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Channel 4 bosses refuse to show Gogglebox cast Leaving Neverland doc

The controversial Leaving Neverland documentary was not shown on Friday night’s Gogglebox.

The two-part film chronicled the accounts of Wade Robson and James Safechuck’s sexual abuse allegations against Michael Jackson , which aired on March 6 and 7 on the UK channel, and caused furore leading to several complaints from viewers.

But Channel 4 bosses – who also produced the harrowing film – refused to show the cast the four-hour film so they could discuss it.

A spokesperson for the broadcaster confirmed to the Sun that it would not be part of the weekly schedule, but was still shown on Gogglebox ‘s Australian counterpart.

The cast down under were shown watching the documentary in Gogglebox Australia, which aired on Thursday night.

The Australian armchair critics echoed the UK viewer reaction by slamming the parents of the alleged abuse victims.

One Gogglebox castmember Matt Dalton reportedly said that he ‘accepted’ Jacko was a paedophile but was also a ‘superstar musician’.

The UK cast instead were seen discussing Ricky Gervais’ Netflix series After Life and the fallout from Brexit negotiations.

The damning documentary Leaving Neverland by filmmaker Dan Reed divided opinion as it exposed the legendary singer as a predatory child sex offender.

With testimony by Robson and Safechuck about their childhood in the presence of Jacko, it painted a grim picture of persistent abuse, that could have been repeated with a host of children between the ages of seven and 11 years old.

But while some stars have accepted what the allegations suggest, many loyal fans have refused to believe the alleged accusations.

Peter Andre – who featured briefly in the documentary – admitted he hadn’t watched the film because for fear it would "break his heart".

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