Gogglebox favourites Jenny Newby and Lee Riley sparked concern from viewers after missing the latest episode without explanation.

The pairs absence on Friday (October 22) sent tongues wagging on social media with speculation that the beloved pair had secretly quit the show.

It was thankfully later revealed they had jetted off to Cyprus, where Lee lives when he is not filming the Channel 4 show, to surprise his partner of 27 years Steve on his birthday.

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Jenny and Lee shared pictures on Instagram last night (October 24) of them enjoying their holiday and also a selfie on the plane wearing protective face masks.

They also issued an update to fans to say when they would be returning to Gogglebox.

They wrote: "SORRY FOLKS WE’RE COMING BACK SEE YOU ALL ON FRIDAY #gogglebox."

Fans were left thrilled and relieved by the news.

One commented: "My Mam said this afternoon oh the funny pair from the caravan weren't on Gogglebox. I said don't panic they might be on holiday. I have just sent her a screen shot and got a thumbs up emoji back xx"

Another wrote: "So glad…. Gogglebox wouldn't be the same without you two!"

A third said: "Thank god for that."

Another echoed: "Phew".

A fifth person agreed, saying: "Yeahhhhhh I missed you both xx".

Another fan replied: "Awww we missed you. Hope your both covid safe. Missed your funny antics . Love and hugs darlings."

In their absence, Gogglebox introduced newcomers Simon and Jane, who are brother and sister.

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