Gogglebox has received a number of official Ofcom complaints over its response to the UK government's current guidelines on social distancing, according to reports.
At the moment, official advice from the government asks that people do not make any unnecessary travel, stay at least 2m away from other people at all times, and not to visit anyone outside their household – including friends and family members.
Following a recent March episode in which many of the Gogglebox stars were seen filming as normal, The Sun is now reporting that 20 viewers have taken their concerns to broadcasting watchdog Ofcom, as not all of the stars we see together on screen normally live in the same house.
Digital Spy has reached out to Ofcom for more information.
After some of Gogglebox's stars explained why they were not 'ignoring' social distancing rules, a spokesperson for the Channel 4 series said last week that the health and safety of its cast and crew is "paramount".
"The majority of Friday's episode was filmed before the Prime Minister's address last Monday," they said in a previous statement. "Since the updated Public Health England advice, any filming was subject to stricter filming protocols which are now fully in place."
Shortly after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced further restrictions in light of the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Channel 4 reassured fans that it was responding accordingly to the "creative challenges" coronavirus presents.
To ensure that Gogglebox is able to stay on air for the remainder of the current series, the show is now being filmed with rigged cameras that are fixed in place, allowing "the families to take part without any contact from crew".
Gogglebox airs Friday nights on Channel 4 at 9pm.
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