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Ada Nicodemou's new life – and how Home and Away saved her

<p>Ada Nicodemou has credited her <em>Home and Away</em> “family” and work for helping her get through her divorce with Chrys Xipolitas.</p> <p>The 41-year-old actress, who just marked her 20th year on the long-running TV series, said being on the show helped her through the tough last couple of years of her romantic partnership.</p> <p>In 2014, Nicodemou and then-husband Xipolitas announced that their second son Harrison had been stillborn. The following year, the couple separated after nine years of marriage.</p> <p>“I just couldn’t wait to get back [to work] and it just saved me,” Nicodemou told <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/entertainment/television/ada-nicodemou-on-her-new-life-and-how-role-on-home-and-away-saved-her/news-story/d50c6858d96ea062a830cb65a8bfac03" target="_blank">News Corp Australia</a>.</p> <p>“I just needed to be busy. To be able to have something to come back to was just all I needed and I had this beautiful family here who supported me and loved me.”</p> <p>Nicodemou is now in a relationship with entrepreneur Adam Rigby, whom she met at a Channel Seven event in 2016.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bs0GKdlAepR/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bs0GKdlAepR/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Ada Nicodemou (@adanicodemou)</a> on Jan 19, 2019 at 3:11am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>After two decades of playing the role of Leah on <em>Home and Away</em>, Nicodemou reflected on the times when she just started out on the popular soap. </p> <p>“It’s odd, I sort of don’t remember my life before being on the show but then it doesn’t feel like it’s been 20 years this year,” she admitted.</p> <p>“I was 22 when I started on this show. I was a single woman, I’ve gone through so much in that time and have changed so much as a person … I don’t know if I would have been able to get through it all if it wasn’t for this fantastic job.”</p> <p>In an interview with <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/lifestyle/stellar/ada-nicodemou-they-call-me-the-black-widow/news-story/b69274aea9c62cf56354776aba4b8c0b" target="_blank"><em>Stellar</em><span> </span>magazine</a> last month, Nicodemou also expressed her interest in staying on the <em>Home and Away</em> set for years to come. </p> <p>“Leah has evolved a lot,” said Nicodemou. “I’d be happy to play her for another 20 years.”</p>

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“Hope we’re still around for her 17th!”: Patti Newton shares heartwarming photo of doting grandad Bert

<p>Patti Newton is a proud grandmother of five. <span>And the TV presenter took to Instagram on Friday to share a photo of husband Bert Newton playing the role of doting grandfather to granddaughter Lola at her seventh birthday party.</span></p> <p>The photo shows the 80-year-old quadruple Gold Logie winner embracing the little tot who was dressed up as Wonder Woman.</p> <p>She captioned the heartwarming snap: “Wonder Woman had her 7th Birthday party today. All her Super Heroes had a great time.”</p> <p>But while the moment was a joyous one, there was a twinge of sadness as the 74-year-old said: “Hope we’re around for her 17th !!!! Lola is just Sunshine.”</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BvTv52aJgOS/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BvTv52aJgOS/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Patti Newton (@pattinewtonofficial)</a> on Mar 22, 2019 at 4:15am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The TV power couple tied the knot 45 years ago and have fought through a number of health problems throughout that time.</p> <p>Over the years, the duo had had two children together – Lauren Newton and Matthew Newton.</p> <p>The pair are also grandparents to five cheeky grandchildren, Sam, 11, Monty, two, Eva, nine, Lola, seven and the latest addition to the family, <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/entertainment/tv/tv-legends-bert-and-patti-newton-are-grandparents-again" target="_blank">Perla who was born in January</a>.</p>

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“She tipped me over the edge”: Kochie defends behaviour on Sunrise after Pauline Hanson feud

<p><em>Sunrise </em>host David Koch has admitted he was “tipped over the edge” by Pauline Hanson’s comments on <em>Sunrise</em> about the Christchurch attacks.</p> <p>He spoke to Kyle and Jackie O about the divisive words that have been used by Hanson and why he was so impacted by them.</p> <p>“I went her, because [of] her words, and probably I'm a bit too passionate about this because I do work with Muslim youth workers in western Sydney.”</p> <p>As Koch runs a youth centre in Macquarie Fields, he has seen the real-life ramifications that Muslim children experience due to politician’s comments.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BvSR3TvhZmb/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BvSR3TvhZmb/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Kyle and Jackie O (@kyleandjackieo)</a> on Mar 21, 2019 at 2:34pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>He told <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6836771/Sunrise-host-David-Koch-doubles-criticism-anti-Muslim-Pauline-Hanson.html" target="_blank">The Daily Mail</a>:</em></p> <p>“When politicians talk and they pit Australians against Muslims, and the scaremongering, these kids deal with it on the street.</p> <p>“What happened in New Zealand really got to me. We're a society now that's becoming a bit dangerous.”</p> <p>After the <em>Sunrise </em>segment aired, a petition with over 122,000 signatures was set up calling for him to be sacked for the way he handled the interview.</p> <p>However, Kochie has no issues with the conversation.        </p> <p>“Pauline's had worse in parliament, she's the leader of a political party.”</p> <p>He also mentioned that politicians should be held more accountable for their words.</p> <p>“Politicians don't understand the power of their words, particularly in an election campaign.”</p> <p>“Australia, we are so compassionate, so understanding, and we're proud of it. We're the best multicultural nation in the world.”</p> <p>Do you agree with Kochie’s words? Let us know in the comments.</p>

