Gogglebox’s Mary Killen says Boris Johnson is a fan of the show

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‘I only agreed because Giles wanted to be on’: Gogglebox’s Mary Killen admits none of the show’s stars thought it would last in the beginning (but now even Boris Johnson is a fan!)










Gogglebox’s Mary Killen has admitted no one thought the show would last in the beginning but now even Boris Johnson is said to be a fan.

The fan favourite appears on the show alongside her husband Giles and admitted she was hesitant to join the Channel 4 series at first.

Speaking to The Sun, she said: ‘In the beginning, nobody thought it could possibly work. It would just be absurd. I didn’t want the invasion of privacy but Giles wanted to be on, so I agreed.

Honest: Gogglebox's Mary Killen has admitted no one thought the show would last in the beginning but now even Boris Johnson is said to be a fan

Honest: Gogglebox’s Mary Killen has admitted no one thought the show would last in the beginning but now even Boris Johnson is said to be a fan

‘But it’s a very simple, brilliant idea. You get snippets of the good programmes and you can tell, rather like speed dating, whether you’d want to see the whole show as a result.

‘But then Gogglebox became a barometer of what the public is thinking. For that reason I know that quite a lot of the Government watch it, and Boris Johnson will even be told what’s going on.’ 

Mary, who lives in Wiltshire and is originally from Northern Ireland, added the show gives viewers a ‘snapshot’ of the country, making it a uniquely British programme.

Gogglebox first aired in 2013 and its 18th series is premiering on Friday, with viewing figures surging during the coronavirus lockdown. 

Mary said: 'I know that quite a lot of the Government watch it, and Boris Johnson will even be told what's going on'

Mary said: ‘I know that quite a lot of the Government watch it, and Boris Johnson will even be told what’s going on’

Elsewhere, Marcus and Mica Luther from South London believe the show portrays Britain at its best.

Mica said it’s important to have people on screen who look like you and its also a way to learn about other cultures. 

Stephen Webb, who has been on the show since the beginning, said he was also not sold on the idea right away.

Stephen appears on Gogglebox with his husband Daniel and believes its important for a gay couple to be shown on screen and said everyone should be represented on TV. 

Stars: Marcus and Mica Luther from South London believe the show portrays Britain at its best

Stars: Marcus and Mica Luther from South London believe the show portrays Britain at its best

Couple: Stephen Webb (left) appears on Gogglebox with his husband Daniel and believes its important for a gay couple to be shown on screen

Couple: Stephen Webb (left) appears on Gogglebox with his husband Daniel and believes its important for a gay couple to be shown on screen

Pictured: Five stars of Gogglebox are stepping back from the show following the death of their loved ones (PICTURED: Mary Cook, left, who passed away last month, her friend Marina Wingrove, right, who is stepping away from the show)

Pictured: Five stars of Gogglebox are stepping back from the show following the death of their loved ones (PICTURED: Mary Cook, left, who passed away last month, her friend Marina Wingrove, right, who is stepping away from the show) 

He also said he has no plans to quit the series anytime soon and would love to still be doing it in his nineties. 

It comes after it was revealed that five stars of Gogglebox are stepping back from the show following the death of their loved ones.

The Channel 4 programme has seen three regulars sadly pass away this summer, within months of one another, after Pete McGarry died in June, aged 71, after a short illness, and Andrew Michael, 61, and Mary Cook, 92, passed away last month.

It has been confirmed that Pete’s partner Linda, Andrew’s wife Carolyne and children Louis and Alex, and Mary’s friend Marina Wingrove won’t be back on screens for now.

Tragic: Andrew Michael (second right) died last month. His wife Carolyne and children Louis and Alex (pictured) are stepping down in the wake of his death

Tragic: Andrew Michael (second right) died last month. His wife Carolyne and children Louis and Alex (pictured) are stepping down in the wake of his death 

Tragic: Pete McGarry died in June. His partner Linda is stepping away

Tragic: Pete McGarry died in June. His partner Linda is stepping away 

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