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Gogglebox star back on benefits after quitting Channel 4 show and regrets sofa exit

Gogglebox legend Sandra Martin says she's reliant on state benefits four years on from exiting the hit Channel 4 show.

The Brixton native, 61, and pal Sanid Bogle, 58, won the hearts of the nation when they first appeared together on Gogglebox in 2013, but the duo came to an end three years later when Sandi quit the couch.

Sandra recalls how she had a panic attack when Sandi walked out on the show to pursue over ventures, like Celebrity Big Brother, but she managed to find a replacement to catch up on the telly with her on Gogglebox, daughter Chanchez Martin.

The star says she's now back on benefits after quitting the show two years on from Sandi, and deeply regrets calling time on her Gogglebox journey.

Sandra explains: "I didn't want to talk about sex in front of my daughter on the TV, and I was also getting a lot of backlash like, ‘Where’s Sandi?’

The Gogglebox legend has some regrets about leaving the Channel 4 show (Channel 4)

"I could’ve stayed, they offered me real money, but s*** happens."

Sandra adds how that while she may regret quitting the show, she is grateful for the platform she has which she uses to raise money for charity and help the homeless.

Speaking in her chat with The Sun, Sandra also confirms she is still very close to her original sofa partner Sandi and even goes to see her pal in panto - adding how no matter what the pair go through, they always have time for each other.

"We're besties. We've been through, ups, downs, thick and thin, the worst, the wears, the tears, the bumps, the laughs," she says.

"That's friendship. You can't beat that, no matter what."

Sandi and Sandra will always be close pals (Publicity Picture)

Sandra initially addressed her Gogglebox departure at the time, telling This Morning viewers: "It's four and a half years now, and I'm just moving on, keeping up with the times."

In 2021, Sandra confessed the "money was good" and it was "easy" work appearing on Gogglebox.

"Channel 4 paid my rent, council tax, water, electric, tax, TV license, all my bills, and I still had £400-a-week for food and stuff like getting my nails done," she told Fabulous magazine.

"It wasn’t millions of pounds but I did good. I never knew my fixed wage, even now I haven't got the contract. You get odd jobs too, sofa adverts, I got paid £10,000 for one of those."

Ahead of Gogglebox's 10 anniversary later this year, many suspect original stars like Sandra and Sandi may make a one-off appearance on the show once again.

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