How Jenny and Lee ended up on Gogglebox – and which one didn’t want to do it

They always look like they are having so much fun.

So it’s hard to believe one half of Hull’s Gogglebox duo initially had reservations about taking part at all.

Hull stars Jenny and Lee are once again making people laugh around the country with the return of the latest season of Gogglebox.

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The best friends from Hull have become hugely popular with fans since joining the hit Channel Four show in 2014.

Anyone who has watched the show will know that Jenny and Lee – or Jenny Newby and Lee Riley, to give them their full names – will see that they often fall into fits of giggles as they give their reactions to the biggest shows on television from the legendary caravan.

The duo actually met more than 20 years ago when Jenny was the landlady of the Crown pub in Paull, and Lee was a regular customer. And they have been best friends ever since.

Jenny said the pair loved to watch TV together even before the show happened.

So just how did they end up on our TV every Friday night?

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Well, Jenny was enjoying a day out at Beverley Ladies Day when she got talking to a Channel Four researcher.

After telling them she was a huge fan of the show, they eventually asked her to star in it!

“I was a big fan of it right from the beginning,” she previously said.

“If my friends were going out, I’d say, ‘I can’t, I’ve got to stay in and watch Gogglebox’. I loved it. So to be on it is amazing. I’d never have thought it would happen in a million years.”

But after Jenny asked her best friend to join her on the show, he wasn’t sure.

He previously told us his initial reaction was a bit rude.

“No, it was,” laughs Lee. “It ended in ‘off’.

“Oh, that’s really rude, isn’t it? You can’t put that in the paper – but it’s true.”

“I’d never heard of Gogglebox to be honest and I didn’t want to do it,” he said.

“I’d say it took her about an hour and a half to talk me into it – about as long as it took me to get me out of bed.”

Read more about the popular duo and what they have been up to on the latest series so far here.

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