A C4 spokesperson told Radiotimes.com that the compilation special will air “as normal”, but that the start of the episode will feature a tribute message to the late Liverpudlian. This won’t be a montage of Leon’s time in his TV chair, but viewers will see several of his best Gogglebox moments of 2017 throughout the show.
The two-hour special is set to feature highlights from the show’s 10th series, featuring Goggleboxers Giles and Mary, the Siddiquis and the Tapper family.
Leon, a retired teacher, died in hospital yesterday after a short illness. Along with his wife June, he first appeared on screen in 2013 and soon became a fan favourite for his down-to-earth humour, outspoken comments and mischievous antics.
His Gogglebox co-stars – including former cast members Scarlett Moffat, Sandra Martin and Sandi Bogle – joined celebrities such as Sue Perkins in posting condolences on Twitter.
A message from Leon and June’s Twitter account thanked all for the “wonderful messages”.
Thankyou Folks for all your wonderful messages. Leon would have loved reading them & hearing how much he was loved. Goodnight & God Bless!