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Gogglebox star sheds light on what life is like on the show, from money to internet trolls

Daily Post 19/09/2021 Andy Richardson & Jaymelouise Hudspith

Fan favourite Gogglebox star Paige Deville has opened up about how her life has changed since joining the show.

The 25-year-old has opened up about her experiences from what she gets paid to deal with online trolls, and late-night shopping.

The star and her mum Sally have appeared on the hit Channel 4 show for the last two years, but much to fans dismay the pair announced they’d be leaving.

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The exit was prompted by a heartbreaking split with her mum and co-star.

Birmingham Live reported how the 25-year-old stunned fans on Twitter with the news ahead of the latest episode being aired at 9 pm tonight, Friday, September 17.

Now the businesswoman has lifted the lid on the show revealing how much stars are paid and what really happens during filming.

How Paige got on hit TV show Gogglebox:

Paige was spotted by a Gogglebox talent spotter at her local hairdressers two years ago when she was 23.

After auditions both herself and mum Sally was invited to appear on the show.

Before her departure, she had appeared in four series.

How much stars are paid:

Paige and her mum received £100 each per filming session.

Paige says filming is usually around a nine-hour shift usually starting in the afternoon. Filming would start at 3.30 pm and go on till 12.30 am. While filming a series she could take part in up to three filming sessions per week.

She told BirminghamLive: "Although we are classed as celebrities we are not paid a celebrity wage.

"There are more popular characters on the show than myself and my mum like Pete and Sophie and the Malones. When they weren't available producers would contact us and ask us to film at the drop of a hat which we would do.

"But filming is long. You would start at 3.30 pm and finish at 12.30 am and be paid £100 each per filming session."

What happens during filming

There are usually five people from Gogglebox at every filming session including a cameraman, producer, assistant producer, sound engineer and runner.

Shifts are usually around nine hours at a time and Paige's shift would be between 3.30 pm and 12.30 am. Filming took place at Paige's home.

Paige said: "Filming is tough. You would stop to go to the toilet but other than that you wouldn't have a break. You would eat while filming.

"At one point my mum had her arm around me for four hours and they didn't want her to move her arm. It isn't as glamorous as you might think. It is very hard work.

"On another occasion, they asked if I would put a hair in my food so I could accuse my mom of giving me dinner with a hair in it just as a source of conversation on the show.

"I once got dolled up for the show and they told me to take my make-up off for a more casual at home look. It was very controlled.

"The whole filming was very invasive. We weren't getting paid much but Gogglebox staff would be using your electricity, your soap, your toilet paper. It started to grate on me."

How does Gogglebox change a star's life:

Paige says her life has changed dramatically over the last two years since she first appeared on the show.

She said: "The people on Gogglebox don't start out as stars. I was scouted after being spotted at the hairdressers I use. I wasn't a star like other reality TV stars who build up a name.

"You are thrown into the lion's den being exposed to trolls on Twitter. Some comments on Twitter are positive but there is a lot of negativity. Gogglebox takes over your life. I bought a car and Gogglebox contacted me to say I need to make it clear the purchase wasn't endorsed by them. Your life is controlled somewhat by them.

"You have to be very careful about what you say and do.

"You are treated like a celebrity but you are not paid celebrity wages. I go shopping at 10 pm at night because if I go in the day I get hassled by Gogglebox fans.

"My life has changed by all recognition. I just hope I can now reclaim some normality now I have left the show."

Paige will now concentrate on running her Staffordshire-based beauty recruitment business Palm Recruitment.

A Channel 4 spokesperson said: "The welfare of contributors – past and present – is of paramount importance and robust protocols are in place to support contributors before, during and after taking part in the series.”

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