By Laura Harman
A number of Gogglebox stars have left the beloved TV series after the deaths of their fellow cast members and loved ones.
Gogglebox 2021 is back this Friday, September 17, on Channel 4. Sadly, according to Metro, up to five members of the Gogglebox cast will not be returning to our screens.
This is because many of the cast have died in the past year and their family and friends who co-star alongside them in the show have decided to not continue the show in their absence.
Which Gogglebox stars have died?
In the past year, three different members of the Gogglebox family have died. They will each be sorely missed from the show, which showcases some of the UK's most beloved TV viewers.
Earlier in the year, Gogglebox star Mary Cook died at the age of 92. In August, Channel 4 released a statement that read, "We are extremely saddened to share that Gogglebox star Mary Cook passed away in hospital this weekend at the age of 92 with her family by her side."
Mary was a hilarious member of the cast who often appeared in the show with her best friend Marina Wingrove. After losing her best friend, it has been reported that Marina has decided not to return to the show.
Marina made a sweet tribute to her friend and co-star following her death, "My dearest friend Mary, treasured memories will last forever. Our laughs and giggles and our ups and downs will forever be in my heart. Deepest sympathies to Mary’s family. Love Marina.”
A tribute from Marina to Mary. “My dearest friend Mary, treasured memories will last forever. Our laughs and giggles and our ups and downs will forever be in my heart. Deepest sympathies to Mary’s family. Love Marina” ❤️ pic.twitter.com/wPKIuHm0wLSeptember 15, 2021
Andrew Michaels, his wife Carolyne, and their children Alex and Louis were beloved original cast members of the show.
Sadly, Andy died in August this year, and his family has decided not to return to the television show at this time.
We are deeply saddened to share the passing of Gogglebox star Andy Michael at the age of 61 following a short illness.Our thoughts are with his family at this time. Andy will be truly missed by the entire Gogglebox family, cast and crew. pic.twitter.com/9swH4JA0RNAugust 27, 2021
Pete McGarry also died earlier this year in June at the age of 71. Pete, his wife Linda and their son, George Gilbey, originally joined the show in 2013 during the show's second series.
Reports state that Linda will not be returning for the next season of Gogglebox.
Pete will be dearly missed by the entire Gogglebox family, cast and crew. pic.twitter.com/1xd0DgwREOJune 28, 2021
Which Gogglebox stars won't be in the 2021 cast?
Marina Wingrove, Linda McGarry, Carolyne Michaels, Alex Michaels, and Louis Michaels are the five stars of Gogglebox who will not be returning to the show because of the deaths of their loved ones.
A Channel 4 Gogglebox producer spoke to Metro about the cast members quitting the show and expressed that the stars are asking for privacy during this time.
"We have had people from the show pass away recently,’ said Victoria Ray, Gogglebox’s executive producer. "We lost Mary and Andy. And a little while ago we lost Pete.
"Their loved ones won’t be taking part in the show for the moment. Understandably, they want their privacy."
The series returns on Friday, September 17 2021 and is due to air in its usual 9 pm slot. From Friday, fans can look forward to the new season's fresh new content about all of our favorite new shows from BBC's Vigil to The Great British Bake Off 2021.
Laura is a news writer for woman&home who primarily covers entertainment and celebrity news. Laura dabbles in lifestyle, royal, beauty and fashion news, and her favourite stories to cover as anything and everything to do with television and film. She is also passionate about feminism and equality and loves writing about gender issues and feminist literature.
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