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Scott Morrison plans to sue Waleed Aly and Channel Ten

<p>Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s office has threatened Channel Ten and Waleed Aly with legal action over Aly’s response to the Christchurch terror attacks.</p> <p>In the segment airing on <em>The Project</em>, Aly referred specifically to a 2010 cabinet meeting in which Morrison reportedly suggested using anti-Muslim community sentiment for political gain.</p> <p>“I also know a senior figure in our government once suggested we made a mistake as a country by letting in Lebanese Muslims in the ’70s,” Aly said.</p> <p>“And I know there are media reports going back eight years at a shadow cabinet meeting in which another senior politician suggested his party should use community concerns about Muslims in Australia failing to integrate as a political strategy. That person is now the most senior politician we have.”</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FTheProjectTV%2Fvideos%2F825676911124387%2F&amp;show_text=0&amp;width=560" width="560" height="315" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allowfullscreen="true"></iframe></p> <p>It's these words that caused Morrison’s office to demand an apology and issue a warning of defamation risk.</p> <p>However, the video has not been taken down from Facebook, where it has been viewed more than 8 million times.</p> <p><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2019/03/18/morrison-waleed-aly-muslim/" target="_blank">The New Daily</a> </em>spoke to five former members of shadow cabinet, including Peter Dutton and Greg Hunt, who insist Morrison didn’t encourage the Liberals to exploit anti-Muslim sentiment.</p> <p>Foreign Minister Marie Payne has refused to endorse Dutton’s previous remarks that Australia made a “mistake” with a Lebanese immigration program in the 1970’s.</p> <p>She told<em> </em><a rel="noopener" href="https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2019/03/18/morrison-waleed-aly-muslim/" target="_blank"><em>The New Daily</em></a>:</p> <p>“I am not going to go into a series of adjudications on statements made by my colleagues or anyone else at this time. We are dealing with a very serious situation here,” Senator Payne said.</p> <p>“But we should also always be careful about the language that we use. Politicians and the media, in particular, have positions of … great responsibility.”</p> <p>Do you think Waleed’s comments were defamatory? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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Kochie slams Pauline Hanson during explosive interview on Sunrise

<p>One Nation leader Pauline Hanson has denied that her comments about Muslims in Australia “empower” white supremacists.</p> <p><em>Sunrise</em> host David Koch told Hanson that Brenton Tarrant’s manifesto – the Australian terrorist who carried out Friday’s horrific attack – reads like a “One Nation Immigration and Muslim policy.”</p> <p>“Do you, in any way, feel complicit with this atrocity?” Kochie asked.</p> <p>“The anti-Muslim rhetoric that you espouse constantly here, that you did in your maiden speech when you came to parliament. Do you understand?”</p> <p>In response to the <em>Sunrise </em>hosts statements, Hanson extended her sympathies to the victims of the Friday attacks at two Christchurch mosques, before steering the conversation towards Muslim immigration.</p> <p>“I feel for these people,” she said. “I feel for the families that have lost lives ... We have problems but you’ve actually got to discuss it and debate the issues.</p> <p>“Why do we have terrorist attacks in this country? Why is it happening around the world?”</p> <p>Kochie responded by telling the politician that “most of the terrorist attacks are (carried out by) right-wing white supremacists that are egged on by your comments, by your anti-Muslim comments”.</p> <p>“(Things like) ‘they don’t deserve to be here’, ‘they will take over our country’. Can you understand how that empowers a white supremacist ... into seeing it as a call to arms?”</p> <p>Ms Hanson focused on what’s happening in the UK, claiming Britons have “lost their country.”</p> <p>Later, fellow senator Derryn Hinch accused Hanson of being a “coward,” for saying on <em>Sunrise</em> she would abstain from a vote to censure Senator Fraser Anning over his divisive comments after Friday’s attack.</p> <p>“What is a censure?” Hanson responded when asked by Kochie if she would vote or not.</p> <p>“It will not prove a damn thing.”</p> <p>Kochie told her the vote is “drawing a line in the sand of humanity and respect”. Senator Hinch told the One Nation leader it is “cowardly” not to vote.</p> <p>“You either vote yes or no. (Not voting) shows you approve of what he said.”</p> <p>Do you agree with Kochie's sentiments? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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The end of the Today show? Breakfast show's ratings hit shocking new low

