Leon Bernicoff passed away last month
Gogglebox star June Bernicoff has confirmed she won’t be returning to the show after the death of her husband, Leon Bernicoff.
Leon passed away last month, aged 83. Bernicoff, who was a retired teacher, appeared on the popular Channel 4 show with his wife June from its launch in 2013.
Earlier this week (January 25), a fan asked June whether she would be returning to the show, suggesting she could do it with one of her daughters.
“Would you do the show with one of your daughters?” they asked. June replied, “It was a great adventure with a great finale with the NTA,” she said, referencing the Channel 4 show’s win at the National Television Awards last week.
Leon’s passing was announced via a statement from Channel 4 and production company Studio Lambert confirmed the news of his passing, as the BBC reports. “It is with a heavy heart that we announce the sad news that after a short illness Gogglebox‘s Leon Bernicoff passed away in hospital earlier today,” it read.
It continued: “Leon and his wife June were the first members of the public to be cast for Gogglebox back in early 2013, and they soon are to become much-loved voices during the course of the show’s 10 series to date. Leon’s unique personality and sharp wit endeared him to fans of the show, as he contributed fully to Gogglebox‘s reputation as a programme full of warm humour and unvarnished opinion.
“To those of us that knew him personally, Leon was a man of unwavering principles who exerted a distinct paternal presence both on and off screen. He will be dearly missed by the entire Gogglebox family; cast and crew.”
As well as June, Bernicoff is survived by two daughters, sons-in-law, and grandchildren.