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The producer of Gogglebox Australia discusses protecting the older cast members during a coronavirus pandemic

‘I miss them all’: Gogglebox Australia producer reveals grief over loss of older cast members during coronavirus pandemic

Gogglebox producers take extra precautions to protect the older members of their cast during the coronavirus pandemic.

Executive producer of the award-winning show, David McDonald, said TV tonight they strictly follow the social distance and locking guidelines, which means some cast members are forced to leave the show temporarily.

Among those missing from action are Sydney-based art dealers Mick and Di Kershaw, who have been on the program since the first season.

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“It’s for everyone’s safety”: David McDonald, producer of Gogglebox Australia, said they protect the older cast members, including Mick and Di Kershaw (pictured) during the coronavirus pandemic by following government guidelines

The elderly couple, 77 and 74 respectively, made the difficult decision to leave in a video on Gogglebox’s Instagram earlier this month.

The duo said they were “considered old people” and most at risk from the deadly virus.

About their self-isolation so far, Mick said: Hopefully all of this will be over at the beginning of the next season and you’ll see us back on Gogglebox. ‘

Di added, “This is a very, very crazy world we live in and I actually suggested that we should have a new TV show called ‘Survivor: In The Home’.”

Staying Home: Among some of the cast that are missing from the action are Sydney-based art dealers Mick and Di Kershaw (pictured), who have been on the show since season one. The elderly couple, 77 and 74 respectively, made the tough decision to leave the show earlier this month

Staying Home: Among some of the cast that are missing from the action are Sydney-based art dealers Mick and Di Kershaw (pictured), who have been on the show since season one. The elderly couple, 77 and 74 respectively, made the tough decision to leave the show earlier this month

Staying Home: Among some of the cast that are missing from the action are Sydney-based art dealers Mick and Di Kershaw (pictured), who have been on the show since season one. The elderly couple, 77 and 74 respectively, made the tough decision to leave the show earlier this month

“We just have to be careful. We must follow the guidelines set by the government. And I definitely want to protect them and take care of them, ”said Gogglebox producer David.

“Too bad, because I miss them all. It is only for everyone’s safety, crew and cast. ‘

Fans of the show may also have noticed that another senior cast member, Emily ‘Emmie’ Silbery, has not been on the program lately.

She has had to isolate herself from her daughter Kerry and granddaughter Isabelle, with whom she usually watches TV.

Staying apart: fans of the show may also have noticed that another senior cast member, Emily 'Emmie' Silbery, wasn't on the show lately

Staying apart: fans of the show may also have noticed that another senior cast member, Emily 'Emmie' Silbery, wasn't on the show lately

Staying apart: fans of the show may also have noticed that another senior cast member, Emily ‘Emmie’ Silbery, wasn’t on the show lately

Missing Emmie: Emmie has had to isolate herself from her daughter Kerry and granddaughter Isabelle, with whom she usually watches TV with

Missing Emmie: Emmie has had to isolate herself from her daughter Kerry and granddaughter Isabelle, with whom she usually watches TV with

Missing Emmie: Emmie has had to isolate herself from her daughter Kerry and granddaughter Isabelle, with whom she usually watches TV with

Meanwhile, Jad Nehmetallah has had to watch TV with his friends Sarah Marie and Matty via laptop, as he could pose a potential risk to their new baby Malik.

Jad, owner of three cafes, is one of the many entrepreneurs affected by the closure.

He closed his branches during the pandemic, while Sarah Marie, who is a makeup artist, had to cancel all appointments.

Keep away for now: Meanwhile, Jad Nehmetallah has had to watch TV with his friends Sarah Marie and Matty via laptop, as he could pose a potential risk to baby Malik

Keeping away for now: Meanwhile, Jad Nehmetallah has had to watch TV with his friends Sarah Marie and Matty via laptop because he could pose a potential risk to baby Malik

Keeping away for now: Meanwhile, Jad Nehmetallah has had to watch TV with his friends Sarah Marie and Matty via laptop because he could pose a potential risk to baby Malik

Executive producer David told TV this evening that the show has been able to resonate and comfort viewers as it reflects what the country is experiencing.

“I couldn’t quite put my finger on it. It’s the notoriety and probably just watching people on TV going through exactly the same thing, ”he said.

Gogglebox Australia continues on Channel 10 on Thursday at 9:45 PM

Go through the same thing: Executive producer David told the TV tonight that the show has been able to resonate and comfort viewers as it reflects what the country is experiencing (Delpechitra family suggested)

Go through the same thing: Executive producer David told the TV tonight that the show has been able to resonate and comfort viewers as it reflects what the country is experiencing (Delpechitra family suggested)

Go through the same thing: Executive producer David told the TV tonight that the show has been able to resonate and comfort viewers as it reflects what the country is experiencing (Delpechitra family suggested)

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