<p>The <em>T</em><em>oday</em> show has placed third on TV ratings when it comes to the morning breakfast slot, after being beaten by an unlikely underdog.</p> <p>According to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.crikey.com.au/2019/03/14/glenn-dyers-tv-ratings-574/" target="_blank"><em>Crikey</em>,</a> the <em>ABC’s News Breakfast </em>has taken second place behind <em>Sunrise</em> on Channel 7, swiftly eclipsing the once revered Channel Nine program.</p> <p>The ABC morning show amassed over 265,000 national viewers across ABC and ABC News on Wednesday, while <em>Today </em>raked in 1000 less with 264,000.</p> <p><em>Sunrise </em>has kept the lead for a while now and sat on top with over 447,000 viewers nationally.</p> <p>It’s been a non-stop saga for the Channel Nine morning show after Karl Stefanovic was ousted in December of 2018.<em> Today </em>hoped to regain some of its lost audience with a fresher, shinier panel and a brand-new look but it’s to no avail.</p> <p>Just one year prior, Stefanovic’s co-host Lisa Wilkinson shocked Australian viewers by resigning from her position <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/news/news/lisa-wilkinson-quits-today-show-in-shock-decision/" target="_blank">due to pay discrepancies.</a></p> <p>A Nine spokesperson has rebuffed <a href="https://www.crikey.com.au/2019/03/14/glenn-dyers-tv-ratings-574/"><em>Crikey’s</em></a> report, claiming the figures don’t hold as ABC’s morning show screens across two channels, unlike <em>Today</em>.</p> <p>“<em>Today</em> won nationally against <em>ABC Breakfast</em> (combined five City Metro and Regional 264,000 to 193,000) as well as five City Metro,” they said.</p> <p>Not only has the gap widened between both Channel 7 and Channel 9’s morning shows, but the new contender coming into play has distanced the two rivals even further.</p> <p>After disappointing figures last month, Nine’s director of morning television, Steve Burling seemed to remain upbeat.</p> <p>“It’s very early days and rating figures will continue to fluctuate, but I’m absolutely thrilled with the dynamic between Georgie, Deb, Tom and the entire on-air team,” he told <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/entertainment/tv/tv-ratings/channel-9s-today-show-hits-shocking-new-low-beaten-by-an-unlikely-contender/news-story/2ed71e0df9e9951075fb7ef3da8cba07" target="_blank">news.com.au</a></em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/entertainment/tv/tv-ratings/channel-9s-today-show-hits-shocking-new-low-beaten-by-an-unlikely-contender/news-story/2ed71e0df9e9951075fb7ef3da8cba07" target="_blank">.</a></p> <p>“And, I’m confident that the audience will be turning to us in the weeks and months ahead.”</p> <p>When the revamp debuted in January, <em>Today</em> was smashed in ratings, drawing in a measly 197,000 metro viewers.</p> <p>At one point, the show attracted just 167,000 metro viewers, which marked the lowest figures since 2006. </p> <p>In a statement to <a rel="noopener" href="https://tvtonight.com.au/2019/03/its-what-seven-always-had-nines-ratings-halo.html" target="_blank"><em>TV Tonight</em>,</a> Adrian Swift, Nine’s head of content production was still positive and said viewers should give the refurbished <em>Today</em> show a chance.</p> <p>“The reality is when you change your line-up it takes a long time to bed in,” he explained.</p> <p>“We're not concerned. We are absolutely convinced we will get there.”</p> <p>Brooke Boney, Tom Steinfort, and Tony Jones joined the new panel with Deborah and Georgie in January after longtime host, Karl Stefanovic was axed.</p> <p>Will you be watching <em>Today</em> anytime soon? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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My Kitchen Rules' John tells: "My big news"

<div> <div class="replay"> <div class="reply_body body linkify"> <div class="reply_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Much-loved John Krasenstein from<span> </span><em>My Kitchen Rules</em><span> </span>has some exciting news to share.</p> <p>John, 29, and his wife Chloe are expecting a baby.</p> <p>Chloe excitedly told <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.newidea.com.au/my-kitchen-rules-john-announces-baby-news" target="_blank">New Idea</a>: </em></p> <p>“I fell pregnant while John was filming<span> </span><em>MKR."</em></p> <p>The duo have been trying for a baby since they were married three years ago.</p> <p>"Chloe and I got married almost three years ago and we started trying straight away," John explained.</p> <p>However, as the couple have been unsuccessful, they started to lose hope.</p> <p>“I think a lot of people have the same problem and I think it's just not talked about a lot," Chloe says.</p> <p>"You never know if it's going to be you that's going to have a problem until you try.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/Btu_6MsFlRg/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Btu_6MsFlRg/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Chloe Krasenstein (@cskinn10)</a> on Feb 11, 2019 at 12:12am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>"I think, as well, [it puts a] strain on your relationship...because it takes a bit of the fun out of things. I think that was something that we weren't prepared for, I guess, because we never thought we'd have those issues.</p> <p>“After a while, every month, it gets very, very sad.”</p> <p>However, the couple were glad that John got onto<span> </span><em>MKR</em><span> </span>as there was a switch in focus. Chloe explains: <span>“It was just really good to take the time off work, think about <em>MKR</em> [and] get wound up in the <em>MKR</em> bubble for a while. It was good and people always say to stop thinking about it. Stop worrying about it so much! The babies will happen and I guess that’s what happened with us!”</span></p> <p>The baby is now 23 weeks along and Chloe and the baby are doing well.</p> <p>John couldn’t contain his excitement, as he said: <span>“It’s going to be a beautiful baby girl. All the reports are healthy.</span></p> <p>“We just need to choose a name now!</p> <p>"We had names for a boy lined up. But we’re not having a boy. So we’re just currently trying to work that out. When we see her, [that] might be when we decide, I think.”</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div>

