18/12/2014 02:51 GMT | Updated 18/12/2014 02:59 GMT

‘Gogglebox' Family Axed After Dad Reveals He's Running As Ukip General Election Candidate

Gogglebox’ family the Michael’s from Brighton have been axed from the Channel 4 show after it was revealed that dad Andrew is running as a Ukip General Election candidate.

The popular family were nowhere to be seen during last week’s episode after it was discovered that the retired hotelier had been picked to contest East Sussex seat, Hastings and Rye.

'Gogglebox' family, the Michaels

Despite being regulars on the show since it began, 55-year-old Andrew, his wife Carolyne and their two children, Louis and Alex, will no longer appear.

A Channel 4 spokesperson told The Sun: “Sadly any cast member becoming a party candidate will have to step down from involvement in Gogglebox.

“The Michaels have been excellent contributors and we are very grateful.”

The family, who have often discussed Ukip on the show, took to Twitter to tweet their frustration at being edited out of last week’s episode.

It’s not the first time a family has been axed from the show. The Gilby family were dropped after son George appeared on the last series of ‘Celebrity Big Brother’.

However, Dom Parker, one half of popular posh couple Steph and Dom, will still be appearing despite signing up for the next series of 'The Jump'.

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