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Corries Maureen Lipman quits Celebrity Gogglebox and calls out shows editing

Dec 1, 2021

Coronation Street actress Maureen Lipman told Loose Women she no longer wishes to take part in Celebrity Gogglebox.

The actress, with a career spanning over 50 years, told the panellists on ITV that she was not a fan of the way the editors of the Channel 4 programme used her reactions.

On Celebrity Gogglebox, 75 year old Maureen appeared with fellow actor Gyles Brandreth and shared their views and thoughts with viewers on programmes including Great British Bake Off and Naked Attraction. But, most of the gold the pair came out with did not make the cut, according to the actress.

Maureen discussed having to watch Channel 4's nude dating show. She told panellist Janice Street-Porter: "I've seen all the male tackle that I need to see for this lifetime, to be honest, I really have."

Earlier this year, the star shared that she walked off the Gogglebox set after being made to watch the show hosted by Anna Richardson. Maureen felt editors were only looking for her shock and not her insight.

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She explained in June this year: "It's your reaction to 12 dangling willies they want. They're searching for ways to make me go, 'Urgh!' 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'."

The Corrie star, who has played Evelyn Plummer since 2018, said: "I've run through my period of going 'oh get it off'!"

The theatre actress has now elaborated and explained her frustrations at the programme's editing and decision to no longer take part.

She said of filming Gogglebox: "Gyles loves it. He absolutely loves it, and we had such a good time, but none of the clever things we said went into it, just 'Ooh!' went into it."

Earlier this year, Maureen became the first serving actress of Coronation Street to become a dame. In October, she became a dame commander for services to charity, entertainment and the arts.

At the time of the award, Dame Maureen talked about the dilemma that comes with receiving the award.

The thespian laughed: "It’s been a long time coming. I heard about it in 2020 and then I couldn’t collect it. And so the coat you bought becomes like something you don’t want to wear."

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