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Cassandra Thorburn lands TV role with Studio 10

<p>Cassandra Thorburn has scored another gig at Network 10.</p> <p>After her stint on <em>Dancing With The Stars (DWTS) </em>this season, Thorburn is set to join the network’s <em>Studio 10 </em>morning breakfast show as a regular panellist.</p> <p>“I’ll be working with<em> Studio 10</em> on a more regular guest basis so that will be great,” the former journalist told <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://au.lifestyle.yahoo.com/cass-thorburn-set-rival-today-show-new-tv-gig-023611214.html" target="_blank">Yahoo Lifestyle</a>. </em></p> <p>“Cass is a friend of Studio 10 and will continue to appear as a regular guest on the show,” a Network 10 spokesperson told <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/entertainment/sydney-confidential/cassandra-thorburns-lands-breakfast-tv-role-with-studio-10/news-story/cb2b42ce7e0760a53aab4a15d4173a0e" target="_blank">Confidential</a></em>.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bu5xKRkAkVs/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bu5xKRkAkVs/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Thank you for having us today @studio10au Still laughing at @whatsarahsnapped “anything to tell us”? I finally have the answer for you @marcodeangelis_off spent 8 weeks of his life trying to teach my body to move and we did it every week on live TV @dancingon10 #dwtsau</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/cassthorburn/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Cassandra Thorburn</a> (@cassthorburn) on Mar 12, 2019 at 2:06am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The 47-year-old will be joining the ranks of Australia’s morning TV personalities, a slot that used to be dominated by her ex-husband Karl Stefanovic. In December, Stefanovic <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/entertainment/tv/breaking-karl-stefanovic-to-leave-today-show/" target="_blank">left Channel 9’s <em>Today</em></a> after hosting the breakfast show for 14 years.</p> <p><em>Studio 10 </em>airs on weekday mornings, overlapping with rival programs <em>Today </em>and Seven’s <em>Sunrise.</em></p> <p>The mother-of-three previously worked across a number of newsrooms, including at the ABC, <em>Sunrise</em>, <em>Mornings with Kerri-Anne </em>and <em>Today</em>.</p> <p><em>DWTS </em>was Thorburn’s first appearance on TV since her split with Stefanovic in 2016. She finished her run on the competition on Monday following her elimination alongside dance partner Marco de Angelis.</p> <p>When the <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/celebrity/cassandra-thorburn-headed-for-more-tv-time-after-dwts-elimination-20190312-p513md.html" target="_blank">Sydney Morning Herald</a> </em>asked Thorburn about the possibility of her becoming the next <em>Bachelorette</em> on the same network, she replied, “How funny would that be?”</p> <p>Are you looking forward to seeing Cassandra Thorburn join the<span> </span><em>Studio 10 </em>panel? Tell us in the comments below. </p>

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Dirty John’s Terra Newell shares new details about the night she killed him

<p>Debra Newell thought she met the man of her dreams through an online dating website. However, she had no idea that when she let John Meehan into her lives of her family and her own, it would be one of the worst decisions of her life.</p> <p>After Debra was manipulated by Meehan, who ended up being a drug addict, compulsive liar and a master manipulator, he spiralled and stalked the family. He also lit Debra’s car on fire.</p> <p>Terra Newell, one of Debra’s daughters, ended Meehan’s life after he tried to attack her.</p> <p>Terra has released more details as to what went on that day to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.hit.com.au/story/dirty-johns-real-life-terra-newell-goes-into-detail-about-the-night-she-killed-mother-s-husband-125398" target="_blank">The Hit Network’s Grant, Ed and Ash</a>.</p> <p>“It was my life or his. In that moment, it was so serious,” Terra told the radio show.</p> <p>“I tried to get away from him and I was trying to run away at first but I couldn’t disconnect from him so I had to fight back.</p> <p>“I think I stabbed him 13 times.”</p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/media/7824755/dirty-john.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/026d73162c5b40deb2444f091ba5ac98" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Eric Bana (who plays John Meehan in the Netflix series), Connie Britton (who plays Debra Newell in the Netflix series), Debra Newell, Juno Temple (who plays Terra Newell in the Netflix series), Terra Newell</em></p> <p>Terra also explained how her love of the TV show <em>The Walking Dead </em>played a part in her survival.</p> <p>"In that moment, I wasn't really like thinking about how many times I was stabbing him. But the last two to the head, I actually gave those two some thought.</p> <p>"I was just thinking if I don't kill him, then he's going to get up. I watch a lot of<span> </span><em>Walking Dead</em>... so I was killing him like a zombie."</p> <p>Terra also tried to stop the ambulance officers, who arrived on scene, from reviving Meehan.</p> <p>"I thought I killed him but then the paramedics came and they started to revive him," she explained to the show</p> <p>"I told them, 'Don't do that! He'll try to kill you too'."</p> <p>The ordeal has been made into a Netflix series that stars Eric Bana as Meehan and Connie Britton as Debra Newell, and has proven to be popular drama.</p> <p>Have you watched<span> </span><em>Dirty John</em><span> </span>on Netflix? Let us know in the comments.</p>

