Channel 4 have confirmed that Gogglebox’s Christmas special will still go ahead following Leon Bernicoff’s death.
Channel 4 will continue to air Gogglebox’s Christmas special on Christmas Eve at 9pm, following the sad news that Leon Bernicoff has died.
The two-hour special – that features Leon and June and other cast members from the programme – will show this year’s Gogglebox highlights.
A spokesperson for Gogglebox confirmed to The Mirror that it will still ‘go ahead as planned’.
Although an announcement about Leon’s death will be made on Channel 4 before it is shown on Christmas Eve.
The retired teacher and his wife June were one of the first couples to join Gogglebox back in 2013.
Leon met June in 1955 and they both married five years later.
In a statement on behalf of Bernicoff’s family, production company Studio Lambert and Channel 4 said: “It is with a heavy heart that we announce the sad news that after a short illness Gogglebox’s Leon Bernicoff passed away in hospital earlier today.
“Leon and his wife June were the first members of the public to be cast for Gogglebox back in early 2013, and they soon grew to become much-loved voices during the course of the show’s 10 series to date.
“Leon’s unique personality and sharp wit endeared him to fans of the show, as he contributed fully to Gogglebox’s reputation as a programme full of warm humour and unvarnished opinion.
“To those of us that knew him personally, Leon was a man of unwavering principles who exerted a distinct paternal presence both on and off screen. He will be dearly missed by the entire Gogglebox family; cast and crew.
“Our thoughts are with June, his two daughters, sons-in-law and beloved grandchildren – all of whom have asked for their privacy to be respected at this incredibly sad time.”