Husband of ex-Gogglebox star says he was ‘forced off show’ and felt suicidal
The husband of ex-Gogglebox star Chris Ashby-Steed, Tony, has claimed the show's bosses 'did nothing' as his husband was 'bullied off the show' and felt suicidal.
Tony took to Twitter to voice his anger following Paige Deville's recent sudden departure from the show.
Paige was also scathing about the bosses of the Channel 4 programme, claiming that there was "zero aftercare" for the stars.
Tony and Chris got married in 2017, a year before Chris left the show. Tony has also been critical of Chris' former co-star Stephen Webb, who he accused of being a 'bully'.
Tony tweeted: "Our hearts go out to you @Paige_deville. The studio stood by and watched Stephen bully my husband Chris off the show and did nothing to stop him.
"They helped him get his mum on the show behind Chris’s back without even telling him….
"@Paige_deville, they don’t seem to give a damn about the people below the superficial, it’s all about ratings and awards, not people.
"Even when it came out that being forced off the show made Chris suicidal, they didn’t contact him once!"
Tony was quick to reassure concerned fans that Chris was better, although he said that they both were severely affected by the experience.
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He added: "He’s a lot better now thanks, but he’s not fragile.
"He has a tough constitution – years of bullying as a kid made him toughen up. But everyone has their limits. He was robbed of so much by Stephen and treated so badly by the studio that it tipped him over, sadly :-(."
Stephen and Chris were in a relationship when they started out on Gogglebox in 2013. They continued as a pair on the show as friends after they broke up, but in 2018 Stephen's mum replaced Chris as his partner.
Stephen went on to star alongside his now-husband Daniel Lustig.
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In 2019, Chris claimed that he and Stephen were set to leave Gogglebox together having been approached about another show by a production company, but that Stephen emailed them to cancel the venture without telling him.
He also claimed that his ex often shot him down with snide remarks.
According to Chris, Gogglebox bosses had agreed to let the pair continue on the show, with new partners, and on different weeks.
Stephen continued with his mum, but Chris said he was told that his new partner "wasn't going to work".
After Chris spoke out, a spokesperson for Gogglebox said: "The duty of care of the Gogglebox contributors is of paramount importance."
Chris announced his exit from the show in February 2018.
The Daily Star have approached Channel 4 and Stephen Webb's representatives for comment.
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