Gogglebox star Stephen Lustig-Webb explains his and Daniel’s absence from series return


Gogglebox’s Stephen and Daniel were missing from this week’s episode (Picture: Channel 4)

Gogglebox fans may have noticed two missing couch critic’s when the show returned to screens this week, and now Stephen Lustig-Webb has explained why he and husband Dan weren’t seen.

Since the beloved series began back in 2013, Stephen has been involved, and for the past eight seasons has been joined by husband Daniel Lustig-Webb.

But when the 21st season of the show returned, the couple were not included in any of the clips critiquing the shows that have recently been released.

However, after it went to air, Stephen explained why they hadn’t been filmed for the first episode.

Sharing a selfie of them both, he revealed his husband had been enjoying a little getaway.

‘He’s home just in time for #gogglebox we are not on this week as Daniel’s been away sunning himself in Dubai,’ he posted on Instagram.

Stephen and Daniel.

Stephen explained they weren’t seen because his husband was on holiday (Picture: Channel 4)

While fans were relived it was just a brief hiatus, their absence was still clearly felt.

‘Ah missing you boys this week,’ one person replied.

Another said they were wondering where they had been, but hoped Daniel had a fabulous time abroad.

One added: ‘You guys make my viewing! Can’t wait for this season.’

They’ve assured fans they’ll be back for upcoming episodes (Picture: Channel 4)

A staple of the show since it first started, hairdresser Stephen has delighted viewers over the years with his cutting barbs and quips, as has his husband since he signed up.

Stephen used to star on Gogglebox alongside Chris Butland-Steed, however Chris left the show in 2018 after a five year stint.

After his departure, Stephen briefly appeared on the show alongside his mum Pat, before Daniel joined in.

When not being filmed to have their faces televised across the country, the couple own a salon together in Brighton, named Lustig and Webb.

The pair announced their engagement in 2016, after Stephen proposed during a romantic getaway to India.

Gogglebox continues Friday at 9pm on Channel 4.

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