Celebrity Gogglebox faces new backlash over social distancing

Joe Anderton
Photo credit: Channel 4

From Digital Spy

Celebrity Gogglebox returned last night (June 5) and while that is usually a cause for celebration, not all viewers were impressed.

The latest episode saw stars like Coronation Street's Maureen Lipman and Countdown Dictionary Corner favourite Gyles Brandeth, and The Happy Mondays' Bez and Shaun Ryder, giving their opinions on the week's TV.

But a number of fans watching and tweeting along were irked by the celebrities visiting each other's houses, when current social distancing rules allow people to go to a friend's house and hang out in their garden, which not everyone has. Some also shared concern about them sharing mugs and bowls.

Photo credit: Channel 4

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"Where's the social distancing on Celebrity Gogglebox? These guys don't live together! They're not supposed to be indoors?" queried one viewer, whilst another added: "How is this not breaking lockdown/social distancing rules? Does this mean I can visit my best mate and just upload a live stream?".

A viewer called out the show for sending the "wrong message" to the show's fans: "Sending out the wrong message there Celebrity Gogglebox having some celebs who don't live together inside the same house".

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Digital Spy have reached out to Channel 4 and Gogglebox for a statement on how they are handling social distancing and the safety measures they have in place, and will update once we have a response.

Loose Women star Stacey Solomon said that when a show technician came around to her house, she and her family had to be outside, while the broadcaster has previously talked about filming with rigged cameras so cast and crew aren't interacting.

Still, the main show has received over 200 complaints to Ofcom about the Goggleboxers breaking social distancing rules to film together, even when the voiceover says they are following the guidelines.

Celebrity Gogglebox airs Friday nights on Channel 4 at 9pm.

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