Gogglebox fans gobsmacked as Jenny Newby’s husband Ray makes surprise appearance

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Gogglebox viewers were left in shock on Friday evening as fan favourite Jenny Newby’s husband made a surprise appearance.

Jenny was settling in for a night of telly with Lee when she appeared on the phone with husband Ray.

"Ray, can you do me a favour and pick up my prescription tomorrow?" Jenny asked hubby Ray on the call.

And though Ray did answer, he didn’t appear to be able to hear Jenny.

"Hold on a minute!" she begged.

But a few seconds later she said: "Oh, it’s gone off!" And she and Lee shared a giggle.

Her hubby Ray tends to keep out of the limelight, and wasn’t keen on taking part in the show.

So Jenny asked Lee if he would audition for Gogglebox with her instead.

Fans took to Twitter to share their shock – and delight.

"Jenny needs some phone lessons," one laughed.

Someone else wrote: "Jenny with her phone!" with a row of cry-laughing emojis.

Jenny isn't the only one of the pair with a long-term partner – Lee's partner Steve has made a guest appearance on the show before.

Lee has been with his partner Steve Mail for 26 years, though his elusive boyfriend lives in Cyprus.

The pair were separated for six months during the first coronavirus lockdown, but luckily reunited in August when Lee flew out to spend some time in the sun with his partner.

Best mates Jenny and Lee first met more than 20 years ago, when Lee became a regular in Jenny’s local pub, The Crown Inn.

When she asked him to audition for the show with her, Lee said: "I’d never seen Gogglebox, it had only just started, so I walked into filming swearing my head off because she’d got me out of bed on my day off."

The pair moved in together during lockdown so they could film the new series of Gogglebox.

They posted a picture to their joint Instagram account at the time captioned: "WEEK 8 in isolation… when you start blending into each other and can't be bothered what you look like."

And a short clip posted to the account showed Jenny arriving at Lee's caravan armed with two suitcases.

Jenny has been notorious this series for her Line of Duty notebook, dedicated to keeping track of the intricate plot of the popular crime show.

Fans wrote on Twitter: "I live for Jenny and Lee watching Line of Duty. The notebook absolutely kills me."

Another added: "Jenny still writing away in her Line of Duty notebook!"

"Jenny and her black book the highlight of my week," a third penned.

Channel 4 was slammed by critics on Friday after refusing to clear its schedule in the wake of Prince Philip's death.

BBC and ITV both cleared their schedules in the wake of the tragic event, with soaps including Coronation Street, Emmerdale and EastEnders slashed from Friday's schedule.

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