It's hard to believe but besties Jenny Newby and Lee Riley have been on our screens as Gogglebox's most hilarious duo for eight years now. The pair joined the show when Jenny was approached by producers at Beverley Races Ladies’ Day and the rest is history.
Fans of the duo were worried when they didn't appear in last week's episode of the show and Jenny didn't make an appearance at last night's BAFTA ceremony. When asked about her absence on the red carpet Lee gave an update on her condition saying she needed a 'mini' operation and "wasn't very well."
Speaking to the Daily Star on the red carpet, Lee said, "She is not very well, she is having an operation, a mini one, but she is recovering well though."
He added, "She was invited but the appointment was in BAFTA week. You can't turn down an NHS operation down can you? But she is doing well."
We're glad to hear she's doing well and we wish her and Lee all the best and hope she makes a speedy recovery and is able to return to the show soon.
While we eagerly await her and Lee's return to the show we thought we'd take a deep dive into the lives of Jenny and Lee and find out everything there is to know about the Gogglebox faves...
Where are Gogglebox's Jenny and Lee from?
Jenny and Lee are from Hull, England. They film their Gogglebox scenes at Lee's caravan, which is located in Patrington Haven caravan park.
How old are Jenny and Lee from Gogglebox?
Jenny is currently 65 years old, while Lee is 52 years old.
Are Gogglebox's Jenny and Lee a couple?
No, Jenny and Lee are not a couple. They're best friends and have been for over 20 years - in fact, Lee describes Jenny as family rather than a friend. Both Jenny and Lee are in long-term relationships. Jenny has a husband, Ray, who usually stays out of the public eye and Lee has been with his partner Steve, who lives in Cyprus, for over 26 years.
How did Gogglebox's Jenny and Lee meet?
Jenny and Lee met when she was the landlady of a pub called The Crown Inn in Paull and he was a regular. They've been inseparable ever since then and regularly go on holiday together. Jenny and Lee also isolated together in his caravan during lockdown so that they could continue to film Gogglebox.
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Are Jenny and Lee leaving Gogglebox?
Rumours Jenny and Lee were leaving Gogglebox were sparked in the most unlikely of places back in December 2021 when Coldplay's Chris Martin revealed the pair were his favourite Gogglebox stars during an appearance on Jo Whiley's show on Radio 2, however the DJ then let slip that they had quit the show.
Taking to Twitter to clarify the speculation, one fan tweeted Jenny and Lee, "Firstly, Chris Martin of @coldplay has just said on @jowhiley on @BBCRadio2 in concert that you guys are his fave on #Gogglebox. However, Jo then said you guys were leaving?? What the??!"
But Jenny and Lee quickly set the record straight as they replied, "Well Jo is totally wrong 🤣😂🤣😂."
PHEW, thank goodness for that.
Jo then responded, ""I am SOOOO Sorry!!! I completely thought I’d read you were leaving, I’m sure I did! Maybe I dreamt it. 😬. I’m really happy to hear that though. Love you two, just like Chris."
What did Gogglebox's Jenny and Lee look like when they were younger?
Jenny and Lee are major fans of a throwback snap and often share pictures from their two-decade long friendship on social media. Most famously, in May 2020, they posted a 16-year-old photo as they enjoyed a cruise back in 2004.
Jenny can be seen holding a bunch of flowers in the lovely photo, whilst Lee wears a suit and grins to the camera, leading the pair to joke it was a wedding photo. Lee wrote in the caption, "Old photo 16 years ago of me and Jenny on a cruise taking the p--s and no before you ask we didn’t get married 😂😂😂😂😂😂."
Fans were quick to comment on the cute throwback photo, one user wrote, "You two should have a show of your own! Bloody hilarious 🤣🤣🤣🤣," with another jokingly saying, "And yet you act like you've been married for years 😆😆."
A third commented, "😂 Love watching you both on Gogglebox by far the favourites especially in our house x."