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29/04/2019 09:08 BST | Updated 29/04/2019 09:15 BST

Gogglebox's June Bernicoff Admits She Finds It Too Hard To Watch TV Since Husband Leon's Death

"I just feel restless whenever I sit down to watch it."

Former Gogglebox star June Bernicoff has admitted she finds it too difficult to watch TV since the death of her husband and former co-star, Leon.

June and Leon were among viewers’ favourites throughout their time on Gogglebox, which saw them passing commentary on the week’s TV in their own unique style.

In late 2017, it was announced that Leon had died at the age of 83, with June deciding to leave the show shortly afterwards, and she’s now revealed she’s given up watching TV completely.

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June and Leon during their time on Gogglebox

“I don’t watch much TV these days, if I’m honest,” she told The Mirror. “I find it difficult.

“I’ve been reading a lot more, or listening to the radio, but I just feel restless whenever I sit down to watch it. I find myself getting up to make a lot of cups of tea and I can’t settle.”

However, she insisted she doesn’t find it too hard living in the house they once shared, as it’s filled with so many happy memories that she feels like he’s still there.

She continued: “People talk about how difficult it is coming into an empty house.

“But it’s funny, I never really feel the house is empty somehow. Leon was such a large figure… I can hear him saying things like, ‘Why have you got this nonsense on?’ when I’m listening to Classic FM.”

June added: “It’s strange going out on my own, though, and things like driving the car are hard, because he always wanted to be behind the wheel.”

When Gogglebox returned shortly after Leon’s death, Channel 4 aired a special tribute to him at the end of the episode, while the show’s cast later dedicated their NTAs win to his memory.

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