Shaun Ryder slams Gogglebox stars in aftercare row after cast members quit

Shaun Ryder has hit out at the Gogglebox stars embroiled in an aftercare row in an expletive-filled rant after appearing on the celebrity version of the show.

Happy Mondays legend Shaun, 59, appeared on Celebrity Gogglebox last year with his bandmate Mark 'Bez' Berry and kept the public entertained with their hilarious banter and anecdotes.

And now, speaking exclusively to Daily Star Online, Shaun has slammed those who criticise the show for its lack of aftercare.

He said: "I recently heard that one of the normal Gogglebox people was complaining because she didn’t get any aftercare or looking after.

"I'm like, for f***ing what? Watching the telly or having a couple of people off the street going, 'You're off Gogglebox'?

"And you want therapy? Are you off your f***ing t*ts?"

It comes after Gogglebox regular Paige Deville quit the show for good after accusing bosses of providing "zero aftercare".

In a Twitter statement, Paige wrote: "I have made the decision to walk away from Gogglebox.

"It's been an experience but one I cannot continue with due to long hours of filming, restrictiveness, control of our actions and opinions and zero aftercare support. But hey, who cares about ex-cast, their NTA winners [sic]."

Paige appeared on the show with her mum Sally, who she claimed wasn't allowed to move her arm for four hours during filming.

The star told Birmingham Live: "Filming is tough. You would stop to go to the toilet but other than that you wouldn't have a break. You would eat while filming.

"At one point my mum had her arm around me for four hours and they didn't want her to move her arm. It isn't as glamorous as you might think. It is very hard work."

She added that she was exposed to trolling on social media, and had to make clear that her purchase of a new car wasn't endorsed by Gogglebox.

Channel 4 said at the time: "The welfare of contributors – past and present – is of paramount importance and robust protocols are in place to support contributors before, during and after taking part in the series."

Other cast members including Linda McGarry, Marina Wingrove and Carolyne Michael also won't be returning to the show after the deaths of their Gogglebox partners.

Linda's husband Pete died aged 71 in June this year, while Carolyne's husband Andrew died in August aged 61. His children also won't return to the show.

And after the death of her best pal and neighbour Mary Cook, Marina also won't return to our TV screens.

Shaun let fans in on some behind-the-scenes secrets of Gogglebox filming himself, as he explained: "For the five or six minutes you see of us on the show, we film for about seven or eight hours.

"We watch clips, just a few minutes of each show because it would literally take you about 73 hours to watch the whole shows."

He continued: "We know we have to be funny [on it] and that's obviously why you can end up filming for hours sometimes. The people want something funny.

"But we're just ourselves, that's pretty much just me and Bez being Laurel and Hardy like we are in real life."

In his new autobiography How To Be A Rockstar, Shaun details his own experience of reality TV, including his time in the I'm a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! jungle back in 2010.

Elaborating on his Aussie stint to Daily Star, he said: "I didn't have any worst moments in the jungle, I totally enjoyed it big time. I thought it was great.

"It was easier in the jungle than in real life! I didn't really find anything difficult."

But one thing did surprise Shaun about his time down under.

"It surprised me that I got on with people. I really wasn’t looking forward to being anywhere near a load of luvvies, but they were really nice people.

"Even Gillian [McKeith], it was just television. I admired her. Any woman who can make a living out of looking at people’s s**t and get a TV show out of it is all right by me!

"I thought she was great," he concluded.

He said of his experience with reality TV: "You don’t notice the cameras [in the jungle] at all.

"That’s the thing about it – you don’t notice them. They’re all hidden in polystyrene rocks and on wires or in trees, so you just don’t see the camera.

"You could occasionally hear the cameramen in the polystyrene or plastic rocks laughing at what was going on with the cast, but you weren't aware of them at all [usually]."

Shaun reflects back on his career with bands like the Happy Mondays and Black Grape in his new book – but life as a rock star isn't all it's cracked up to be.

He explained: "What it is with me is, you get artists who go, 'Oh I'm only real when I go up on stage!'

"Well when I walked up on stage as a kid, I died. In real life I was a show off, I was a git – but as soon as I walked on stage I felt naked and cringed, and I hated it."

Shaun elaborated: "I loved playing in the band when it was just us in a room making songs and writing stuff and coming up with music, but then when I had to do what you do it all for – to get the music out there for people to listen to – well I had difficulty with that.

"Even though I was a show-off kid, I just found it difficult going on stage and being looked at – which is pretty f***ing stupid, really, for a lead singer.

"But there’s a lot I understand now that I didn’t know then about ADHD and how that works."

Shaun's autobiography How to Be a Rockstar is available to purchase now.

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