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GOGGLEBOX originals The Siddiquis have spoken out and admitted what would be the only reason they would quit the Channel 4 show.
The long-running programme is set to celebrate its 10th anniversary and the Siddiqui family have been at the heart of the show ever since the beginning.
Despite cast members coming and going over the years, including stars seeking bigger TV opportunities such as Scarlett Moffatt or those axed after just one series like Chantelle Walker, Derby based the Siddiquis have remained a mainstay and have admitted that they have no plans to change that just yet.
Father of the group, Sid, and his three sons, Raza, Umar and Baasit have spent ten years watching the top telly programmes alongside the rest of the nation and have no opened up on why it is so important for them to remain committed to the show.
In a new chat with the RadioTimes, Raza reveals that the family hope to be compared to the Coronation Street character, Ken Barlow, whom has appeared in the ITV soap opera since the beginning in 1960.
Raza said: “We want to get to the Ken Barlow/Rita Sullivan [of Coronation Street] level, where we’re ubiquitous with that show."
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He went onto say he would only think about quitting if a member of the public paid him such a compliment to compare him to a TV legend.
The TV star added: “I think I’d stop being on the show when someone said, ‘Oh, you’re the Siddiquis, you’re like the Ken Barlow of Gogglebox. If we get that as a compliment, then I’m handing in my notice.”
He also opened up about why he and his family are fine with not seeking other TV and commercial work elsewhere.
Participants of the Channel 4 show are strictly forbidden from undertaking media work elsewhere and are forced to quit the show if they wish to raise their profile and seek other work as demonstrated by Lisa Baggs and Scarlett Moffatt.
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He admitted he views the show as spending time with his family and not as a springboard into the world of TV celebrities.
Raza said: “I’ve not considered doing anything else off the back of it.
"The way I see it is I’m going to go and meet Dad and Umar and Baasit, we’re going to watch TV. And we’re going to take the mick out of each other and enjoy ourselves.”
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