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Gogglebox’s Sid Siddiqui apologises as coronavirus forces him off show


Gogglebox’s Sid Siddiqui apologises to fans (Picture: Channel4)

Gogglebox’s Sid Siddiqui has apologised to viewers after the coronavirus lockdown forced him off the show.

The 73-year-old normally appears alongside his two sons Baasit, 34, and Umar, 41.

However, as his age lands him in the high-risk category, the star has been self-isolating amid the pandemic, leaving his family to keep the show going from their house in Derby.

Taking to Twitter, the fan favourite explained his absense to his 76,000 followers.

‘A big hi to all my friends,’ Sid started his message before adding: ‘I don’t feel you’re fans but my best and close friends.

‘I am sorry for my absence from #Gogglebox, your kind and beautiful messages always overwhelm me with touch of sadness.’

Coronavirus lockdown has forced him off the show (Picture: Twitter / @GoggleboxSid)

He closed off the tweet with: ‘These difficult times will pass. Please #bestrong #besafe.’

And Baasit also issued a similar response after being inundated with support over the weekend.

‘A massive massive thank you to all of you for all the #Gogglebox love,’ he wrote.

‘I won’t lie, I’m missing [Sid] like crazy but the rest of the cast and the incredible hard-working crew make me so proud to be on your telly during some pretty testing times! #thankyou.’

As it stands, more than 16,000 people have died from coronavirus with over 120,000 cases recorded in the UK.

The Tapper family have been struck down with Covid-19 (Picture: Channel 4)

Sid’s message comes shortly after Amy Tapper reassured fans her family was doing well following reports her dad Jonathan was fighting for his life in a battle against Covid-19.

Jonathan, who also has diabetes, was rushed to hospital where the 52-year-old’s family, who were also infected by the virus, feared as his symptoms worsened. 

However, his daughter has now provided an update where she told fans that the ‘fam is well and healthy.’

Speaking about how Jonathan’s illness began his wife, Nikki, told the Daily Star: ‘One night Jonathan came home from work and was unable to move.

‘He had a cough and high temperature. He laid down on the sofa and – with no exaggeration – he stayed there for two weeks in our lounge room.’

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Jonathan was ‘still too sick’ to speak about his ordeal himself, and is said to be afraid of relapsing as he continues to battle the virus. 

He is currently resting at home in order to get back to full health.

Gogglebox returns on Friday at 9pm on Channel 4.

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