Kirstie Allsopp has hit out at Gogglebox, calling it “mean and cruel”.
The Location, Location, Location presenter shares a TV home with the show as they both star on Channel 4, but said she had no fondness for her stablemate which she labelled as “the worst” and “not entertainment”.
Speaking to magazine My Weekly about her telly preferences, property guru Kirstie, 49, said there was no love lost between herself and hit show Gogglebox.
She admitted: “One of my least favourite TV shows is Gogglebox.
“It’s the worst form of mean, cruel television. It’s one thing to talk about people in private but to put it in a public space is not entertainment.”
The show, which has run for 17 series and spawned a number of celebrity spin-offs, sees families and friends settling down in front of the week’s most talked about TV and giving their views on it.
Gogglebox has made stars of many of its contributors, including Scarlett Moffatt who recently spoke about the effect on her mental health of being targeted by cruel online comments since becoming famous.
Earlier this week it was sadly announced that long-serving contributor Pete McGarry had died after a short illness.
One of Kirstie’s shows was a talking point on Gogglebox at one point.
Back in 2013, Kirstie lashed out at her treatment by Gogglebox as the viewers discussed her festive show Kirstie’s Crafty Christmas, where she showed how to make decorations and Christmas treats at home.
The reviews by the Gogglebox stars were less than glowing and Kirstie tweeted her annoyance that another Channel 4 show was able to criticise her so freely when Crafty Christmas aired on the same channel, calling it “stomach churning”.
At the time, she tweeted: “Why do people complain about the BBC’s ability to cannibalise itself? C4 win every time Gogglebox on #CraftyChristmas was stomach churning.”
She added: “You expect to be criticised by the opposition/press but being laid into by a show on the Channel you’ve worked with for 14yrs is pretty rich.”