Gogglebox regulars including Jenny and Lee, The Siddiquis, and Pete and Sophie Sandiford, were seen watching Boris Johnson being grilled by Andrew Marr on Friday
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Gogglebox viewers are threatening to switch off after becoming “sick” of watching the telly addicts dissect the latest news and political updates.
The Channel 4 entertainment show has become beloved for its light-hearted take on the week’s TV – covering everything from the latest soap news to the best Netflix binge-watches.
However, it has become commonplace for them to have at least one major news story as part of their regular viewing.
On Friday, in an episode that saw Hull resident Jenny reveal her new hairstyle to bestie Lee , the gang sat down to watch political reporter Andrew Marr go toe-to-toe with prime minister Boris Johnson.
The conservative party leader was seen squirming over Marr’s line of questioning regarding the removal of £20 uplift from Universal Credit payments, which was first introduced amid the pandemic.
The move is set to wipe £500m from Britain’s poorest families and risk some being left homeless this winter.
Show regular Pete Sandiford was heard quipping to sister Sophie: “Inflation’s gone through the f**king roof, so it costs more to live, but obviously Boris doesn’t see it like that, with his £500-a-roll wallpaper.”
The Siddiqui siblings were also seen discussing how the rate of inflation doesn’t match the rate of salary increases, meaning money – especially for poorer families – won’t stretch as far.
But viewers found themselves calling for an end for the chat, with a ban on politics on a show that is meant to be entertainment viewing for a Friday evening.
“I love Gogglebox, but as said before Im sick of politics on that show,” one fan wrote on Twitter.
“Please, I really don’t care about what Boris Johnson has to say or Covid news when I’m trying to relax on a Friday/Saturday watching what should be a light hearted program. Sort it out!”
“Used to occasionally watch Gogglebox for a laugh. No more. Not interested in what any of them think about Universal Credit or any politics,” wrote another.
A third agreed and said: “I wish they wouldn’t put politics on here. This is supposed to be fun.”
“Gogglebox with my blood pressure, struggling to watch #BorisJohnson interview on #Marr again,” added a third.
Elsewhere on the programme, the cast from around the country gave their thoughts on Netflix smash hit, Squid Game, as well as their verdict on Judi Love twerking on last week’s Strictly Come Dancing.
Nosey viewers also got their first proper look at the new home of favourites Stephen Webb and husband Daniel.
Gogglebox airs Fridays at 9pm on Channel 4.