Gogglebox’s Chris Butland-Steed quits show to 'pursue a career in TV'
The hairdresser has appeared on the hit programme since the first series.
Gogglebox favourite Chris Butland-Steed has quit the Channel 4 show.
The hairdresser, known for sharing the sofa with his former partner Stephen Webb, said he wanted to “take the plunge” to “pursue a career in TV”.
“After 10 series, a wedding, and a helluva lot of takeaways, our lovely dogs and I have decided it’s time to say a very fond farewell to our Gogglebox family,” he told fans on Twitter.
“I’ve loved every minute of being on the show and will never forget all the amazing things it’s allowed me to do.”
I’d like to announce I've decided to leave Gogglebox and am looking forward to the exciting adventures that lay ahead! Huge thanks to @C4Gogglebox @Channel4 for the amazing experiences I’ve had & wish cast & crew well. Massive thanks to the fans for their support! #watchthisspace pic.twitter.com/2T8JpA3Y7E— Chris Ashby-Steed (@ChrisAshbySteed) February 22, 2018
Butland-Steed has appeared on Gogglebox with Webb since the first series five years ago, despite the couple splitting up.
He married boyfriend Tony Butland in 2017.
“Since my wedding, it’s felt like there should be a new start, so I’m taking the plunge to see what’s out there!” he wrote.
“I’m really looking forward to what the future holds, especially pursuing a career in TV, as I hope to show viewers that I have many more talents. So, watch this space!”
According to the Sun, Webb will now share the sofa with his mother.
Former Gogglebox stars include Scarlett Moffatt, who was crowned Queen of the Jungle in I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here! in 2016, and Leon Bernicoff, who died last year, aged 83.