Gogglebox’s Tom Malone Jr teases return to Channel 4 show with strict condition
Tom Malone Jr has revealed he would return to Channel 4’s Gogglebox just one year after walking away – under a strict condition.
The star who frequently appeared alongside his mum Julie, dad Tom, daughter Vanessa and son, Shaun and their dogs announced he would be leaving the sofa just under one year ago.
Due to his strict Channel 4 contract, Tom was prohibited from promoting his dance career across his social media channels, with many believing he was a "couch potato".
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However, Tom’s career had secretly blown up while he was on the show, which many people were not aware of.
During his six-year stint on the family sofa, the Manchester-born star found himself sharing the stage with the likes of Fergie and Rita Ora.
Speaking exclusively to the Daily Star about a potential return, he said: "I can't see it, I wouldn't come back if it meant that I couldn't do other stuff.
"Because I'm really enjoying all the other stuff that I'm doing, so I wouldn't want to.
"I did it for six and a half years – that was a long time and it was the right time for me to go and try new things.
"So if I could go back and still do those new things, then I'd be open to it but I don't think it's very likely."
Speaking about life after his exit, Tom explained: "It's been a lot of fun, I've been allowed to try new things.
"Obviously, I did a few other TV shows and stuff that was a lot of fun.
"It feels nice to like to not have to film two days a week every week.
"It was a lot of fun but I think just being able to do more and not being restricted to that contract has been has been huge."
During the height of Summer 2020, Tom and his girlfriend Bryony found their social media pages flooded with racial hatred, which he explained was "a lot" to process.
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Speaking about the vile messages, Tom continued: " I've never been blind to racial justice because I'm in a very multicultural environment but it was the first time they aimed at me and my girlfriend, it was it was a bit eye opening to how deep some of these things are.
"I think it was harder for Bryony because she didn't choose to like be in the limelight, she’s just in a relationship with me.
"Through no fault of her own she’s now getting a bunch of abuse because people know me being in the public eye want to judge my political views and the fact I believe in equality, its a weird position to be in."
Gogglebox airs Fridays on Channel 4 at 9pm
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