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Gogglebox star quits hit TV show after ‘irreversible fallout with mum’

Birmingham Gogglebox star Paige Deville quit the hit TV show after a heartbreaking split with her mum and co-star.

Paige regularly appeared on the Channel 4 show with her mum Sally and had broken the news of her departure from the show to her stunned fans on Twitter ahead of the latest episode being aired at 9pm tonight, Friday, September 17.

On Twitter she accused bosses of providing “zero aftercare support” and now she has exclusively revealed to BirminghamLive how a split with her mum sparked her exit.

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The 25-year-old told BirminghamLive: “There have been problems within the family and my mum was given an ultimatum. The decision means I have nothing to do with her now. I think the decision is irreversible.

“It is very sad but that’s life unfortunately.

Brummie family Paige Deville and mum Sally on Gogglebox from Birmingham.

“My mum said she would no longer be filming Gogglebox. The show offered me an opportunity to work with another family member but I didn’t want to work with anyone else. My mum and myself had started the journey together and I wasn’t going to film with anyone else.

“Also I had really had enough of filming. I work long hours running my recruitment business and all the filming was becoming too much.

“There are more popular characters on the show than myself and my mum like Pete and Sophie and the Malones. When they weren’t available producers would contact us and ask us to film at the drop of a hat which we would do.

“But filming is long. You would start at 3.30pm and finish at 12.30am and be paid £100 each per filming session.

“Filming is tough. You would stop to go to the toilet but other than that you wouldn’t have a break. You would eat while filming.

Gogglebox star Paige Deville
Gogglebox star Paige Deville

“At one point my mum had her arm around me for four hours and they didn’t want her to move her arm. It isn’t as glamorous as you might think. It is very hard work.”

Paige explained the tweet she had sent out on Twitter criticising the show for ‘zero aftercare.’

The tweet said: “I have made the decision to walk away from Gogglebox. It’s been an experience but one I cannot continue with due to long hours of filming, restrictiveness, control of our actions and opinions & zero aftercare support but hey who cares about ex cast, their NTA winners”.

She said: “I felt i didn’t really have any support after the split with my mum. They sent me a number to speak to a therapist. But i didn’t feel like there was much after care support.

“The people on Gogglebox don’t start out as stars. I was scouted after being spotted at the hairdressers I use. I wasn’t a star like other reality TV stars who build up a name.

“You are thrown into the lion’s den being exposed to trolls on Twitter. They take over your life. I bought a car and Gogglebox contacted me to say i need to make it clear the purchase wasn’t endorsed by them. Your life is controlled somewhat by them.

“You are treated like a celebrity but you are not paid celebrity wages. I go shopping at 10pm at night because if I go in the day i get hassled by Gogglebox fans. I just don’t think its worth it anymore.

Gogglebox star Paige Deville
Gogglebox star Paige Deville

“It was a great novelty to begin with. I think most people would jump at the chance to appear on a TV show if they are offered the opportunity. I enjoyed the first couple of series but then the novelty wears away. I appeared in four series altogether.”

Paige is not appearing in the latest series.

Paige said she is now concentrating on running her successful Staffordshire based beauty recruitment business called Palm Recruitment.

Its the latest blow for the long-running show, which has mourned the loss of a number of contributors who have died, while others have left.

Linda McGarry, Carolyne Michael and her two children Louis and Alex, and Marina Wingrove have all stepped away for the time being, but have all been given the option to return in the future if it suits them, according to the Daily Star.

Linda’s husband Pete died in July after a short illness, while Carolyne’s husband Andy and Marina’s best friend Mary Cook both passed away a month later.

A Channel 4 spokesperson said: “The welfare of contributors – past and present – is of paramount importance and robust protocols are in place to support contributors before, during and after taking part in the series.”

Paige’s mum, Sally, was unable to be contacted.

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