Gogglebox star Lee Riley has explained why he and on-screen partner Jenny Newby still appeared together in the most recent episode, despite the current lockdown.
Since they first began appearing on the hit Channel 4 show in 2014, Lee has always joined best friend Jenny in her caravan to pass comment on the week of TV.
However, government rules aiming to prevent the spread of coronavirus mean that people are not allowed to accept visitors at their homes, unless there is a medical reason or they need to tend to a vulnerable person.
Answering any possible questions viewers might have had about how he had managed to get round the rules in order to film Gogglebox, Lee revealed he has actually moved in with Jenny so they can continue to do the show together during this period of social distancing.
He tweeted: “Jenny and me watching together as we are both on lockdown TOGETHER.”
“Friends with no benefits I may add,” he joked.
Well what can we say it’s Friday and it’s still on #Gogglebox 👏👏👏👏Jenny and me watching together as we are both on lockdown TOGETHER friends with no benefits I may add 😂😂an hour of laughs stay safe stay well #StayHomeSavesLives— Lee And Jenny (@leegogglebox) March 27, 2020
HuffPost UK has contacted a Gogglebox spokesperson to clarify if this is also the case for other families from the show who don’t all live in the same household.
The show’s makers recently announced that they had taken measures to allow “the families to take part without any contact from crew” with their homes fitted with remote cameras.
Channel 4′s director of programming Ian Katz said: “The coronavirus outbreak is an enormous creative challenge for all broadcasters and though it is having a profound impact on getting some of our productions onto screen, it’s also a time when public service broadcasters like Channel 4 can step up and help people navigate through the extraordinary challenges we all now face.”
This article originally appeared on HuffPost.