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Gogglebox’s Most Shocking Departures From Marcus and Mica to Booze-Loving Steph and Dom
December 20, 2022
GOGGLEBOX fans are disgusted after the shocking news that Marcus and Mica have left the show.
But the beloved couple are just a number of stars who have walked away from the C4 program since it first hit screens.
Here, we take a look at which Gogglebox stars have said goodbye to their jobs as armchair TV critics — and why they decided to leave.
Marcus and Mica
Since joining Gogglebox in 2018, Marcus and Mica have become fan favorites.
The pair have provided plenty of laughs over the years while giving their candid and hilarious take on a real TV show medley.
But after nine series of the C4 show, gym owner Marcus and hairstylist Mica – aka Big Meesh – have decided to quit.
A statement on social media read: “We had so much fun with you all at home and with the hard working Gogglebox crews, but it’s time to put down the remote and see what God has in store for us.”
Far from the cameras, the couple are both parents of children from previous relationships. In July, Mica also became a grandmother for the first time.
Their departure comes just weeks after a death in the family.
Scarlett Moffatt and her parents Betty and Mark have become household names thanks to Gogglebox.
However, in 2016, Scarlett decided to take a break from the show to focus on a solo television career.
She signed up for that year’s series, I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! and was crowned queen of the jungle.
Building on her success Down Under, she landed a host spot on Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway and helmed C4’s reboot of dating show Streetmate.
But just as Scarlett’s career was just taking off, Betty and Mark were fired from Gogglebox.
They weren’t signed for the next round of Gogglebox after Scarlett’s jungle win, with the star writing on Instagram at the time: “We’re disgusted I thought my mom and dad (and my little Ava ) would still be able to do this 😢 but we’ll keep watching #gogglebox [SIC].”
Steph and Dom
Bubble-loving couple Steph and Dom were part of the original Gogglebox cast.
Just a year after they signed up, it emerged their £3.5million mansion in Sandwich, Kent, had been rented out for a high-end masked orgy.
A spokesperson for the couple confirmed at the time that Steph and Dom weren’t home when the sex party took place and they continued to work on Gogglebox.
Steph and Dom finally bowed out after four years on the show and confirmed they were leaving to continue running their bed and breakfast.
After leaving Gogglebox, they published a book, starred in reality TV shows Four In A Bed, Celebrity MasterChef and The Jump, and landed their own live radio show on talkRADIO in 2018.
In March 2020, the husband and wife duo revealed that their hotel had gone bankrupt. They whipped the country house for £5m last year.
Sandy and Sandra
BFFs Sandi Bogle and Sandra Martin were also Gogglebox OGs, having signed on for the first series in 2013.
The Brixton duo quickly won over fans with their hilarious takes on TV – and their love of pot noodles and takeout.
But in 2016, the couple were torn when Sandi announced she was quitting to pursue her dream of becoming a TV star in her own right.
Sandra vowed to continue, alongside her daughter Chanchez, but she struggled without her best friend.
She then left Gogglebox a year after Sandi’s departure.
Sandra later admitted that she struggled with the more naughty shows that featured sex scenes after Sandi left.
“There are some things I can’t discuss with a 24-year-old,” she said at the time.
“There are certain topics and when you watch a show about ‘ooh-ohh’, it’s hard for me to talk about ‘ooh-ooh’ with my daughter.”
The Tapper family — made up of mom Nikki, dad Jonathan, and siblings Josh and Amy — were also Gogglebox OGs.
They quickly won over viewers with their bickering but also romantic relationship.
But things started to go downhill after Josh landed an apprenticeship in government communications and left Gogglebox in 2018.
Parents Nikki and Jonathan continued on the show alongside Amy – but she quit shortly after, having set her sights on Celebs Go Dating.
As a result, nurseryman and restaurateur Jonathan also walked away from the C4 show.
In 2020, the family found themselves in the headlines after Jonathan felt seriously ill with Covid-19.
Fortunately, despite a fright, he pulled through and made a full recovery.
The Essex family, the Gilbeys – made up of husband Pete, wife Linda and son George – joined Gogglebox for series two in 2013.
They lasted for a few years, but ended when George signed up to appear on Celebrity Big Brother’s 2015 series.
The following year, the trio were reinstated by C4 – but George then found himself on the wrong side of the law.
George received community service in 2018 after attacking his ex-girlfriend. He was then jailed for three months in 2019 for drunk driving.
Foster families Linda and Pete continued on Gogglebox without their son, but tragedy struck last summer.
In June 2021, Pete sadly passed away after battling a short illness.