more than six decades.

June said: "Good Bye Liverpool my home for 62 years! Reluctantly leaving.

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"Thank you guys I’ll miss your warmth, humour and affection! Very special people."

She said that she is moving closer to her family in 'Warks'.

June spoke to Graham Norton about changes she'd made when she appeared on his BBC Radio 2 show.

She explained: "I don't watch much TV these days, if I'm honest.

"I find it difficult. I've been reading a lot more, or listening to the radio, but I just feel restless whenever I sit down to watch it.

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"I find myself getting up to make a lot of cups of tea and I can't settle."

She began to make some changes to the home she shared with her late husband.

June changed around the furniture in the couples iconic living room.

She even moved the Gogglebox star's legendary armchairs which they sat in week after week on the television programme.

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June and Leon met while they were both at teacher training college.

They had to keep their romance a secret for five years because Leon's Jewish family wouldn't approve of him having a Catholic girlfriend.

They tied the knot when June was 22 and moved into their Liverpool house where they shot to fame filming Gogglebox.

Gogglebox continues on Friday at 9pm on Channel 4

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