Gogglebox fans in tears as tribute to Andy Michael & Mary Cook airs following their deaths – but one late star is missed

CELEBRITY Gogglebox viewers were in tears last night as the show was dedicated to Andy Michael and Mary Cook following their deaths.

Andy sadly died in August 2021 at the age of 61 following a short illness.

His family first appeared on Gogglebox in the debut episode in 2013, but announced in 2014 that they were leaving because Mr Michael was running for Ukip in the general election.

After he failed to secure the Hastings and Rye seat, the family returned for future episodes.

Mary, another fan favourite, died in hospital in August aged 92.

The former hospitality worker joined the Channel 4 programme in 2016 alongside fellow Bristolian Marina Wingrove.

At the end of the Celebrity Gogglebox: Black to Front special on Friday, a photo of Mary and Andy was displayed with the caption: "In loving memory" and along with the year of their birth and of their death.

However, fans noticed Pete McGarry, who died aged 71 in June 2021, had not been honoured.

McGarry, along with wife Linda and her son, George Gilbey, originally joined the Channel 4 programme for its second series in 2013.

They later returned to the show for the seventh series in 2016 and continued to appear as series regulars.

The tributes left viewers emotional, while others were disappointed Pete had been left out.

One said: "Gogglebox @gogglebox very moving tributes for Mary Cook and Andy Michael's, but you left out Pete. 😒😑😢😢"

Another said: "Lovely tribute memorial for Mary and Andy🥺🙌💔 Gone but never forgotten"

As one more said: "Ahhhh Mary and Andy have passed on, I loved Mary, she was a belter"

Gogglebox star Julie Malone paid an emotional tribute to the cast members who died in the last two years as the show won the factual prize at the National Television Awards on Thursday night.

The Channel 4 show fended off competition from documentary Caroline Flack: Her Life And Death, travel series Gordon, Gino And Fred: American Road Trip and Paul O'Grady's For the Love Of Dogs to claim the gong on Thursday night.

Taking to the stage, the cast members thanked viewers for voting for the programme before Malone was ushered towards the microphone.

She said: "On behalf of all the Gogglebox families I would just like to say thank you for this award.

"On a sadder note I would like to nominate it to all the people we have lost sadly over the past 18 months to two years.

"That's Andy, Pete, Mary and everybody's favourite grandma June, who is now reunited with Leon. Thank you so much."

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