Gogglebox star claims she was ‘sacked’ after ‘angering’ bosses with Naked Attraction complaint

Gogglebox star Dame Shelia Hancock claimed that she was "sacked" from the show after "angering" bosses when she complained about the amount of nudity she was being made to watch on shows like Naked Attraction.

The 90 year old appeared next to her TV pal Gyles Brandreth on the much-loved celebrity version of the Channel 4 series.

She's the second star to leave the show after apparent nude scenes on the screen.

The first, Coronation Street actress Maureen Lipman, walked away in December 2021 after saying "life is too short to watch a series of hopeless men dangle their bits and pieces in my direction."

The actress, who also has an impressive career spanning 50 years, told Loose Women panellists that she also wasn't a fan of the way editors used her reactions.

She told Janice Street-Porter at the time: "I've seen all the male tackle that I need to see for this lifetime, to be honest, I really have."

Dame Shelia Hancock has now revealed why she's no longer appearing on the show – and it's for a similar reason.

The actress, who recently appeared on ITV's Unforgotten, broke her silence on her exit and told The Mirror: "I used to love doing it with Gyles, but they sacked me from that. Well, they did not ask me back.

"I think it was because there was a lot of shows with penises in, and because it went down [well] with the audience, they kept showing them to us.

"Eventually I phoned up the lady on the edit and said, 'I am enjoying the show but do you think we can have anything other than penises? And she was quite angry!"

She also told the Radio Times: "I went in imagining that they wanted me for my wit and brain. Of course, they just want to show you willies and for you to be shocked."

She also suggested that Gyles, who is a former MP turned TV personality, would be back on the show without her and sitting with another lifelong pal of his.

OK! has contacted Channel 4 for comment.


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