Gogglebox viewers were left scratching their heads over the 'quick edit' on Friday night’s show as producers raced to include a reference to Prince Philip’s death.
The Duke of Edinburgh passed away aged 99 on Friday, causing shake-ups in BBC and ITV’s programming schedules.
The channels pulled their shows, including Friday’s soaps, in order to commemorate Philip’s death.
However, Channel 4 confirmed Gogglebox and Hollyoaks would still be airing, sparking furious backlash.
The show began with The Royle Family narrator Craig Cash referencing the Duke of Edinburgh’s death in his usual style.
"In the week where we said goodbye to His Royal Highness, the Duke of Edinburgh," he said.
Fans turned to Twitter to share their surprise at the announcement: "'In the week we bid farewell to Prince Philip, the Duke or Edinburgh…' Blimey #Gogglebox got that in quick!"
One confused fan wrote: "Wait did the #Gogglebox voice over just reference Prince Philip being dead? Did they have an advance viewing copy?"
And someone else penned: "Weird start to #Gogglebox… 'In the week we lost Prince Philip, we watched some great TV'."
But others correctly predicted the show’s tragic beginning, with one typing: "Just realised it’s Friday so that means 'in the week The Duke of Edinburgh died, we enjoyed lots of great telly’ #Gogglebox".
Another fan said: "Wonder if Craig is going to do 'in the week that Prince Philip died… we enjoyed lots of great telly."
A third added: "Taking bets on #Gogglebox starting with 'in the week we said goodbye to Prince Philip'".
Earlier on Friday, the Gogglebox stars took to their own social media to pay tribute to His Royal Highness.
Jenny and Lee wrote on Instagram alongside a news clipping: "Such sad news RIP Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh GOD SAVE THE QUEEN."
And Ellie Warner replied with a comment of her own, adding: "Can’t believe it so close to his centenary year", followed by a crying emoji and pink heart.
A spokesperson for Channel 4 explained the controversial decision to go ahead with its scheduled programmes, explaining to Metro that they, like many others internationally, were deeply saddened by the news.
The representative went on to detail the live news special that aired on Channel 4 today, along with a special broadcast looking back at Prince Philip’s life.
The channel also plans to air a "number of documentaries" about the Duke of Edinburgh at the weekend.
But they added: "As an alternative public service broadcaster Channel 4 also has a duty to offer an alternative to others and, whilst we have marked this sad news appropriately in our schedules […] we will also continue to offer viewers the majority of our usual peak time schedule including Gogglebox and The Circle tonight."
Buckingham Palace released an official statement on Friday morning to announce the tragic news.
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It read: "It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
"His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.
"Further announcements will be made in due course.
"The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss."
Figures including Prime Minister Boris Johnson, controversial broadcaster Piers Morgan and the cast of Netflix's The Crown paid tribute on Friday.
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