Gogglebox 's Lee Riley has been unable to see his partner Steve on his 52nd birthday because of quarantine rules which enable him to take part in the series .
Lee returns to our screens with best friend Jenny Newby in their Hull caravan on Friday but it means he has had to leave his partner Steve behind in Cyprus.
He told on social media that he had to say goodbye to his partner of 27 years so he could fly to the UK for filming.
Steve wrote: "Never tire of this peaceful and chilled idyllic hideaway thanks for a fabulous time Lee Riley safe journey back to Blighty.
"Love you to the moon and back #vounikinghotelandrestaurant #cyprus2020 #gogglebox #series16."
He also said the pair enjoyed a farewell dinner together as they said their fond farewells.
Jenny wished a happy birthday to her on-screen sidekick today.
Jenny wrote on their shared Twitter account: "A big happy birthday, to my couch potato, and best friend lee have a great day much love jenny xx."
The pair have also shared snaps of the series on social media of them filming the series in the caravan.
Lee posted images of posted them surrounded by booze with their television iconic caravan curtains in view
He wrote: " Gogglebox Series 16 take 1. See ya at your house Friday 9pm."
Lee and Jenny became friends 21 years ago when she was a landlady at a pub in Paull, East Yorkshire, and Lee was a regular customer.
He jokingly admits he regrets going in the pub and says things could have got off to an awkward start as he hated her hair.
Previously chatting to Ireland's Big Issue magazine, Jenny said: "Lee was a customer at my pub, The Crown Inn in Paull.
"He became a regular in 1994 and used to come in pretty much every night with his partner and we were friends from the off.
"We’ve been best friends ever since."
Gogglebox returns to Channel 4 on Friday at 9pm
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