Kirstie Allsopp blasts Gogglebox as worst form of television in savage blow to Channel 4

Kirstie Allsopp admits she doesn't like 'mean' reputation

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Kirstie Allsopp, 49, hit out at popular Channel 4 programme Gogglebox, branding it “mean”, “not entertainment” and the “worst form” of television. Her comments come while the latest celebrity series is currently airing on TV, the version which sees famous faces review selected shows. And the outspoken presenter, who has fronted shows on the network for over 20 years, had a few opinions of her own.

It’s the worst form of mean, cruel television

Kirstie Allsopp

In a new interview, the Location, Location, Location host blasted the whole premise of the programme, calling it “cruel”.

“One of my least favourite TV shows is Gogglebox,” she said.

“It’s the worst form of mean, cruel television.

“It’s one thing to talk about people in private but to put it in a public space is not entertainment,” she continued to tell My Weekly magazine.

This isn’t the first time Kirstie has condemned the show, after her festive Kirstie’s Crafty Christmas was ridiculed by Gogglebox viewers.

“It’s just people being negative about other people,” she told Radio Times, while describing it as “stomach-churning” to watch.

It’s also not the only time Kirstie has criticised Channel 4, claiming that the channel has become “too woke”.

Taking to social media last week, she discussed the possible privatisation of the broadcaster, penning on Twitter: “Folk say @Channel4 is too woke, and selling it appeals to anti woke voters, but they’ve had me front & centre for the last 20 years, and him indoors.

“Much as I like to use correct & sensitive language and understand the issues of the day I hardly think Pip [co-star Phil Spencer] & I are woke central,” she wrote online, in view of her 422,900 followers.

One fan replied: “But what about all those times you s****ed off Gogglebox? Thought you’d be glad to see back of C4.”

The TV star went on to say that the network was a great place to work and allowed her the freedom to speak her mind.

“I hate what Gogglebox did to my Christmas show, but that’s Channel 4 for you, they employ me yet still allow me to attack one of their shows.

“It is an amazing place to work, all the TV I have ever made is for Channel 4,” she hit back.

The TV star also addressed a suggestion that the network is biased.

“I don’t agree, but if I did I’d so say because I know that Channel 4 doesn’t shut people down.

“I’m allowed a view, I can say what I don’t like on the Channel. They are not a thinned skinned org,” she explained.

The broadcaster launched in 1982 and is commercially self-funded.

In an earlier tweet, Kirstie spoke about the matter in more detail, saying: “@Channel4 does not take a penny off the Government, but it is a public service broadcaster.

“Someone said ‘we don’t need 2 public service broadcasters’ I agree, we need 3, the more TV that is for the public the better.

“Innovative, brave, compassionate broadcasting is what we do,” she tweeted.

Last week it was reported that some programmes could be at risk if the channel is privatised.

Programming director Ian Katz said: “It’s A Sin is a brilliant example because it is a show that was turned down by every broadcaster before we made it.

“It quite simply would not have been made if we hadn’t been there, and I think there are quite a few shows in our schedule of that ilk.”

Elsewhere, Alex Mahon, CEO of Channel 4 said: “We need to make sure that the media landscape is strengthened, not worsened, by any changes to the channel.”

The government is set to launch a consultation on the proposal shortly.

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