Former Gogglebox star Scarlett Moffatt has admitted she once thought the popular Channel 4 show ‘sounded absolutely horrific’ and was adamant she didn’t want to be on TV.
But things have definitely changed now, after the TV personality shot to even greater fame following her I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! win in 2016.
Since then, the Queen of the Jungle has presented Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, and also also made appearances on Celebrity Juice, Celebrity Bake Off, First Dates and Through The Keyhole.
But, it was Gogglebox where it all really began for the 31-year-old, as the star appeared beside her parents (and their beloved dogs) for a two-year stint from season two in 2014.
Recalling becoming a TV-sofa critic, Scarlett revealed: ‘It was a favour to a friend,’ recalling how her college mate rung her and said: ‘”You know quite a lot of people. Do you know any families that would do this show called Gogglebox?”
‘And I was like, “explain what it is to me”. And he went, “you watch the telly”. I went “uhuh”. And he went, “that’s it.”‘
Scarlett continued to Nick Grimshaw and Angela Hartnett on their Dish podcast: ‘I went, “that sounds absolutely horrific”.
‘I was like, have they run out of things to show on telly now, like people watching telly?
‘And then I rang everyone, no one wanted to do it.’
Scarlett added that her friend had said he was a ‘researcher’, which she assumed to be a ‘science job’: ‘I thought he was going to ask us to partake in some research thing.
‘And then he said, “can we audition your family?”
‘And I was like, “yeah, if you want”, and then I was like, “but we don’t actually want to be on telly”.
‘He was like, “yes, that’s fine. We’ll just do the audition.”‘
Scarlett continued, telling listeners about her audition where she confused former Prime Minister David Cameron with broadcaster Piers Morgan: ‘They showed us like flashcards of different people, and I got confused with David Cameron and Piers Morgan.
‘Like, I thought they were the same, they looked very similar on this photo.
‘And then on the Monday, we got a call saying, “hey, we would like you on the show.” And I was like, “ahh!”
‘And at the time we got like 50 quid and a free takeaway, and I was like, ahh what’s the worst that could happen?’
Scarlett added that her dad, who appeared on the sofa with her, was the one who said ‘we may as well do it, we enjoy watching telly together, so why not?’
She added: ‘And at the time, like we came in on series two, so it wasn’t even a thing, do you know what I mean?
‘So, it was like, no, not even our own family members watched it, do you know what I mean?
‘It was like a little secret sort of thing, but then all of a sudden it just, yeah, blown up.’
She added: ‘But I’d never guessed that it would have, like, ended in an actual telly career.’
Gogglebox is available to watch on All4.