Gogglebox favourite Chris Butland-Steed announces he's leaving the show

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Chris Steed and Stephen Webb from ‘GoggleBox’ after their National Television Awards win last year (PA)

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.

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.

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’.

Fans were more than happy to congratulate the married pair on the possibilities their future holds.

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.

Leon and June Bernicoff

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.

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