Fans of the Channel 4 programme were left upset when one of the regulars revealed he wasn’t returning.
Chris Butland-Steed addressed his Gogglebox situation to his 149,000 followers, explaining ‘After 10 series, a wedding, and a helluva lot of takeaways, our lovely dogs and I have decided it’s time to say a very fond farewell to our Gogglebox family.’
He went on to say how he’d ‘loved every minute of being on the show,’ and how it’s given him the opportunity to ‘all the amazing things’ he has been able to.
I’d like to announce I've decided to leave Gogglebox and am looking forward to the exciting adventures that lay ahead! Huge thanks to @C4Gogglebox @Channel4 for the amazing experiences I’ve had & wish cast & crew well. Massive thanks to the fans for their support! #watchthisspace pic.twitter.com/2T8JpA3Y7E
— Chris#Butland-Steed (@CButlandSteed) February 22, 2018
Chris, who has been a part of the successful reality show for 10 series, was inundated with support and also sadness that he was leaving the show.
Hi Chris shame you won't be on the show but i wish you the best for the future and thanks for bringing laughter for 10 series Also is it ok to post this on our Facebook page?
— Goggleboxfanpage (@goggleboxshow) February 22, 2018
Aww you made me sad now loved seeing on Gogglebox with Steven perfect double act very very funny and handsome your hubby's a very lucky man but his gorgeous too all the luck in the world sweetheart and may God bless you with everlasting happiness much love and kisses Dee
— Dee Terrey (@DeeTerrey) February 22, 2018
Nooo! You're one of the originals all the best man. Good luck in whatever else you do xx
— Baasit Siddiqui #gogglebox (@baasitsiddiqui) February 22, 2018
So sad, I loved watching your reactions and your SMILE could light up the darkest room. Good luck in ur marriage and life. Xx
— Kristeen Gale (@krissiegale1) February 22, 2018
Tony, Chris’s husband who doesn’t feature on the reality show, also shared a heartfelt message about the departure.
‘My darling husband, to me, you have always been, and will always be, a superstar,’ he began. ‘It is my total honour to share this amazing journey with you. Here’s to our exciting future, my love! It’s gonna be so amazing! Love always xx’.
My darling husband, to me, you have always been, and will always be, a superstar. It is my total honour to share this amazing journey with you. Here’s to our exciting future, my love! It’s gonna be so amazing! Love always xx
— Tony Butland-Steed (@TButlandSteed) February 22, 2018
Fans were more than happy to congratulate the married pair on the possibilities their future holds.
You will be fabulous darling – looking forward to seeing you xx
— Warren Bullock (@warrenbullock3) February 23, 2018
What a wonderful world it is when a man can publicly, unashamedly and unequivocally declare his love for his husband and life partner. Good luck to you both x though it might have been a hoot to have you on Gogglebox together!?!?
— Lisa R (@RachieruLisa) February 22, 2018
Chris has been part of the casting setup since the show began in 2013, alongside friend Stephen Webb. But, as per his lengthy farewell message, he revealed who’d replace him – Stephen’s mum, Pat!
It’s yet more sad news of a fan fave departure, after viewers were left heartbroken and devastated when show regular Leon Bernicoff passed away last year at the age of 83.
The show’s also seen Josh Tapper quit the show, swapping telly stardom for a job at Downing Street for a civil service apprenticeship.
The latest, and 11th, series of Gogglebox begins tonight on Channel 4.