An original Gogglebox star has decided to leave the show after five years
Gogglebox fans will be devastated to hear that Chris Butland-Steed is leaving the show.
Chris alongside his TV partner Stephen Webb have been on the Channel 4 show since it first began in 2013 and although they've managed to continue working together, despite previously dating, they've decided to part ways.
Confirming the Brighton based hairdresser's departure, a spokesman for the show explained: "Chris has decided to pursue other opportunities but we want to thank him for his fantastic contributions across ten series."
When the new series returns this month Stephen will sit alongside his mum on the sofa and Chris has admitted he will continue to watch the pair on the show.
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Taking to Twitter Chris revealed he has left the show to explore other opportunities, he wrote: "After 10 series, a wedding, and a helluva lot of takeaways, our lovely dogs and I have decided it’s time to say a very fond farewell to our Gogglebox family.
"I’ve loved every minute of being on the show and will never forget all the amazing things it’s allowed me to do. Since my wedding, it’s felt like there should be a new start, so I’m taking the plunge to see what’s out there!"
He continued: "I’m really looking forward to what the future holds, especially pursuing a career in TV, as I hope to show viewers that I have many more talents.
"So, watch this space!"
However according to The Sun, the real reason the Gogglebox star is leaving the show is because of a bitter falling out with Stephen. A source told the publication: "Stephen has sorted out a deal with the producers. He can carry on appearing in the show with his mum — and that meant cutting out his ex.
"Chris had hoped he would be able to sort out a deal with another friend but it didn’t work out and he will not be featured in the new series."
They added: "It will be interesting to see if Stephen works as well with his mum as he did with Chris."
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