Gogglebox has lost a total of five fan favourite stars following the tragic deaths of Mary Cook, Pete McGarry and Andy Michael.
After struggling with the loss of the stars, their loved ones will not be returning to the Channel 4 programme.
Executive producer Victoria Ray confirmed the news to Daily Star as she said: “We have had people from the show pass away recently.”
She continued: “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.”
Victoria added that the option to return to the show is there for them should they wish to reprise their roles.
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Pete, who fostered 100 children with his partner, passed away in June at age of 71 with his family by his side following a short illness. Understandably, his widow Linda will not be returning without him.
Just two months later, Andy died at the age of 61 following a short illness. His widow Carolyne and their two children Alex and Louis will not be coming back to the show either.
Mary passed away last month at the age of 92 and her best friend Marina Wingrove decided to take a step back from the show, too.
The cast members aren’t the only ones who have been left devastated by the deaths of their loved ones as the Gogglebox team has also felt the loss.
Victoria added: “It’s a massive loss in every way. We feel it too. We are still in touch with all the loved ones. We talk to them all the time. They are still part of the Gogglebox family.
“We are really close to all the people on the show, so what has happened has been really upsetting for the whole team.”
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At the time of Mary’s passing, Marina was “too upset” to talk about it, but has since shared a touching tribute to her pal.
Shared on the Gogglebox Twitter account, she wrote: “My dearest friend Mary, treasured memories will last forever.”
Marina added: “Our laughs and giggles and our ups and downs will forever be in my heart. Deepest sympathies to Mary’s family. Love Marina,” followed by a red heart emoji.
Fans were quick to respond as one person wrote: “Bless Marina and bless Mary as that was lovely. And I hope Marina is able to continue with #Gogglebox when she’s ready – although it won’t be the same without Mary,” with two pink heart emojis.
Another said: “A lovely tribute for the most beautiful of souls! I’m sure Mary is up there singing with the Angels & watching down over Marina,” with a broken heart emoji.
While a third added: “Marina loved watching you both, so sorry you have lost a dear friend x,” with a broken heart emoji.
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