Gogglebox is supposed to be light-hearted entertainment filled with laughs - but sometimes it ends on a sour note.

Over the years a bunch of normal families have turned into superstars almost overnight thanks to the hit Channel 4 series.

While some have been axed or silently dropped, many decided to quit Gogglebox so that they could move on to exciting new opportunities.

But sometimes there is not a amicable split, as some members of the cast have been booted our or walked away under a cloud.

This week, Paige Deville has said that "problems within her family" sparked her exit as she lashed out at Gogglebox bosses for "zero aftercare support".

Subsequently, the husband of another former Gogglebox star, Chris Ashby-Steed, alleged he was 'bullied off the show'.

Here are all the Gogglebox stars who left the show amid controversy.

Sensationally quitting

Paige Deville and mum Sally on Gogglebox (

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There was a shock this week when Paige Deville announced she was leaving Gogglebox on Twitter along with a scathing message about the show bosses.

"I have made the decision to walk away from Gogglebox," wrote the 24-year-old, adding: "It’s been an experience but one I cannot continue with due to long hours of filming, restrictiveness, control of our actions and opinions & zero aftercare support but hey who cares about ex cast, their NTA winners."

In further discussions on the reasons behind her exit, Paige explained that it was caused by her heartbreaking fallout with mum Sally, who had sat alongside her on the sofa since they joined the cast in 2019.

Speaking to BirminghamLive, she said: "There have been problems within the family and my mum was given an ultimatum. The decision means I have nothing to do with her now. I think the decision is irreversible.

"It is very sad but that's life unfortunately.

"My mum said she would no longer be filming Gogglebox. The show offered me an opportunity to work with another family member but I didn't want to work with anyone else. My mum and myself had started the journey together and I wasn't going to film with anyone else."

Paige opened up about the less-than-glam reality of being on the series (

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In addition, she stated she was aware that there were more popular characters on the show, such as Pete and Sophie, and when they weren't available the producers would ask her at the last minute.

Paige went on to explain that she had had enough of filming due to the long hours alongside running her recruitment business - being paid £100 for filming sessions which would begin at 3.30pm and finish at 12.30am.

"At one point my mum had her arm around me for four hours and they didn't want her to move her arm. It isn't as glamorous as you might think. It is very hard work," she said.

Paige continued to say that she felt she "really didn't have any support" after splitting from her mum and that they sent her the number of a therapist.

She said that she felt as though she was "thrown to the lions" by being exposed to trolls on Twitter and that they "take over your life".

"I bought a car and Gogglebox contacted me to say I need to make it clear the purchase wasn't endorsed by them," she said. "Your life is controlled somewhat by them."

A Gogglebox spokesperson said: "The welfare of contributors – past and present – is of paramount importance and robust protocols are in place to support contributors before, during and after taking part in the series."

'Bullying' claims

Chris Ashby-Steed appeared alongside his ex-partner Stephen Webb on Gogglebox

Coming to the support of Paige was the husband of former Gogglebox star Chris Ashby-Steed, who claimed his partner was "bullied" off the show by co-star and ex-boyfriend Stephen Webb.

Chris and Stephen, who previously dated before the show but remained close friends, seemed as close as ever on air during 10 series together.

However, behind-the-scenes the pair were secretly locked in a bitter feud - with a series of off-screen rows destroying their friendship.

Chris vanished from screens after a planned TV project involving the pair fell through - and has since suffered from depression.

He claimed the duo had planned to take some time away from Gogglebox to take part in a new venture and blamed Stephen for it never getting off the ground.

According to Chris, Gogglebox bosses then offered them their place on the show back - but Stephen did not want to work together again.

"Then the studio called and said they would like to offer us the position back on Gogglebox," claimed Chris. "I spoke to Stephen and his attitude was ‘I’m not sure I can put up with you every other week filming’. Which was a bit of a blow.

"I turned around to him and said, ‘I get the impression that I think a lot more of you than you do of me’. His reply was, ‘Yeah, you’re probably right.’"

When Chris made the claims, a Gogglebox spokesperson told the Mirror: "Chris has not contacted us since he made the decision to leave the show. The duty of care of the Gogglebox contributors is of paramount importance."

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Stephen initially brought in his hilarious mum Pat to join him on the sofa for two series before his husband, Daniel Lustig-Webb, took over in 2019 and became a regular fixture.

Sadly Chris has not returned to our screens, but lives happily with husband Tony, who he tied the knot with back in 2017.

Giving his support to Paige after her exit was announced this week, Tony criticised the production staff and behind-the-scenes culture.

"Our hearts go out to you @Paige_deville," Tony tweeted. "The studio stood by and watched Stephen bully my husband Chris off the show and did nothing to stop him. The [sic] helped him get his mum on the show behind Chris’s back without even telling him…."

Continuing to tag Paige in the posts, Tony claimed that Stephen "through one of his usual diva strops and refused to film with Chris" and production staff did "nothing" to help.

"They didn’t contact him once after he was forced off, and I was left to deal with Chris’s shattered mental health," he continued in the Twitter thread.

He also claimed that the "studio imposed a kind of gagging order on him" and told Paige that she was "better off away from it" in a final post.

The Mirror has contacted representatives for Gogglebox and Stephen Webb for comment.

Irresistible offer

George appeared on Gogglebox with mum Linda and step dad Pete (

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George quickly becoming a firm favourite with viewers alongside his mum Linda and step dad Pete McGarry.

The Essex-based left viewers in stitches from the moment they arrived in series two, but their time on the show didn't initially last for very long.

