Gogglebox star Tom Malone Jr has quit after more than six years on the programme.
Tom announced the news for fans of the Channel 4 show on Thursday (February 25), just a day before the start of the new series.
Taking to Twitter, Tom confirmed that he was leaving.
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He told his followers that it was “finally time to put down the remote”, insisting he had “loved every minute” of it.
The TV star also expressed his “eternal” gratitude to Channel 4 and the firm behind the programme, Studio Lambert, for allowing him to be part of the cast.
He wrote on Twitter: “So after six and a half years it’s finally time to put down the remote and say goodbye to Gogglebox.
Tom ‘loved every minute’ of it
“I’ve loved every minute and I’m eternally grateful to Channel 4 and Studio Lambert for allowing me to be a part of the show.”
I look forward to enjoying the show as a viewer and not having to worry about saying something stupid.
Tom didn’t reveal exactly what his plans are now, only saying that he would be exploring new opportunities.
And he joked he looked forward to finally being able to enjoy Gogglebox as a viewer.
His tweet continued: “But new opportunities are knocking on the door and it’s time to explore them.
“I look forward to enjoying the show as a viewer and not having to worry about saying something stupid.”
Malone family to remain on Gogglebox
Luckily for fans of the Malones, he confirmed that his mum, dad and brother would continue filming and remain part of the cast.
He added: “PS, Don’t worry, my parents and brother will still be on the show to keep you entertained every Friday.”
The Malones joined the cast of the Channel 4 reality TV show in 2014.
Aside from Tom Jr, the family comprises mum and dad Julie and Tom and their other son, Shaun.
They are often joined on screen by their dogs, Dave, Lucy, Izzy and Joe.
A Channel 4 spokesperson told ED: “Tom Malone Jr has decided to leave Gogglebox but the Malone family will continue to be part of the series. We’d like to thank him for his contributions over the years and wish him all the best for the future.”
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