Gogglebox: Maureen Lipman says the show cut her 'wit'
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Maureen Lipman, 75, revealed some behind-the-scenes gossip about Gogglebox and what actually goes on when the cameras stop rolling. The Coronation Street actress recently featured on the celebrity instalment alongside Gyles Brandreth, but she admitted the programme “wasn’t really interested” in any of the star’s opinions on the shows they have to watch.
Life is too short to watch a series of hopeless men dangle their bits and pieces in my direction. So I’m going
In a new interview, she opened up on her experience, also adding that she wasn’t impressed they cut the pair’s “witty” moments from the final edit.
Fans of the Channel 4 series watched Maureen and Gyles react to the likes of controversial show Naked Attraction, but it seems viewers have missed out on some moments, including when she walked out when 12 penis’ appeared on-screen.
She later returned with a supermarket bag-for-life on her head, but what would have been a funny moment was cut from the episode.
“They’re not really interested in our opinions on what they’re giving us,” she shrugged.
“I’d seen Gogglebox and I thought, ‘Oh, [ours] is the grown-up version, is it? I’m going to go on, and make a lot of comments now about the oeuvre and ‘I did like his first trilogy, but then I felt in some ways that perhaps over the years…’
“But it’s your reaction to 12 dangling willies they want.”
She touched on what the producers are really looking for in order to make the show a success.
“They’re searching for ways to make me go, ‘Urgh!'” she explained to Radio Times.
“So I thought, ‘Well, actually, no, life is too short to watch a series of hopeless men dangle their bits and pieces in my direction. So I’m going.'”
She also opened up about her thoughts on Gogglebox during a appearance on This Morning, where she complained about the edited out witticisms.
Maureen said: “I didn’t realise they were just going to show us lots and lots of mens’ bits.
“We say really witty things don’t we Gyles and it all gets cut in favour of us going ‘Ew!’ and ‘What’s that? Oh, I didn’t realise people were growing aubergines like that?’”
Of course it is likely that due to the number of celebrities appearing, it’s impossible to include everything.
The new series of Celebrity Gogglebox will see Lorraine Kelly and her daughter Rosie appear.
The presenter posted on her Twitter account: “So looking forward to this – @Rosiekellysmith and I had such a laugh. Ruby was an angel!”
Other stars making an appearance includes Mel B and her brother Paul O’Neill, football pundits Jamie Carragher and Micah Richards, and Clara Amfo will appear with brother Andy.
Nick Grimshaw and niece Liv, Denise Van Outen and partner Eddie, and Eammon Holmes and Ruth Langsford will also return.
It’s also been rumoured Sir Tom Jones will join The Voice co-star Anne Marie on the sofa to tune into this week’s TV.
Maureen’s full interview is available to read now in Radio Times.
Celebrity Gogglebox airs Friday on Channel 4 at 9pm.
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