George decided to go into the CelebrityBig Brother house in August 2014, effectively deciding he was leaving Gogglebox because rules state you can't appear in a rival show.

Confirming the news on Twitter, the family tweeted: "It is true that we won't be on the next series of Gogglebox. We had a lovely time filming with them and wish the cast and crew lots of luck."

Gogglebox producer Chantal Boyle said they would not be in the fourth series as it "wouldn’t work" once he had been in the famous bungalow.

Boyle said the family had been told in advance they would forfeit their place, but they could not resist the offer for George to join the CBB cast.

"It’s all about money. They are pretty cash-strapped and so you can see why they would accept the offer to go on Big Brother," said Boyle.

"But we can’t have them in the new series of Gogglebox."

Stephanie Pratt and George Gilbey on Celebrity Big Brother (

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George was embroiled in a love triangle in the CBB bungalow - having grown close to Made In Chelsea star Stephanie Pratt before moving onto B*Witched singer Edele Lynch.

George claimed he was "in love" with The Hills star Stephanie to fellow housemates and they shared a kiss.

However, once she was evicted, George moved very quickly onto Edele and they had a cheeky snog outside before kissing in bed together.

George finished in fourth place, then had to face the wrath of Stephanie when he left the house.

"I'm obviously a very bad judge of character. Edele's my best friend and so is George," said Stephanie on Bit On The Side.

"You [Edele] and George were my best friends in the house, that was the worst betrayal."

Once outside of the house, George and Edele went on holiday to a caravan park, and unsurprisingly their romance fizzled out.

The Essex lad and his family finally returned to Gogglebox in 2016 after a three series absence.

Linda and Pete have been staples of the show ever since, while George has made less regular appearances.

Political aspirations

Dad Andy, who tragically died earlier this year, left to try to become an MP (

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One of the original Gogglebox families, the Michaels were a hit with viewers due to their funny insights and hilarious commentary.

Dad Andy, who tragically passed away aged 61 with his family by his side following a short illness earlier this month, was always joined on-screen by beloved wife Carolyne and two of their kids, daughter Alex and son Louis.

They were a Gogglebox staple until Andrew revealed he was running as an MP for UKIP in the 2015 general election - and they were forced to give up their place on the show.

Speaking about how the show would help his political career, he told the Radio Times: "Having seen 13 families in their natural habitat, you have an insight into British society in its multifarious colours."

Channel 4 bosses decided that Andrew could not hold a political seat and sit on his sofa discussing the week's telly, so devastatingly the whole family had to leave in December 2014.

"It's with great regret that the Michaels are no longer in the show," said a Channel 4 spokesperson at the time.

"Sadly any Gogglebox cast member who becomes a candidate for a political party will have to step down from their involvement in Gogglebox.

"They have been excellent contributors to Gogglebox, and we are very grateful for all they have given to the show."

Carolyne admitted the family were sad to be leaving - and was left in tears after being given just five days to choose between the show and her husband's political aspirations.

"It's with great sadness that we must say goodbye to the wonderful Gogglebox family. Andy entering politics so can no longer stay with it," she wrote on Twitter.

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"We've loved every minute of our involvement. It's the best show on TV and I want to thank everyone for their wonderful support. We'll miss you.

"Wishing everyone a very Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year with love and all our heartfelt thanks from all the Michael family."

Carolyne confessed she didn't want to leave and found it "too painful" to watch the series they were not involved in.

Unfortunately for Andy, he failed to win the Hastings and Rye seat for UKIP in the election.

However, there was a twist in the tale as the Michaels were invited back in September 2015.

Andrew decided to put his political career on hold so that his family could return to Gogglebox.

"I have a responsibility to keep my family happy after they supported me last autumn. That was a big deal for us. They supported me then, so it's my time to support them now," he told The Sun.

"Now I have stepped down from my official position as prospective parliamentary candidate," said Andrew, "I was happy to step down in order to pick up Gogglebox."

The vanishing man

Jay Makin was a Gogglebox hero

Without even saying a word, Jay Makin became one of Gogglebox's most popular stars.

His lack of conversation earned him the nickname 'Silent Jay' and legions of fans, who were gutted when he simply vanished from the show.

During his time on Gogglebox he was the boyfriend of Eve Woerdenweber, appearing on the sofa with her mum Viv and German-born dad Ralf from The Wirral.

Gogglebox viewers were often left in hysterics as Jay sat in silence while the family had debates and interesting discussions.

Silent Jay proved that you don't have to be loud, angry or drop innuendos to get yourself a fanbase, but it all came to a dramatic end in 2015 when Jay split up with Eve.

Jay insisted filming with his ex-girlfriend and her family would not be awkward as they had decided to remain friends, even though she had a new boyfriend, and he claimed there were "no hard feelings" between the pair.

Jay appearing with the Woerdenwebers

"Hands down, she is one of the loveliest girls I’ve ever met. We have known each other for too long to throw a friendship away over it," said Jay.

Jay signed up with the Woerdenwebers for another series of the show, but viewers were devastated that he just vanished and was never seen again.

"It’s with great regret that Silent Jay is no longer in this series of Gogglebox," a Channel 4 spokesperson told Mirror Online at the time.

"He has been an excellent contributor to Gogglebox, and we are very grateful for all he has given to the show."

Jay now keeps a low profile on social media but was working at Baa Bar Fleet Street in Liverpool after leaving the show while also deciding to get rid of his his long hair for a neater style.

*Gogglebox airs tonight on Channel 4 at 9pm

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