Gogglebox past stars today – from jail time to coronavirus tragedy

Gogglebox has made stars of some of the UK’s funniest families, as they dish out their verdicts on the week in telly.

Currently airing its 15th season, over the past seven years Gogglebox has seen famous families come and go.

While some of the original cast members remain, such as The Siddiqui family and Stephen Webb, many others have called time on the series.

Stars such as Scarlett Moffatt, Steph and Dom, and Chris Butland-Steed gained a huge fanbase on the Channel 4 series, only to make the decision to leave.

Below we take a look at where these stars are today, after calling time on the Gogglebox experience.

Scarlett Moffatt

Undoubtedly the most famous name to emerge from Gogglebox, Scarlett Moffatt joined the series back in 2014.

Thanks to her witty one-liners from the Moffatt family sofa, the 30-year-old became a star in her own right and left the series to pursue a media career.

Her mum and dad, Mark and Betty, left the show at the same time, deciding it wasn’t the same without Scarlett.

In 2016, she became a national treasure when she was crowned Queen of the Jungle on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!

The Durham-born babe then landed a gig as a presenter on the spin-off show Extra Camp, as well as working on Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway.

Along with the rest of the Moffatt family, last year saw her take part in a controversial series, titled British Tribe Next Door, which saw the clan move to rural Africa to live with the Himba tribe.

On top of that, Scarlett has also released two books – 2016’s Scarlett Says and the 2017 memoir Me Life Story.

Earlier this year, she turned her hobby – learning about conspiracy theories – into a job, starting her own BBC podcast series, titled Scarlett Moffatt Wants to Believe.

Chatting everything from ghosts to UFOs, it sees Scarlett and her copper boyfriend Scott investigate the true story behind some of the world’s greatest conspiracies.

Steph and Dom

Posh B & B owners Steph and Dom were fan favourites on Gogglebox for years, known for knocking back glasses of wine as they delivered a hilarious commentary.

In 2016, they decided to say goodbye to the series, telling The Sun: "We think it's important that everyone gets their chance to be on Gogglebox and give their opinion, and having been on it from the beginning we felt like we'd pretty much said all we needed to say, and we knew what we were going to say."

After leaving the show, the loveable couple made appearances on shows such as Stand Up To Cancer and Celebrity Masterchef, while running their B&B-turned hotel at the same time.

In March, Steph and Dom confessed their hotel, The Salutation, was forced to shut its doors after business dwindled.

Based in Sandwich, Kent, Dom admitted they were hoping to sell the property – which had been leased by separate owners – as they didn’t have the energy to run it.

Breaking the news they were shutting their doors, he said: “We are sorry to confirm that The Salutation Hotel Ltd, which has been managing The Salutation, has indeed become insolvent.

“We are in discussions with other interested parties and we aim to have the hotel back up and running very soon, under new management.’’

Chris Butland-Steed

Chris Butland-Steed and his former boyfriend Stephen Webb were a favourite part of the series when it first began, even continuing to film together after their split.

After five years on the show, in 2018, hairdresser Chris decided to leave the series to pursue new opportunities.

He announced: "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."

After leaving Gogglebox, Chris admitted to battling feelings of depression, telling The Mirror last year: "There have been times where I’ve felt so low that I think, ‘How can I kill myself?’"

Chris' husband Tony Butland, who he married in 2017, also told the publication that his partner has spoken to him about his suicidal thoughts since leaving the show.

At the time, a Gogglebox spokeswoman said ”the duty of care of the Gogglebox contributors is of paramount importance."

His former partner, Stephen Webb, continues to appear on the show with his husband Daniel Lustig.

Josh Tapper

Josh Tapper was the first of the Tapper family to quit the series, leaving after he got a job in the Government Communications Apprenticeship scheme.

Justifying his decision to part ways with the series, he said: "The option to go back is always there but I want to move away from that and the focus is now very much on my job.

“Of course, I miss it and the sitting on the couch watching TV. But I am more focused on my future… it's a more a secure path."

However, last year, he quit his job at Downing Street, after bagging a new role with a cross-party think tank.

During his stint in Number 10, the former reality star worked as a campaign assistant for the Prime Minister's Office and Cabinet Office.

Josh’s love life is also thriving – he is in a happy relationship with girlfriend Hannah, with the two regularly sharing loved-up pics together online from their travels.

Sandi and Sandra

Brixton-based gals Sandi and Sandra were a beloved fixture of the show, known for their infectious laughs and heartwarming banter.

Sandi Bogle led their exit, quitting in 2016 after deciding to pursue different reality TV opportunities.

After her best pal left the series, Sandra Martin briefly took part in the show with her daughter Chanchez, only to quit the following year.

Explaining her exit on This Morning, she said: "I want to pursue my career to do other things, Sandi had gone before, but it wouldn't have been the same with my daughter.

"There are certain subjects that I can't discuss with a 24-year-old."

Since leaving, Sandi has put her name to a number of major shows, including Celebs On The Farm, Celebrity 100% Hotter and Celebrity Fat Fighters.

She also appeared on the 2017 edition of Celebrity Big Brother, before pivoting to a career in music and releasing an album titled Independent Woman.

Meanwhile, Sandra has been open about her hardship since leaving the show, after she faced homelessness when she moved out of her house and her Gogglebox funds ran out.

Just before the lockdown came into place back in March, Sandra and Sandi were reunited with their fans on a night out in Bristol, as they were photographed in a variety of clubs.

More recently, Channel 4 star Sandra urged the public to take the Covid crisis seriously, after losing her sister-in-law, her uncle, and her good friend to the virus in a matter of days.

Sharing her heartbreak, she said: "MORE TEARS FOR ME. I AIN'T STOP CRYING. IT'S ALSO MAKING ME UNHAPPY.

"MY SISTER IN LAW DAUGHTER HAS ALSO PASSED AWAY. .. I WISH I COULD BE WITH MY BROTHER RIGHT NOW.

"AM NOT USE TO ALL THIS. ITS KILLING ME. .EVERYONE IS DYING DAILY"[sic]

George Gilbey

Along with his mum Linda and dad Peter, George Gilbey joined the cast of Gogglebox back in 2013.

When he decided to take part in Celebrity Big Brother, the family were axed from the series, as part of the Gogglebox rules against participating in other shows.

His parents went on to rejoin the series in 2016, and remained on the show until the most recent series.

In 2018, George avoided jail time after he was found guilty of assaulting his girlfriend and causing £400 worth of damage to his Twickenham family home.

He was given a sentence of 40 sessions of rehabilitation activity, 100 hours unpaid work, and was instructed to pay a total of £1,105.

Last year, he was jailed for three months for drink driving, and was also banned from driving for five years.

During the lockdown, George revealed he was a key worker, sharing a photo of himself in his supermarket uniform as he headed out to work.

Gogglebox airs on Fridays at 9pm on Channel 4.

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