Former Gogglebox star Chris Ashby-Steed’s partner has claimed his husband was betrayed by show bosses, who ‘went behind his back’.
Tony took to social media and alleged that his spouse had been ‘mistreated’ by co-star Stephen Webb during his time on the programme.
Ashby-Steed’s partner, who he married in 2017, made the claims after reading about Paige DeVille, who also claimed her time on the show wasn’t perfect.
On Twitter, Tony penned: “Our hearts go out to you @Paige_deville. The studio stood by and watched Stephen bully my husband Chris off the show and did nothing to stop him. They helped him get his mum on the show behind Chris’s back without even telling him….
“@Paige_deville, they don’t seem to give a damn about the people below the superficial, it’s all about ratings and awards, not people.
“Even when it came out that being forced off the show made Chris suicidal, they didn’t contact him once!”
He then went on to claim that he and Ashby-Steed had been left ‘haunted’ by the experience on the show. However, he confirmed his husband is feeling ‘better now’.
Chatting to his followers, Tony added: “He has a tough constitution – years of bullying as a kid made him toughen up. But everyone has their limits. He was robbed of so much by Stephen and treated so badly by the studio that it tipped him over, sadly.”
Ashby-Steed was replaced by Webb’s mum in 2018 and a year after his exit, the hairdresser claimed that during his time on the show, he’d be put down with ‘snide remarks’ by his co-star.
Recalling the difficult time, he told the Mirror in 2019: “I’ve felt like a failure, I’ve been depressed, I struggle in social situations, I’m agoraphobic.
“I’m worried about people coming up to me and asking why I left the show.
“I felt I couldn’t tell the truth. I avoid going out now. I’ve been seeing a counsellor every week.”
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