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Cassandra Thorburn’s son speaks out about his parents' divorce: “Someone had to protect her"

<p>Jackson Thorburn has opened up about his parents Karl Stefanovic and Cassandra Thorburn’s divorce in a new interview.</p> <p>The 19-year-old sat down with <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.nowtolove.com.au/womansday" target="_blank">Woman’s Day</a> </em>and revealed the hardships his mother and family had to face during the tumultuous time.</p> <p>The eldest sibling changed his Instagram handle to his mother’s surname last year and said that the conflict between his parents changed his perception of the both of them.</p> <p>Karl – who was married to Cassandra for 21 years – decided to separate, but the decision didn’t go as smoothly as one would hope.</p> <p>However, despite the messy divorce and tabloid smear, Jackson remains firmly grounded.</p> <p>“What’s done is done.</p> <p>“Despite what happened, he’s still my dad.”</p> <p>But Jackson has a new-found respect for his mother.</p> <p>“My mother is the most extraordinary person, and what she has weathered in these past few years, no one deserves the backlash,” he said.</p> <p>He went on to describe his mother’s battle, as she faced “incredibly destructive” comments from the public and the press.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bu2chMIgXSN/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bu2chMIgXSN/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Woman's Day Magazine Australia (@womansdayaus)</a> on Mar 10, 2019 at 7:08pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“Someone had to step up to protect her, and I knew that person was me.”</p> <p>Cassandra, who joined the cast of <em>Dancing With The Stars</em>, previously said that <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/entertainment/tv/he-thought-i-couldn-t-do-it-cassandra-thorburn-reveals-the-real-reason-she-went-on-dancing-with-the-stars" target="_blank">Jackson doubted her dancing abilities</a>, but her son remained supportive albeit a little doubtful.</p> <p>“I was brutally honest with her, but it actually made her more determined!” he said.</p> <p>The 47-year-old took a crack at the reality series but was unfortunately booted out of the competition after a three-week run on Monday night.</p> <p>The mother-of-three said that the show allowed her to do “something for me, it’s been a long time”.</p> <p>She was candid about her struggle as a newly single parent, revealing her journey on the show as she used dance as an emotional release.</p> <p>“It was my lowest moment. I struggled to leave the house,” she said.</p> <p>“My girlfriends were helping me with groceries and all sorts of things.”</p> <p>The Thorburns were hit with another tragedy soon after the divorce, and that was the passing of Cassandra’s father, Max Thorburn.</p> <p>Jackson praised his maternal grandfather and described him as “a man of integrity”.</p> <p>He said: “While I may be a Stefanovic, I’m so proud of my Thorburn genes.”</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bu2Jwz_ACOX/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bu2Jwz_ACOX/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">How blessed am I to be loved and respected by this incredible young man... Jackson’s advice in Woman’s Day today is to just feel the dance. 💕❤️💃🕺</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/cassthorburn/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Cassandra Thorburn</a> (@cassthorburn) on Mar 10, 2019 at 4:24pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The doting mum took to her Instagram on Monday to share a photo of her with Jackson, writing in the caption: “How blessed am I to be loved and respected by this incredible young man?”</p> <p>And it’s clear the feeling is mutual, as Jackson spoke glowingly about his mum, calling her “the world’s best mother”.</p> <p>Meanwhile, Cassandra faces another heartbreak, this time one that is bittersweet as Jackson prepares to move out of the family home to start university.</p> <p>The journalist wrote an emotional post on Instagram saying that she was lying on her son’s bed looking back at motherhood.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BuiN5yEAw1B/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BuiN5yEAw1B/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">How I will miss this blonde bundle of love who ventured off 8 hours away to start Uni. Where did the years go... my heart swells but so do my tear ducts. #blessedtobehismum</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/cassthorburn/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Cassandra Thorburn</a> (@cassthorburn) on Mar 2, 2019 at 9:36pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“How I will miss this blonde bundle of love who ventured off 8 hours away to start uni,” she wrote.</p> <p>“Where did the years go … my heart swells but so do my tear ducts.</p> <p>“Quite pathetic but tonight I’m lying on this bed reminiscing about being gifted the role of raising such a wonderful young man.”</p> <p>While she isn’t ready to say goodbye, Cassandra admits that it was Jackson’s “time to fly”.</p> <p>“A mother’s love for her children, as you know, is fierce and unconditional. It’s his time to fly and if he waivers he knows I’ll be waiting [with] arms open.”</p> <p>In addition to Jackson, Cassandra is a mother to two other children with Karl Stefanovic – Ava, 13, and River, 12.</p>

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Jason Priestley speaks out for first time about Luke Perry’s death: "I am in so much pain"

