Gogglebox Australia stars Isabelle Silbery and her mother Kerry have shared the heartbreak of telling grandmother Emmie she could no longer appear on the show.

Isabelle, 34, and her mother spoke to The Project host Sarah Harris on Tuesday night, weeks after announcing Emmie would not be returning to Gogglebox due to her diagnosis. 

Kerry said the ‘hardest part’ of Emmie’s diagnosis was having to tell her mother, who has been moved to an aged care facility, that she wouldn’t be appearing on the show anymore. 

‘She said why not, and we said you’ve got dementia and she said I’m perfectly alright, there’s nothing wrong with me, I’m not ga-ga’ Kerry explained. 

‘This is real life. Emmie is no longer able to do the show, and we wanted to be really transparent about that and not have her disappear off the couch,’ added Isabelle. 

Gogglebox Australia stars Isabelle Silbery (left) and her mother Kerry (right) have shared the heartbreak of telling grandmother Emmie she could no longer appear on the show

Gogglebox Australia stars Isabelle Silbery (left) and her mother Kerry (right) have shared the heartbreak of telling grandmother Emmie she could no longer appear on the show

The pair insisted that they would be keeping the ornate red chair Emmie sat in on the show, in honour of her.

They also explained that they became aware of an issue when wise-cracking Emmie could no longer follow what was being said while they were filming an interview.  

Isabelle then broke down in tears as she described the ‘long goodbye’ of losing someone to the neurological disorder.

‘Sometimes I really wish that she’d just go, because she’s not the same. It’s just really hard,’ she said.

Dementia is an umbrella term used to describe a range of progressive neurological disorders that impact memory, thinking and behaviour.

Kerry said the 'hardest part' of Emmie's diagnosis was having to tell her mother, who has been moved to an aged care facility, that she wouldn't be appearing on Gogglebox anymore. Emmie is pictured

Kerry said the ‘hardest part’ of Emmie’s diagnosis was having to tell her mother, who has been moved to an aged care facility, that she wouldn’t be appearing on Gogglebox anymore. Emmie is pictured 

Isabelle then broke down in tears as she described the 'long goodbye' of losing someone to the neurological disorder

Isabelle then broke down in tears as she described the ‘long goodbye’ of losing someone to the neurological disorder

There are many types of dementia, of which Alzheimer’s disease is the most common.

There is no cure for dementia, although medical intervention can slow its progression.

Earlier this month, the Silberys made the sad announcement Emmie would no longer be joining them on the Gogglebox couch due her condition. 

‘We’ve had to make an array of difficult decisions that are best for Emmie since her recent diagnosis of dementia,’ Kerry told 10Play.

'Sometimes I really wish that she'd just go, because she's not the same. It's just really hard,' she said

‘Sometimes I really wish that she’d just go, because she’s not the same. It’s just really hard,’ she said 

'We've had to make an array of difficult decisions that are best for Emmie since her recent diagnosis of dementia,' Kerry told 10Play

‘We’ve had to make an array of difficult decisions that are best for Emmie since her recent diagnosis of dementia,’ Kerry told 10Play 

‘Emmie has now happily settled into an aged-care facility right around the corner from both Isabelle and me.’

Isabelle said ‘it’s been a tough few months, but her grandmother is ‘safe and happy’.

‘It’s been tough watching my grandma deteriorate before our eyes with dementia,’ she wrote on Instagram.

‘I’ve been supporting mum, who has all the weight on her shoulders as she makes some big decisions for Emmie’s future.’

‘The three of us have always maintained being real with each other and you all, even through family struggles and this is one of them.’

'This is real life. Emmie is no longer able to do the show, and we wanted to be really transparent about that and not have her disappear off the couch,' said Isabelle

‘This is real life. Emmie is no longer able to do the show, and we wanted to be really transparent about that and not have her disappear off the couch,’ said Isabelle 

She went on to say she hopes ‘this opens up the conversation about dementia’.

‘What’s best for her now is that she is safe and happy in permanent care just up the road, where we visit her every day,’ she added.

‘She’s stepping back from Gogglebox as it just wouldn’t be fair to her, and instead she will be enjoying her evening wine whilst watching us on the coach.’

She concluded: ‘Rest assured, Emmie is still cracking jokes, still up for a cuddle and in blissful ignorance of her circumstance.’

The Silbery family has appeared on the four-time Logie Award-winning series since 2016, and during that time have shared many personal stories.

The Silbery family has appeared on the four-time Logie Award-winning series since 2016, and during that time have shared many personal stories

 The Silbery family has appeared on the four-time Logie Award-winning series since 2016, and during that time have shared many personal stories



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