Angie, 31, and Yvie, 48, spoke exclusively to WHO on Thursday ahead of the release of their new podcast Two Girls, One Pod, saying their listeners can expect the same witty banter that made them formidable television personalities on Gogglebox.
"The one thing Angie and I said to each other when we decided to do a podcast is we would be unfiltered and we would not censor ourselves the way we used to in the beginning with Gogglebox," Yvie says.
"It's such a lovely feeling to just be yourself and have people be ok with that. There’s no where we wont go. Good, bad, ugly – warts and all!"
While Angie and Yvie speak highly of their time on Gogglebox, the pair admit there was one incident where they felt blindsided by producers.
During an episode, Angie made a tongue-in-cheek remark about a comedian's appearance, which garnered her quick backlash from viewers.
“We trusted [the producers] that they would do well by us and they really did, right until there was one episode in season seven or six," Yvie says.
"It was the first [time] they’d shown Angie say something mean and it was so out of character for her. It was because we were both in really bad moods and we had said things like that before and [the producers] would never, ever show that because they knew we didn’t mean it.
"They knew we were often having a go at each other rather than the person that we were talking about on screen."
Yvie said they were shocked that Channel Ten executives chose to use the footage for the final edit, adding “what was the use?”
Angie revealed she “cried for a week” after the episode aired, and even told production she was quitting after copping a barrage of criticism.
“I was in Africa [filming I’m a Celebrity] when I got all the backlash. I wrote to the person I said it about he was so upset,” she says.
Yvie added: “That’s where it slipped in to reality TV and they’d never done that to us before".
“I was like ‘you took advantage of that’ but then we got over it. They never did it again, they saw how sad I was,” Angie says.
Aside from the unfortunate situation, Angie and Yvie look back fondly on their Gogglebox experience, but admitted they censored themselves in the early days.
“In the beginning, I’m talking first two episodes, we censored ourselves. We didn’t trust our production company to edit us well. We thought it was a reality show and it’s still not a reality show. It’s an observational documentary genre," Yvie says.
“They leave the cameras there and they just shoot, for hours and hours and hours then they edit that. That’s very different to reality where it’s highly produced.
Yvie said once they realised the producers weren’t out to create “villains and heroes,” they felt they could be their candid, unfiltered selves.
Angie also shed light on her time as The Bachelorette, revealing that during filming she was "stoked" with her line up of men, only to realise the contestants' true colours once the show had aired.
“Because you’re just in this bubble. I don’t know what they were going to be like in the real world. I thought they were great and it wasn’t until I got to know what they were like outside the show,” she says.
“You also get to see what people are really like with their 15 minutes of fame. That can really, really rattle some people. Whereas I always feel like I’ve been the same."
Yvie also admitted a lot of the men on Angie’s season put up a façade while cameras were rolling and claimed they let the sudden public exposure get to their heads.
“You see how they post and what they stood for. A lot of them were just, at the end of the day, white men who just really have hideous attitudes towards women. It was shocking,” she says.
“In the mansion they were separated from Angie, so they could be themselves off camera and do all their – whatever they were doing – and egging each other on and then they did nothing but present their best selves to her.”
Angie shed light on the gruelling filming process that goes into the production of the show, revealing it wasn’t as glamourous as it might appear on TV.
“I think most people would be absolutely shocked how much time and energy goes into making a reality TV show,” she says.
“It’s like 18-hour days and you’re pretty much on what feels like a movie set. Even in the jungle you’re filmed 24/7. You’re constantly having to be on to some degree.
“People think I’m getting driven around in a limo with fancy toilets, but sometimes I’m peeing in a bush,” she laughs.
“It sometimes felt like I was on the set of a movie because I had to shoot things eight times and still be a real girl."
Looking forward to their exciting new podcast venture, the pair said they hope to be embraced by audiences as much as they were during their eight-season stint on Gogglebox.
“It’s really important for us together to continue being our raw selves and let our audience who already embraces us see more of that because we feel so supported,” Yvie says.
"There was a lot of single women that we’d hear from that would say ‘oh I sit and have a wine with you guys every week and ow we can sit and have a wine again together [through the podcast].”
The popular duo, who have been staples in reality and lifestyle television for half a decade, also revealed they’d love to enter the Big Brother house together.
“But not the new version with all the challenges," Yvie laughs. "When we went into the jungle it’s the one thing Angie and I said to each other: ‘God I wish Big Brother was still around’ because we’d love to do Celebrity Big Brother!”
Angie agreed, adding: “That’s probably the only reality show [I’d go on]. I’d love for Yvie and I to have our own show or something where we just kind of get to really talk. We just need more women with big voices.”
Angie and Yvie said their dream interviewee would be Clementine Ford, praising the feminist writer for her honesty and intelligence.
“She’s the absolute matriarch of feminism in this country,” Yvie gushes.
“She’s actually one of the sweetest, funniest, kindest most supportive women that we’ve ever followed. We are just massive fans of hers.”
Yvie and Angie hope to bring a diverse range of women from all backgrounds and ethnicities onto their podcast.