<p>Jason Priestley has opened up about the loss of his <em>Beverly Hills, 90210</em> co-star and friend Luke Perry.</p> <p>Perry, who died on Monday at the age of 52 after suffering a massive stroke, played opposite Priestley on the iconic 1990s TV drama.</p> <p>On Thursday, Priestley shared his tribute to the late actor on Instagram with a message and a throwback picture of the two stars together.</p> <p>“It’s taken me a couple of days to figure out how to write this... My dear friend of 29 years, Luke Perry, was one of those truly special people who really cared,” the 49-year-old wrote.</p> <p>“Luke was not only a star, he was an incredibly bright light that was extinguished far too soon... and that is why I, and so many others, are in so much pain today... If you had the good fortune to know Luke, or to have ever crossed his path, I know you are sad today as well.</p> <p>“The candle that burns twice as bright only burns for half as long... you burned oh, so brightly Luke... Goodnight Sweet Prince.”</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BuszCmInJbA/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BuszCmInJbA/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">It’s taken me a couple of days to figure out how to write this... My dear friend of 29 years, Luke Perry, was one of those truly special people who really cared... Luke was not only a star, he was an incredibly bright light that was extinguished far too soon... and that is why I, and so many others, are in so much pain today... If you had the good fortune to know Luke, or to have ever crossed his path, I know you are sad today as well... the candle that burns twice as bright only burns for half as long... you burned oh, so brightly Luke... Goodnight Sweet Prince.</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/jason_priestley/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> jason_priestley</a> (@jason_priestley) on Mar 7, 2019 at 12:12am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Perry’s other <em>90210</em> co-stars, including Shannen Doherty, Tiffani Thiessen and Ian Ziering, have also expressed heartbreak over his death. “Processing this is impossible right now,” Doherty <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/health/caring/luke-perry-s-daughter-breaks-her-silence-on-actor-s-shock-death/" target="_blank">wrote</a> on Instagram.</p> <p>Priestley has been slated to join a new <em>Beverly Hills, 90210</em> reboot along with old co-stars Ziering, Brian Austin Green, Tori Spelling, Jennie Garth and Gabrielle Carteris, but it was not known whether Perry would be returning as well.</p> <p>Previously, Spelling told <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/entertainment/celebrity-life/what-luke-perrys-death-will-mean-for-hit-shows/news-story/119acd6a6754992e43e18c5cd655fc80" target="_blank"><em>Access Live</em></a> that Perry aimed to “do as many [episodes] as he can do”.</p> <p>Perry is survived by children Sophie and Jack, fiancée Wendy Madison Bauer and ex-wife Rachel “Minnie” Sharp. <em>Us Weekly</em> reported that the family made the <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/health/body/the-devastating-decision-that-luke-perry-s-family-made/" target="_blank">tough decision</a> to take Perry off life support on Monday after his condition failed to improve.</p> <p>“The family appreciates the outpouring of support and prayers that have been extended to Luke from around the world, and respectfully request privacy in this time of great mourning,” Perry’s representative said in a statement. “No further details will be released at this time.”</p>

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My Kitchen Rules: Ash and Stacey speak out about their shock exit

<p><em>My Kitchen Rules'</em> fan favourites Ash Keillah and Stacey Allen have made a sudden exit from the show.</p> <p>The Byron Bay team decided to leave the cooking competition after Keillah developed a serious eye infection during filming.</p> <p>"After we filmed the Bondi challenge, I was just wrecked and super run down and my eye socket started swelling up," Keillah told <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.couriermail.com.au/entertainment/confidential/mkr-favourites-stacey-and-ash-open-up-about-shock-exit/news-story/1d11bf2c78165d788c0e85808aa25e68" target="_blank">Confidential</a></em>.</p> <p>The surfer, who lost an eye in an incident on the Gold Coast 10 years ago, was told he should be put on bed rest and avoid working with food for a week. </p> <p>"The doctor was really concerned — he was more concerned because I only have one eye and it was contagious," he said.</p> <p>"No one wants to go out the way we did and I know how competitive Ash is but, at the end of the day, it was about his health," said Allen.</p> <p>"We also didn't have to stuff the producers around and, in a week, three teams could go home and it wouldn't have been fair to them."</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/Burr5k9g2nK/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Burr5k9g2nK/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Thank you so much for your support all throughout MKR! We feel so lucky to have had such awesome people backing us this whole way. No one wants to end their MKR journey like this but health was and always will be our #1 priority. We cannot thank you guys enough!! Please stay tuned to this page to see what we’ve got coming up 😉❤️</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/staceyashau/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Stacey &amp; Ash</a> (@staceyashau) on Mar 6, 2019 at 1:51pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The couple said their time on <em>MKR</em> had been a "crazy ride". They said they had created "solid friendships" on the show and received great support from fans.</p> <p>"There are some amazing cooks here and you guys are all going to go through and do really well," said Allen.</p> <p>Keillah and Allen were one of the few teams who had had to pull out early in the show’s decade-long history. In 2015, mother-daughter duo Vicky and Celine Kaponias left due to a severe food poisoning case.</p> <p>Have you been watching<span> </span><em>My Kitchen Rules</em>? Who is your favourite team this year? Tell us in the comments below. </p>

