Gogglebox’s Stephen and Daniel on how oversharing on show gets them in trouble

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Staying in on a Friday night is so much more fun when it’s in the company of the Gogglebox gang, who entertain us with saucy, silly and sometimes shocking reactions to the week’s TV shows.

And when we caught up with two of its funniest stars, married couple Stephen Webb and Daniel Lustig, we were delighted to find they are just as much fun in real life. Stephen sweetly teases Daniel, who he runs a hairdressing salon with in Hurstpierpoint, West Sussex, throughout our chat.

Clearly smitten with each other, the pair are overjoyed that Gogglebox has been nominated at the Television and Radio Industries Club Awards. “We’re not up against Ant and Dec and Bradley Walsh – they are up against us,” jokes Stephen when we quiz him and Daniel all about being on the hit show…

Hi guys! Congrats on Gogglebox being shortlisted for best entertainment programme at the TRIC Awards. How does it feel?

Stephen: It always feels amazing to be up for an award and it gives everyone a little pat on the back to know we are doing really well. And obviously, who doesn’t love an award show?

You’re up against Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway and Bradley Walsh & Son: Breaking Dad – how do you think you’ll fare?

Stephen: It is amazing to be up for an award with these other people. Just being in the same category as them is amazing. It just goes to show what calibre we are up against – although we’re not up against them, they are up against us!

Who’s the most famous person who has told you they’re a fan of Gogglebox?

Daniel: I was in Waitrose near where we live and was just waiting in the queue and Zoe Ball came in and pointed at me and said, “Oh, it’s you off Gogglebox.” I couldn’t believe someone like that recognised me. It was just before she came on the show.

Stephen: And now, of course, she’s a Gogglebox family member who we love. I’ve got a few celebrity followers who do inbox me and, obviously, I wouldn’t repeat anything they tell me because it’s private. So there you go!

Which other stars would you like to see on the celebrity version?

Stephen: I’d love to see Miriam Margolyes. I think she is hysterical. We share a passion for farting and swearing and I just love her because she tells it as it is.

Daniel: I would love to be on the same couch as the Drag Race judges, RuPaul, Todrick Hall and Michelle Visage – that’d be poptastic.

How often do you get stopped by fans in the street?

Stephen: All the time – everyone is always really friendly and positive.

Daniel: They say, “You’re not as tall as we thought – but you are better looking…”

What are your favourite shows to watch?

Stephen: I like things like 24 Hours In A&E – the kind of show that tells a story of a family and love, and everything is alright in the end.

Daniel: I like to watch anything about animals – or a horror movie gets me going.

If you could only watch one TV show forever, which one would you pick?

Stephen: It would have to be Sex And The City. I start from series one and go through all the series and both films. I am thrilled to bits they are coming out with a new series.

Daniel: I know all the lines.

Stephen: “Dirty martini, dirty bastard!”

Daniel: I would love to watch Dynasty forever and pretend I’m Krystle Carrington.

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Has being on TV made you more aware of how you look?

Stephen: No, I am clearly very happy with the way I look. Yes, I’m a little bit overweight and getting quite a substantial moob on me, but I love watching myself on TV and I think I’m hilarious.

Daniel: Yes is the answer for me. When I first watched myself, I was taken aback by how I sound and how I look. But watching myself has made me respect how I look.

Finally, it’s been a devastating few months for the Gogglebox family with the deaths of Pete McGarry, Mary Cook and Andy Michael. What do you think all three brought to the show?

Stephen: It’s been a really sad time. Mary was a sweet, lovely lady but with some brilliant innuendos and one-liners up her sleeve. We loved watching her and Marina together – their popularity shows that whatever age you are, you can still connect with younger people through humour. Andy was always truly himself and we really admired how straight-talking he was.

You could always tell there was so much love and mutual respect within the Michael family. Pete was a total sweetheart and brought a real Cockney charm to Gogglebox. He didn’t always say a lot, but we loved him chiming in with, “Leave off, Linda!” every so often. All three will be really sadly missed.

Do you forget the cameras are watching and overshare when filming Gogglebox?

Daniel: You completely forget the cameras are there because they are really small – they don’t move or light up or anything. Stephen likes to overshare and one time, before I was on the show, he did overshare that I’d called in sick to work. I wasn’t sick – I had a bad hangover. I got in lots of trouble with all my clients – so thanks Steve!

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