Gogglebox star Stephen Webb remembered his three co-stars who died this year, saying it’s a ‘really sad time’ for everyone on the show.
Pete McGarry, Mary Cook and Andy Michael all passed away within months of each other between June and August.
Pete from Essex was 71, Bristolian Mary was 92, and Brighton-based former UKIP councillor Andy was 61.
Stephen, 49, joined Gogglebox in its first series back in 2013 and now makes regular appearances with husband Daniel Lustig.
He is a hairdresser from Brighton, known for his sarcastic quips and pampering his beloved poodles Babs, Betsy and Princess.
Speaking to OK! Magazine, he paid tribute to his fellow cast members.
‘It’s been a really sad time,’ he said.
‘Mary was a sweet, lovely lady, but with some brilliant innuendo and one-liners up her sleeve.
‘We loved watching her and Marina together, their popularity shows that whatever age you are, you can still connect with younger people through humour.’
Mary first appeared alongside best friend Marina Wingrove back in 2016, touching viewers with their genuinely lovely friendship while making them laugh with cheeky comments.
She died in hospital surrounded by family and friends, it was announced on August 23.
Speaking of father-of-four Andy, Stephen said he was ‘admired’ by the rest of the cast.
‘Andy was always truly himself and we really admire how straight talking he was. You could always tell there was so much love and mutual respect within the Michael family,’ he shared.
Andy’s death from a short illness was announced a few days after Mary’s.
He appeared on the show’s very first episode with a Channel 4 statement calling him ‘a much-loved and respected member of the Gogglebox family.’
He died with family by his side.
Remembering Pete, who appeared on the show with his wife, Linda, Stephen said: ‘Pete was a total sweetheart and brought a real cockney charm to Gogglebox. He didn’t always say a lot, but we loved him chiming in with, “Leave off, Linda!” every so often.’
Linda confirmed her husband was diagnosed with bowel cancer earlier this year and had an operation to remove the tumour.
He was told he had six months to live, but died just days later in his home in Essex.
‘All three will be really sadly missed,’ Stephen said.
Gogglebox has been bringing joy to our screens for eight years as regular families up and down the country watch the week’s highest-rated TV shows, offering hilarious commentary on entertainment shows and films.
Viewers also get to know the stars as they share a glimpse into their home lives while sharing their opinions on the very best and worst of British television.
Gogglebox is available to stream on All 4.