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Josh Tapper Is Leaving 'Gogglebox' For A Job At Number 10

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Josh Tapper Is Leaving 'Gogglebox' For A Job At Number 10

In one of the most surprising career changes since that guy from Blur decided to become an artisan cheese maker, Josh Tapper, of Gogglebox fame, is to leave the show for a job at 10 Downing Street.

The 20-year-old reality TV star is understood to have beaten thousands of applicants, securing a civil service apprenticeship based in the cabinet office.

Credit: Channel 4 / Gogglebox

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Mum Nikki, dad Jonathan and sister Amy will continue to appear on Gogglebox, as they have since 2013, becoming one of the show's favourite families.

However, Channel 4 have said that it will leave things open in case Josh ever feels like returning to his sofa.

"Channel 4 will, of course, keep the door open for him but it's a really exciting opportunity for him," a source told the Mirror.

"It's a much coveted job. Josh has already started having meetings within Number 10.

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"The Tappers are one of the show's favourite families and Channel 4 really wanted them to carry on, even without Josh.

"The family are very proud of him."

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The scheme lasts for up to two years and although roles vary, it will usually involve administrative support.

After the apprenticeship there will be the opportunity to apply for a government job.

The Tapper family recently embarked on a health and fitness mission after chauffeur dad Jonathan was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

As a result, Josh has really got stuck into his gym routine.

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He said: "I do a mixture of cardio and weights at the gym, I used to go once a week but now I train most days.

"Having a family member with diabetes does hit home how important diet is."

As surprising as Josh's new career may be, he's not the only Gogglebox star involved in politics.

Andrew Michael, father of the Michael family in Brighton, stood as a UKIP candidate in Hastings and Rye.

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However, when he stood as a candidate during the general election in 2014, Channel 4 weren't quite so accepting and the family left the show for a short time.

When the family was dropped in December 2014, a Channel 4 spokesman said: "Sadly any Gogglebox cast member who becomes a candidate for a political party will have to step down from their involvement in Gogglebox."

After the family's return, Andrew told the Sun: "I have a responsibility to keep my family happy after they supported me last autumn. That was a big deal for us. They supported me then so it's my time to support them now.

"I do love politics, it was an endeavour I'd never made before. When the opportunity came along, I felt I had to take it, and when I was impaled on the horns of that dilemma, it was difficult for us.

"We were given five days to decide what to do - we had lots of family meetings about it.

"The children interviewed me. They said, 'How much do you really want to do it, Dad? Because we're all enjoying Gogglebox. What are you thinking? What are you doing?' Everybody was shell-shocked.

"Now I have stepped down from my official position as prospective parliamentary candidate. And I was happy to step down in order to pick up Gogglebox.

"I needed to put confidence in my family in exactly the way they treated me in December."

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Topics: gogglebox, politics

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