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Gogglebox has become a beloved and award-winning show on Channel 4, known for its real-life reactions and hilarious moments. The natural stars of the show get paid a decent fee each month – as well as a tasty free perk

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Gogglebox became a hit as soon as it flashed onto our screens for the first time in 2013.

The faces of the show have gone on to become very well known to Channel 4 audiences.

Show favourites like Dave and Shirley, Giles and Mary and the Siddiqui family can earn a sizeable sum for their witty comments during the programme.

The beauty of the show is that it provides us with an inside look at the family moments that make us laugh and sometimes cry, as we can all relate to sitting around watching the TV and making sarcastic comments about celebrities with our loved ones.

So how much do the Gogglebox cast earn?

How much do the Gogglebox families get paid?

The Siddiqui family have been on Gogglebox since the first series in 2013
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Each family on Gogglebox gets paid a sum of £1,500 a month.

This is shared out between them and they receive a free takeaway for their troubles as well.

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The fee is according to insiders reporting to The Sun and has never been confirmed by Channel 4.

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That doesn’t mean stars can’t go on to do their own thing. Former cast member Scarlett Moffat has now believed to have a net worth of over £1 million after going on to become a TV personality.

How much TV do the Gogglebox cast have to watch?

Jenny and Lee get paid a fair amount for their Gogglebox services
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The cast of Gogglebox have to watch around 12 hours of TV a week.

The TV marathon is split across two six-hour shifts, allowing the cast to carry on with their main job commitments and any schooling they have to get through.

The long hours have led to some criticism from cast members. Paige Deville left the show in 2021 and was scathing on Twitter, saying: “I have made the decision to walk away from Gogglebox.

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“It’s been an experience but one I cannot continue with due to long hours of filming, restrictiveness, control of our actions and opinions and zero aftercare support.”

Channel 4 insisted it does its best to look after cast members: “The welfare of contributors – past and present – is of paramount importance and robust protocols are in place to support contributors before, during and after taking part in the series.”

How can I be on Gogglebox?

Cast members can’t apply but are found by a recruitment process
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People can’t apply to be on Gogglebox. Instead, the Channel 4 show recruits its members by scouting the country far and wide.

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A spokesperson from Channel 4 said in 2020: “There is no way to apply to be on Gogglebox.”

Cast members are ideally people who are funny without realising it, and executive producer Victoria Ray told the Daily Star: “The ideal people are ones who don’t know that they’re funny.

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The likes of Marcus and Mica on Gogglebox have to watch a huge amount of TV every week
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“We like people who are charismatic, engaging and who don’t necessarily see themselves as TV personalities.”

Speaking about the casting, the show’s creator Stephen Lambert said in 2015: “Everybody on Gogglebox has been found and persuaded to be on the show and I think that’s the key to why they are likeable and why the show works, because we get to know these people. We’ve never advertised for people on Gogglebox.”

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