Gogglebox cast and show come under fire from Danniella Westbrook after remark about nose

Gogglebox cast and show come under fire from Danniella Westbrook after remark about nose


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Danniella Westbrook, 46, played Sam Mitchell in EastEnders during the early 90s and then appeared in Celebrity Big Brother in 2016 alongside Gemma Collins. The former soap star has been left angry over jokes some of the Gogglebox cast made at her expense during last week’s episode.

Not something we take lightly

Danniella Westbrook

The former EastEnders star has slammed the programme over derogatory comments about her nose and is seeking legal advice.

In last Friday’s episode, the Siddiqui family quipped about the star’s nose, which collapsed at the height of her addiction to cocaine during the 1990s.

Baasit Siddiqui asked his brother and father: “Would you rather have just one giant nostril or would you like to have just one giant eye?”

The Channel 4 star joked that having one eye would make him look like a cyclops, but having one nostril would make him look like Danniella.

After seeing the episode, she launched an attack on the programme for airing the jibe.

In a furious rant on Twitter, the former actress wrote: “Thank you everyone for the support you gave me about the derogatory comments Channel 4 allowed the Siddiqui family to make.”

She revealed she’s getting advice from a lawyer over the comments as she continued: “My manager is seeking legal advice as is is not something we should take lightly.

“And I for one am in shock that [Gogglebox creator] Tania Alexander allowed that to make the edit.

“The show has always been a favourite of myself and my family, was a real shame that we had to witness such cruel comments on World Kindness Day.”

Danniella first took cocaine when she was just eight years old, and said she was hooked on the drug by age 14.

The EastEnders star recently told how she took her young son Kai, now 23, to Epping Forest in a bid to end both their lives.

As her drug addiction spiralled out of control, Danniella gave Kai shop bought medicines before taking them herself.

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She went on to have a daughter, who is now 18, and she shared on The Anything Goes podcast: “Almost like a heroin addict gouges out I used to be so bad with drugs. I was three months pregnant with Jody. I was frickin’ ill and all my organs were giving up.

“They said to me I had about six weeks to live and I didn’t give a s***. I did not give a s***.

“About four months before that I’d actually gone to a chemist and bought a whole load of medicine and all different stuff for Kai and stuff for me, and I’d taken us both into Epping Forest, lay down with my kid, and dosed him up and dosed myself up and we both still woke up.”

The star has been clean since last February, but back when she was pregnant with Kai, her addiction was so bad, that she would take 5g of cocaine a day.

In the end, her nose collapsed from prolonged drug usage.

In 2018 she revealed that doctors planned to use one of her ribs to replace her collapsed cheekbone.

The actress cited osteoporosis as the cause of the cheekbone collapse.

The star told Good Morning Britain that the health issue had “nothing to do with cocaine”. 

Channel 4 have been approached for comment.

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