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Scarlett Moffatt Admits She Misses Gogglebox As She Launches New Dating Show

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Scarlett Moffatt Admits She Misses Gogglebox As She Launches New Dating Show

She's been Queen of the Jungle, our favourite Saturday Night Takeaway and a Bake Off whiz, but Scarlett Moffatt will always be best loved for her Gogglebox reign.

The 30-year-old was a household favourite ever since she appeared on the Channel 4 review show in 2014 thanks to her forthright manner and hilarious one-liners, and while Scarlett has gone on to present and star in a number of her own programmes ever since she struck out on her own four years ago, she still has a soft spot for her telly-review roots.

Scarlett Moffatt was a favourite on Gogglebox (Credit: Channel 4)
Scarlett Moffatt was a favourite on Gogglebox (Credit: Channel 4)

"Gogglebox was such a big part of my life," she tells Tyla. "I do miss it. Even though I've done loads of other shows since, Gogglebox is always the first thing people ask me about.

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"But I do miss it, and I love the Celebrity Gogglebox. It's really good fun."

However, Scarlett's nostalgic feelings for Gogglebox doesn't mean she's yearning for a return, and wouldn't consider heading on the celebrity version of the show.

"I'd want to do the Gogglebox I was originally on, if I could," she says. "I'd feel like if I did Celebrity Gogglebox, it would be weird, like the world was falling in on itself. I feel that's too much to handle."

And while we knew Scarlett for being outspoken when she first rose to fame, she has since cut back on being so critical on TV stars now she is one.

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"I never said anything nasty about anyone," she says. "I think the worst thing I ever said was that Greg Wallace was eating five pounds worth of his trousers on Strictly, because they were very tight on his bod.

"But I'd like to think I haven't changed that much and I'm still quite unfiltered. I think if I started being all prim and proper all of a sudden, everyone would be like, why are you talking like that?

"The only difference is, I've realised how difficult TV is. I think, as an outsider looking in, when people make mistakes on TV it's quite easy to be judgmental. But when you're in that environment, it is really difficult. You wouldn't think it is but it is actually really hard work."

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Scarlett's latest project for now is Love Bites, a dating show with a difference. The ITV2 programme sees one person challenge three hopefuls to cook them a three course dinner, with the best chef winning a date.

Love Bites challenges contestants to cook for a date (Credit: ITV)
Love Bites challenges contestants to cook for a date (Credit: ITV)

Scarlett is no stranger to dating shows, having previously fronted Channel 4's Streetmate revival back in 2017.

"My favourite types of shows are always to do with love and romance and I just love food. So as soon as I was asked about the concept and whether I'd be up for doing it, I was like, yes! I can be like a cross between Cilla Black and Greg Wallace. This is like a dream," she jokes.

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"Some of the food looks wonderful, but at one point someone wanted onion bhajis as a starter, and this guy literally just chopped an onion in half, kept the skin on, put it in a bit of flour and water and put it in the deep fat fryer and just served an onion with the skin on? And I was like, surely you've eaten an onion bhaji before?"

But for all its cooking #fails, Scarlett is pleased to be making romance blossom between contestants - with many of the younger singletons having never been on a date before.

"They'd always just be on their phones. Even when they were out they would always be on Tinder or Grindr or whatever, out in the club, and then they'd see someone they fancy and then check they were on Tinder. And I was like, what are you doing?" Scarlett laughs. "Just go over to them? I think a lot of them came away saying, if I'm out in Tesco and I see someone fit I might actually go over to them, because it's not that scary. So hopefully that happens.

Some cooks were slightly better than ever (Credit: ITV)
Some cooks were slightly better than ever (Credit: ITV)
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"I'm not rubbishing apps, I've had friends get married and have babies through apps, but I think when you're young, you need to feel that excitement of you going up to someone or someone coming up to you of meeting someone and meeting that way. Otherwise in 50 years' time, when people are telling a story about how their mam and dad met it's always going to be on an app.

"It's nice to watch people fall in love or to have a little bit of lust. That's why those shows are always really heart-warming and easy to watch."

Scarlett herself says she is the cook in her relationship - she's been with her policeman boyfriend, Scott Dobinson, for nearly two years. The pair live together in a house in Bishop Auckland, County Durham.


"My boyfriend doesn't cook that much. He cooks things like...sausage rolls," she says. "I'm not complaining! My idea of heaven is what I call a picky tea, where you just have bits and bobs, sausage rolls, garlic bread. Like British tapas. That's my dream.

"But because Scott works crazy shifts, sometimes I find myself up at one in the morning cooking chicken fajitas."

With the pair isolating together, they're yet to make plans about where they're going to spend Christmas, though Scarlett is hoping she'll be able to see her family.

"Either way, there's a metre-long pig in blanket that's getting eaten."

Love Bites continues weekdays at 6pm on ITV2

Featured Image Credit: ITV

Topics: Celebrity News, TV News, TV & Film, gogglebox, TV Entertainment

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