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“I’m sobbing”: Samuel Johnson’s emotional tribute to sister Connie on DWTS

<p>The <em>Dancing With The Stars</em> judges, the crowd and viewers at home were left in tears after Samuel Johnson’s emotional tribute to his sister Connie on Monday night’s episode.</p> <p>The one-minute dance was an expression of the life the sibling duo shared together while Connie was alive.</p> <p>After finishing off the emotional tribute, Samuel choked back tears when telling Amanda Keller how he was feeling, but managed to say: “All the feelings, can you feel it?”</p> <p>The tribute was made in honour of the theme “memorable year,” Johnson choosing the year his sister passed away from breast cancer in 2017 after living with the disease for many years.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BV7-qbpgSsh/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BV7-qbpgSsh/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Rainbows carry hefty pricetags, turns out.Thanks for showing me that life is what we make it to be. Thanks for teaching me that now can still be awesome, even when you've so nearly run out of now and have no more real awesome left. I wish I could soften your pain, or lessen your fear, or give you something tangible, but tangible clearly isn't in season. I'm proud to walk you to the hardest part of the road. The end. The only part of the road in your life that must sadly be travelled alone. Chin up please, amidst the growing dark my girl. Shoulders back. Stand tall through that savage march, stand big and tall, dear sister, for you have lived a life to be proud of. You've loved well, and you've been loved well which is all that really matters in the end, I suspect. I won't finish with I love you, though of course I do. I'll finish with a simple thanks. Thanks for holding my hand along the way. It's been a stunning fucking ride. I want another turn, for we've spent our lives taking turns, but cancer is greedier and stronger than us. For now. So Little Miss Connie Cottonsocks, I shall now again and proudly declare myself, very truly yours, Your ever grotty and very sad little brother, Sammy Seal. XX @samueljjohnson78</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/loveyoursister/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Love Your Sister</a> (@loveyoursister) on Jun 29, 2017 at 1:38pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The 41-year-old's emotional performance left the crowd, Keller and the judges visibly shaken from the moment Georgia, dancing as Connie in spirit, begun to push Sam on the swing as the opening notes to <em>See You Again</em> by Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth began to play.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">W O W✨ <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/DWTSau?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#DWTSau</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/Sam_J_Johnson?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Sam_J_Johnson</a> <a href="https://t.co/HV4gu6YRhz">pic.twitter.com/HV4gu6YRhz</a></p> — Dancing With The Stars Australia (@DancingOn10) <a href="https://twitter.com/DancingOn10/status/1102516927874818048?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 4, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>The actor told <a href="https://10daily.com.au/entertainment/tv/a190225mrf/dwts-2019-sam-johnson-wants-to-keep-kicking-cancer-in-the-face-hole-20190225">TenDaily</a> how important the tribute to his sister was to him.</p> <p>“I’m doing an amazing dance to represent our brother and sister relationship — it’ll be like our whole life story in one dance,” he said.</p> <p>The duo received eights all around by judges, solidifying him a top place on this week’s round.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BZGJRGHgnNb/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BZGJRGHgnNb/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">'The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living.' - Cicero We got this.</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/loveyoursister/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Love Your Sister</a> (@loveyoursister) on Sep 16, 2017 at 1:57am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Together, Sam and Connie started the Love Your Sister charity which has raised more than $6 million for cancer research, as well as provided a support community for any of those battling cancer.</p> <p>The Gold Logie winner believes Connie would be happy for him to feature on <em>Dancing With The Stars</em> and perhaps be a little jealous too.</p> <p>“My sister wanted us to raise this $10 million with joy because she always told us, ‘cancer can take my life, but it won’t take my joy’,” he said.</p> <p>“So, I’ll be dancing as if she’s watching.”</p> <p>Did you see Samuel Johnson's touching dance for sister Connie on <em>DWTS</em>? Tell us in the comments below. </p>

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Michael J Fox opens up about recent health struggles: "To get to that place is pretty dark"

