Gogglebox fans rally around gay favourite Stephen Webb after ‘revolting homophobic’ trolling
Gogglebox fans rallied around star Stephen Webb after a Twitter troll directed a vile anti-gay comment toward him.
Stephen Webb, who has appeared on Gogglebox since its first-ever season in 2013, was cheered on after receiving a “revolting homophobic comment”.
In a now-deleted tweet, the troll said that Webb “is everything I detest about flamboyant gays”.
Webb hit back, responding: “What a revolting homophobic comment! Please feel free to unfollow me you nasty woman.”
What a revolting homophobic comment! Please feel free to unfollow me you nasty woman https://t.co/DiLvjLlrCF
— GOGGLEBOX STEPHEN (@Stephenwebb71) May 3, 2020
He added: “She can attack me! But when she attacks my community I have to respond.”
Webb’s followers were quick to jump to his defence, with one writing: “Love you guys, some people are just jealous and pathetic and living in the last century, keep smiling because you make me laugh out loud.”
Another said: “The more flamboyant the better I say, especially in the current circumstances…. you, Daniel, Babs and Princess [the couple’s dogs] make our Friday Nights in lockdown a little less hideous.”
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Gogglebox’s Stephen Webb fell out with former co-star and ex Chris Ashby-Steed.
Webb first appeared on Gogglebox alongside his then-partner Chris Ashby-Steed.
The pair continued to appear side-by-side after splitting, but Ashby-Steed was eventually replaced by Webb’s mother, Pat. When Webb married his partner, Daniel Lustig, he took over the seat next to Webb.
Last year, Ashby-Steed claimed he was “bullied” off the show by Webb, who he said would constantly put him down.
In an interview with the Mirror Ashby-Steed said he felt “so low” after leaving the show, and that his mental health suffered to such an extent he had contemplated suicide.
He added on Twitter: “A year on, I’ve finally had the courage to stand up to a bully and start to tell the story of how @Stephenwebb71 forced of off @C4Gogglebox and how it’s affected my mental health since. Hopefully, the truth of my story will help others who are struggling.”
Webb declined to comment at the time. A spokesperson for Channel 4 told PinkNews: “Chris has not contacted us since he made the decision to leave the show. The duty of care of the Gogglebox contributors is of paramount importance.”