Gogglebox stars were reduced to tears as they watched the announcement of the Queen’s death on BBC News.
Her Majesty the Queen died on Thursday 8 September, with BBC News pausing its usual TV schedule to announce the news to viewers.
As a stoic Hew Edwards’ face came onto the screen, Gogglebox stars knew it was bad news.
Hew went on to confirm the sad news of the Queen’s passing, reducing the likes of Jenny and Lee to tears.
As tributes began to roll out for the late monarch, an emotional Jenny sang along to the national anthem.
Meanwhile in Wiltshire, Giles sweetly comforted his wife Mary as she began to tear up.
Several other stars also appeared teary-eyed as the news paid tribute to the Queen.
All the stars went on to share their own memories of the Queen, with Stephen recalling a photograph he had of her “photobombing” hubby Daniel.
He also revealed their choice place to hang such a photo – the office toilet. In light of her passing, they pledged to put the picture back up.
Many TV shows were cancelled in the wake of the Queen’s passing last week, but Gogglebox was applauded for still airing as viewers wanted “normality”.
Announcing the decision to continue to air the show, Channel 4 released a statement which read: "Channel 4 exists to offer viewers an alternative and that is particularly important at times like this.
“Gogglebox is a much loved national institution and it will air as planned tonight bringing a valuable sense of continuity for many of our viewers."
The move was largely welcomed by fans of the show, as alongside the usual praise for this week’s telly highlights, many fans took to social media to thank both Gogglebox and Channel 4 for giving them a moment away from the emotionally taxing news currently dominating the media.
“I’m so glad Channel 4 decided to still show Gogglebox tonight. A welcome break. A brief distraction,” wrote one fan before continuing.
“I understand the need for rolling news coverage on other channels. And I’ve been watching a lot of it. But it’s nice to also have the option of something lighter to watch.”
Another fan agreed, writing: “Thank you @Channel4 for putting on Gogglebox we all needed that laugh as a break to all of the sad news we’ve had this last 24 hours.”
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