Matt Hancock Watches Gogglebox Even When He’s Getting Slated

Like many of us, Matt Hancock likes to settle down in front of Gogglebox on a Friday evening, but has admitted it can prove to be stressful viewing.

The health secretary revealed he’s a viewer of the popular Channel 4 show during an interview on Monday’s This Morning, but said it was a hard watch because he’s often slated.

He told hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield: “It is funny when you’re sitting down on a Friday night and Gogglebox comes on and you’re all relaxed.

“Suddenly you’re on the screen and then worse still the reactions to you.”

The Gogglebox cast have been critical of the MP on several occasions during the pandemic.

Recently, Gogglebox regular Pete Sandiford compared the MP and prime minister Boris Johnson to a dog and his owner.

After watching footage of Matt speaking during one of the daily Covid briefings, Pete said: ”I bet Matt Hancock is going into Boris’s office and Boris is going ‘Good boy. Good boy!’”

In another episode, Mary described the look on the MP’s face as “like he’s staring out of the window of a high-rise block”.

After Matt’s comments about the show, one Gogglebox fan now wants it to all get a bit meta on this week’s episode…

Others were just a little bit surprised that he even tunes in…

During his interview on This Morning, the health secretary also discussed his small red room lined with frames and books where he is often interviewed, describing it as his “soothing boudoir”.

He was also asked about new Sky Atlantic drama This Sceptred Isle, about Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds, which will see him played by Broadchurch star Andrew Buchan. 

He said: “I had a look and I was quite flattered. Somebody has given me an upgrade. I’m very lucky.”

This Morning airs weekdays from 10am on ITV.

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