FAREWELL LEON THE LEGEND

Scarlett Moffatt leads tributes to ‘Grandfather of Gogglebox’ Leon Bernicoff whose ‘sharp wit’ won him legions of fans as he dies in hospital aged 83

  • Leon Bernicoff, who was 83, passed away on Saturday following a short illness  
  • The star, who was  a devoted Everton fan, was a favourite among fans of the show
  • He is survived by his wife June, his two daughters as well as his sons-in-law   

Television personality and Gogglebox co-star Scarlett Moffatt has paid tribute to Leon Bernicoff, who today died aged 83.

Scarlett said the adored star – who passed away in hospital following a short illness – was ‘loved by so many’.

She tweeted: ‘Words can’t explain what you meant to so many people.

‘From your words of encouragement to me to the little DMs. Leon you were loved by so many. Sending my love to you and all of your family.’

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'Sharp wit': Gogglebox favourite Leon Bernicoff died earlier today in hospital following a short illness 

‘Sharp wit’: Gogglebox favourite Leon Bernicoff died earlier today in hospital following a short illness

He is survived by wife June (left and right), two daughters, sons-in-law and grandchildren

Leon was born on October 27 1934

Leon was born on October 27 1934. He is survived by wife June (left and right), two daughters, sons-in-law and grandchildren.

Leon, a retired teacher, was one of the first people to join the show's cast - along with his wife June - when it launched in 2013

Leon, a retired teacher, was one of the first people to join the show’s cast – along with his wife June – when it launched in 2013

The retired teacher and his wife June both pictured left on their wedding day in 1960

He died in hospital on Saturday, Channel 4 and production company Studio Lambert said in a statement issued on behalf of his family

The retired teacher, pictured left with June on their wedding day in 1960) was adored for his legendary wit

As well as his wife June, he is survived by his two daughters, sons-in-law and grandchildren

As well as his wife June, he is survived by his two daughters, sons-in-law and grandchildren

The retired teacher and his wife June were one of the first couples to join the show’s cast when it launched in 2013.

A devoted Everton fan, Bernicoff met June in 1955 with the couple marrying five years later.

During his run on the programme – which shows families across Britain watching television – he described both Nigel Farage and Jamie Oliver as a ‘d***head’.

Channel 4 and Studio Lambert said: ‘It is with a heavy heart that we announce the sad news that after a short illness Gogglebox’s Leon Bernicoff passed away in hospital earlier today.

Tributes have poured in for much-loved star

Scarlett Moffatt said: 'Words can't explain what you meant to so many people. From your words of encouragement to the little DMs. Leon you were loved by so many. Sending my love to you and all of your family'

Tributes have poured in for much-loved star, including from co-Gogglebox personality Scarlett Moffatt (right)

Hundreds of tributes have poured on for the Gogglebox legend, including from fellow stars of the show, Everton Football Club and the Mayor of Liverpool 

Hundreds of tributes have poured on for the Gogglebox legend, including from fellow stars of the show, Everton Football Club and the Mayor of Liverpool

‘He’s a d***head!’ Leon speaks his mind about Jamie Oliver
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‘Leon and his wife June were the first members of the public to be cast for Gogglebox back in early 2013, and they soon grew to become much-loved voices during the course of the show’s 10 series to date.

‘Leon’s unique personality and sharp wit endeared him to fans of the show, as he contributed fully to Gogglebox’s reputation as a programme full of warm humour and unvarnished opinion.

‘To those of us that knew him personally, Leon was a man of unwavering principles who exerted a distinct paternal presence both on and off screen. He will be dearly missed by the entire Gogglebox family; cast and crew.’

Since news of his passing was announced, hundreds have paid tribute to Leon.

The couple, pictured on their wedding day in 1960

Leon and June at The Oldie Awards Lunch at Simpsons Resturant, The Strand, London in 2016

In a statement, Channel 4 and Studio Lambert said: ‘It is with a heavy heart that we announce the sad news that after a short illness Gogglebox’s Leon Bernicoff passed away in hospital earlier today’

Since news of his passing was announced, hundreds have paid tribute to Leon

Since news of his passing was announced, hundreds have paid tribute to Leon

Leon Bernicoff stars in Channel 4’s Gogglebox in 2013
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