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09th May 2022

Gogglebox’s Lee pays tribute to late cast members during BAFTA speech

The Gogglebox star appeared at the ceremony last night.

Gogglebox’s Lee has paid tribute to the late cast members of the show during his BAFTA speech.

The star, who appears alongside his friend Jenny in the Channel 4 show, accepted the award for Best Constructed Factual saying that for the “past and present families who have been on Gogglebox, it is an honour to get it for them.”

Lee also explained why Jenny wasn’t there to celebrate their big win, telling the Daily Star that she was having an operation and couldn’t attend the event.

“She is not very well, she is having an operation, a mini one, but she is recovering well though,” he said.

“She was invited but the appointment was in BAFTA week. You can’t turn down an NHS operation down can you? But she is doing well.”

Gogglebox was just one of many Channel 4 shows nominated for awards at last night’s ceremony, including It’s a Sin, which to the surprise of many didn’t pick up a single award.

Following Gogglebox’s win, Chief executive of Studio Lambert, Stephen Lambert, took the opportunity to address the UK government’s plan to privatise Channel 4.

He said: “Googlebox might have ended when it started nine years ago as it got modest ratings, but a publicly owned risk-taking Channel 4 believed in it and they stuck with it.

“If the government go ahead with its destructive plan to end Channel 4, these kinds of risks will not be taken and a big part will have ended for no good reason.”

The network recently shared its alternative plan to privatisation in a bid to keep the station publicly owned including creating jobs outside of London, investing in career opportunities for young people who may not otherwise have a career in the media, and to contribute £11 billion to the Uk economy each year.