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Gogglebox’s Tom Malone Jr responds to rumours about why he left the show

He’s now left the show

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Tom Malone Jr confirmed yesterday that he’s leaving Gogglebox, after becoming a firm favourite on the show alongside his very Mancunian family.

Tom took to Twitter to announce that he is leaving Gogglebox for good, thanking Channel 4 and Studio Lambert for his time on the popular show.

The 26-year-old is part of the much-loved Malone family from Manchester, who joined Gogglebox back in 2014, with dad Tom Senior and mum Julie starring alongside Tom Jr and Shaun.

Tom Sr and Julie have two more children, Lee and Vanessa, although the older siblings have never appeared on the show.

While Tom Jr has officially departed the show, he confirmed that his family will remain on Gogglebox for future seasons – much to everyone’s delight.

He announced the news on Twitter, saying: “So after six years it’s finally time to put down the remote and say goodbye to Gogglebox.

“I’ve loved every minute and I’m eternally grateful to Channel 4 and Studio Lambert for allowing me to be a part of the show. But new opportunities are knocking on the door and it’s time to explore them.

“I look forward to enjoying the show as a viewer and not having to worry about having said something stupid! P.S. Don’t worry my parents and my brother will still be on the show to keep you guys entertained every Friday.”

He later returned to Twitter to respond to rumours about why he left the show, tweeting: “Just to clear a few things up: I didn’t ‘Quit’ the show… I left on good terms.

“My girlfriend never even wanted to be on the show and had nothing to do with me leaving. I wasn’t scared to say something stupid.

“Anyone spouting these narratives are spreading fabrications.”

While Tom has yet to reveal what new opportunities he’ll be exploring, his dance career is on the up so there’s likely a very bright future ahead of him, and we wish him all the best.

Gogglebox is returning to our screens for a new series tonight at 9pm on Channel 4.

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ITV confirms The X Factor has been scrapped after 17 years

The end of an era…

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Iconic ITV show The X Factor has been scrapped after 17 long years on our screens.

The talent show has entertained the nation since 2004, however ITV has now confirmed that there’s ‘no plans’ for it to return.

The X Factor was created by Simon Cowell back in 2004 but hasn’t aired since 2018.

ITV said in a statement: “There are no current plans for the next series of The X Factor at this stage.”

However, a source revealed the show might not be permanently axed, rather placed on the backburner for at least five years.

The source said: “Globally, it is still a phenomenon and rakes in millions every year. But in the UK, there is no question it has become slightly stale.

“Simon remains at the top of his game and knows how to make a hit. He owns the rights to the show, and it’s his call — not ITV’s — whether or not he drops it.

“Clearly the last thing he wants is for X Factor to fizzle out with a whimper and become a bit of a joke — especially in contrast to the show in its pomp.

“It is still on the back-burner and there’s the option to return it in 2023, with auditions next summer, but a lot will ride on his new format Walk The Line.”

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Naked Attraction looking for Manchester contestants to take part in next series

Know anyone who’d be up for this?

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Naked Attraction, arguably the world’s most outrageous dating show, is on the look out for brave and ballsy contestants for its upcoming series.

Just incase you’re unfamiliar, the premise is simple: one contestant has to choose a potential partner from a line up of very naked strangers who are each presented in individual pods.

Bit by bit (literally), their bodies are exposed and they are gradually whittled down based on who the chooser finds the least attractive.

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A little problematic in some senses, but the show, presented by Anna Richardson, has proven to be a huge success since its debut in 2016, and has gone on to have eight seasons.

And now, a new season is on the horizon and the producers are officially on the hunt for new contestants to bare all in the search for love (or a bit of viral fame, whatever floats your boat.)

Executive Producer, Darrell Olsen, said: “We’re excited to be back looking for a new batch of contestants! In these times I think many people are keen to find love and what better way than dating in reverse and starting off naked?”

Though it is worth noting that 1.5 million people have tuned in to watch the show in the past, so you need to be brave enough to bare all to a hefty audience.

Filming for the series is set to begin in the autumn, adhering to Covid filming guidance. Applicants also need to be eighteen years or older – for obvious reasons.

If you think you’re brave enough for the show, you can fill out an application here. Good luck! 

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Gordon, Gino and Fred are returning with a ‘big fat Greek adventure’ Road Trip special this autumn

The boys are back on possibly their biggest adventure yet

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Everyone’s favourite cooking trio are making a much-needed comeback with an epic road trip across Greece set to air this autumn. 

The unlikely pals have travelled across various parts of the globe together as a part of their hugely successful ITV show – America, France and Italy, to name a few – and have experienced many weird and wonderful customs along the way.

And now, they are set to add the beautiful country of Greece to their growing list.

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In Gordon, Gino & Fred Go Greek, the stars will be heading out to the country’s capital city of Athens and its many stunning islands – including the largest, Crete, which is where their journey will begin.

The trio will then move on in their trademark RV to other must-see Greek locations such as Santorini, Mykonos and Meteora, breaking up the driving with jet ski racing, shipwreck diving and fresh lobster hunting along the way.

ITV announced the show as part of its autumn programming, saying: This time their RV is hitting the beautiful Greek islands and historical city of Athens, for a big fat Greek adventure, together again behind the wheel on an epic odyssey like no other.

From island hopping on a catamaran, to jet ski racing and shipwreck diving, there will be bromance and bickering in equal measure.

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Thanks to an abundance of fantastic food, including the freshest lobster, chefs Gordon and Gino will be looking to prove that Greece’s culinary credentials are up there with the very best of Europe.

The guys will begin their adventure in Crete, Greece’s largest island, before navigating their way to stunning Santorini, making their way to the party island of Mykonos and finishing their trip in the Greek capital Athens and the monasteries of Meteora.

Travelling together in the birthplace of civilisation, what could possibly go wrong?”

An official air date is yet to be announced. 

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