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Channel 4 to air tribute to Gogglebox star

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Posted on : December 25, 2017

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Media captionIn an interview with BBC Breakfast in 2013, Leon and June Bernicoff spoke about their TV favourites

Channel 4 has announced it will be airing a tribute to Gogglebox star Leon Bernicoff ahead of its Christmas special later.

Retired teacher Mr Bernicoff died in hospital aged 83 on Saturday after a short illness.

His widow, June Bernicoff, has thanked the public for their messages of support on Twitter.

The pair, from Liverpool, were the first couple to join the reality TV show’s cast when it launched in 2013.

The tribute will be shown just before Gogglebox, which airs on Channel 4 at 21:00 GMT on Sunday.

Tributes have continued to flood in for the reality TV star, who is also survived by two daughters, sons-in-law and grandchildren.

Famous faces, including Liam Gallagher – who starred in the celebrity special last month – took to Twitter.

Fans, including former pupils, also showed their admiration for Mr Bernicoff.

The popular Bafta-winning show features viewers at home reacting to television programmes.

There have been 10 series of Gogglebox and its format has been adopted across the world, including Australia, the US, Belgium and Norway.

Channel 4 and Studio Lambert described Mr Bernicoff as having exerted a “distinct paternal presence both on and off screen”.

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Fellow Gogglebox stars have also been paying tribute to Mr Bernicoff on Twitter, including Scarlett Moffat, who found fame on the show before going on to take part in and win the 16th series of ITV’s I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here.

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