Gogglebox’s Sid Siddiqui calls fans ‘my best friends’ as he’s forced to stay off the show in isolation – The Sun

GOGGLEBOX favourite Sid Siddiqui calls fans "my best friends" as he's forced to stay off from the show.

The 73-year-old is in isolation away from his sons Baasit, 34, and Umar, 41, who have been filming the series without him.

The telly watcher took to Twitter to tell fans why he's been away – and share a heart-melting message.

Sid posted on Twitter: "A big hi to all my friends, I don't feel you're fans but my best and close friends.

"I am sorry for my absence from #Gogglebox, your kind & beautiful messages always overwhelm me with touch of sadness.

"These difficult times will pass. Please #bestrong #besafe".

His son Baasit also tweeted his thanks, adding: "A massive massive thank you to all of you for all the #Gogglebox love.

"I won't lie, I'm missing [Sid] like crazy but the rest of the cast and the incredible hard working crew make me so proud to be on your telly during some pretty testing times! #thankyou".

Viewers were furious with Gogglebox on Friday's episode after it appeared Leeds sisters Ellie and Izzi Warner watched hours of TV in the same room – despite not living together.

Viewers said the pair shouldn't be in each other's homes amid the coronavirus lockdown, with some branding Channel 4 "irresponsible" for airing the scenes.

Fans were expecting to see Ellie's boyfriend Nat, who had previously taken Izzi's place during the lockdown, but were shocked to see her back in the house instead.

One tweeted: "Ellie’s boyfriend was stepping in for Izzi. So how come she’s now back and mixing households? God what I would give to see my family!!"

A second wrote "So wait… izzi and ellie have completely broken lockdown rules and moved back in with each other??? how is that allowed?"

Another said: "I’m proper confused… They replaced Izzi with Ellie’s bf cos they weren’t isolating together, but now they’re back filming together?? Yet C4 said at the beginning that the cast is adhering to social distancing 🤷🏼‍♀️ clearly not huns."

A spokesperson for the show told The Sun Online: "Most of the families live together but where they don’t, they are complying with PHE [Public Health England] social distancing guidelines.

“Gogglebox will only film with families where it’s safe to do so. The health and safety of our cast and crew is paramount."

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