<p>Michael J Fox has opened up about his recent health struggles. The actor and comedian, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1991, revealed his new health problems in an interview with <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/03/01/magazine/michael-j-fox-parkinsons-acting.html?module=inline" target="_blank"><em>The NY Times</em></a>.</p> <p>“I was having the recurring problem with my spinal cord,” said the 57-year-old.</p> <p>“I was told it was benign but if it stayed static I would have diminished feeling in my legs and difficulty moving. Then all of a sudden I started falling – a lot. It was getting ridiculous. I was trying to parse what was the Parkinson’s and what was the spinal thing.”</p> <p>Fox revealed that he was heading for work in August 2018 when he fell and fractured his arm, resulting in him getting 19 pins and a plate to repair the bones.</p> <p>While the <em>Back To The Future</em> star did not believe that these medical struggles happened “for a reason”, he said: “I do think the more unexpected something is, the more there is to learn from it. In my case, what was it that made me skip down the hallway to the kitchen thinking I was fine when I’d been in a wheelchair six months earlier?”</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/media/7824313/1michael-j-fox-embed.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/5ad3eab7f8354ec998a6d05fe128b6e9" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;" class="p1"><em>Michael J. Fox attends the 2018 Fan Expo Canada at Metro Toronto Convention Centre on August 31, 2018 in Toronto, Canada.</em></p> <p>Fox is currently working on a book about his health journey. “I realized that the understanding I’d reached with Parkinson’s was sincere but risked being glib,” he said.</p> <p>“I’d made peace with the disease but presumed others had that same relationship when they didn’t. Then when I started to deal with the effects from the spinal surgery, I realized: 'Wow, it can get a lot worse.'</p> <p>“My health issues last year brought me to places where I started to say, ‘Was it false hope I’d been selling? Is there a line beyond which there is no consolation?’ For me to get to that place is pretty dark.”</p> <p>Upon finding out his diagnosis at the age of 29, Fox took up numerous jobs in comedy films that turned out to be critical and commercial flops.</p> <p>“I was so scared,” he said. “I’m fine now but back then I wasn’t in the ‘I’m fine now.’ I was in the ‘I’m going to be bad.’ That thinking didn’t allow me to trust that I could make a decision without worrying about time restrictions or financial pressures – which were inflated in my head.”</p> <p>Fox said he only began to accept his disease in 1994 and went public with it in 1998. He went on to open the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, a foundation dedicated to finding a cure for the disease, in 2000.</p>

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Paul "Fatty" Vautin reveals his heartbreak after The Footy Show

<p>Paul "Fatty" Vautin has opened up about his sudden axing from Channel Nine's<span> </span><em>The Footy Show</em>.</p> <p>In an exclusive interview with <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.couriermail.com.au/sport/nrl/paul-fatty-vautin-speaks-about-his-footy-show-axing-and-why-wally-lewis-is-still-the-king/news-story/3b25d2d6d161858c11872d2f049b5cfb" target="_blank"><em>The Courier Mail</em></a>, Vautin said that the decision about the show “actually hurt a lot”.</p> <p>“I loved every single show. We got into a 24th year and I loved the two hours of off-the-cuff live television sitting among friends.”</p> <p>And it’s still too painful to talk about the sudden decision to axe the show from Channel Nine.</p> <p>A devastated Vautin explained:</p> <p>“I haven’t spoken about it and I won’t yet but you would be really surprised how it happened. One day I will talk about it.</p> <p>“The demise of the show hurt as well but you know what – that’s life, especially in the media game, which can be quite fickle.”</p> <p>As Vautin is still employed by Channel Nine as a rugby league commentator, his side of the story won’t be revealed until that employment contract has ended.</p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/media/7824265/footy-show-body.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/ddd4f3ee1e2f4adabef3f1ed047d8527" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Darrly Brohman, Erin Molan and Paul Vautin</em></p> <p>Despite the “fickle” nature of the media game, Vautin is happy where he is now.</p> <p>“I am really enjoying commentating now and connecting with grass roots and club people I haven’t seen for years,” he happily admitted.</p> <p>Vautin is also impressed that he’s managed to have a career in media over the last 26 years.</p> <p>“I was very fortunate, especially since I had everything against me. I played for Manly who everyone hated, and Queensland who they also hated down there, as well and I had red hair. I mean – hello.”</p> <p>Did you used to watch The Footy Show when Paul "Fatty" Vautin was the host? Let us know in the comments.</p>

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The moment you missed on The Project: Peter Helliar stops “fight” live on air

<div> <div class="replay"> <div class="reply_body body linkify"> <div class="reply_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Tom Ballard’s ABC show <em>Tonightly</em> might have been cancelled last year, but there’s a chance that the comedian could return to the network.</p> <p>Ballard was on <em>The Project</em> on Thursday evening to promote his upcoming play <em>KWANDA</em>, which is based on the popular ABC show <em>Q&amp;A</em>, when host Peter Helliar suggested Hamish Macdonald could be the next in line to host the political program.</p> <p>Both Ballard and Macdonald have subbed in for <em>Q&amp;A</em> host Tony Jones on multiple occasions.</p> <p>“I've been lucky enough to fill in for Tony Jones a couple of times on<span> </span><em>Q&amp;A</em>,” said Ballard. “I watch that show every week and I yell and throw things at the television.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">Tom Ballard stopped by the desk to explain what he's had 'enough' of, the time he kicked someone out of his show, and his plans to get his job back...<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TheProjectTV?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TheProjectTV</a> <a href="https://t.co/9Xo3yn2HFP">pic.twitter.com/9Xo3yn2HFP</a></p> — The Project (@theprojecttv) <a href="https://twitter.com/theprojecttv/status/1101043018411327489?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">28 February 2019</a></blockquote> <p>With Jones announcing his intention to leave the Monday night show before the end of 2019, a question has loomed over who will be his replacement.</p> <p>Helliar then asked Ballard, “You’ve hosted <em>Q&amp;A</em>, Hamish just hosted <em>Q&amp;A</em>, Tony Jones is leaving. Who’s gonna…?”</p> <p>His question was cut off as Ballard jokingly leapt from his chair to grab Macdonald, forcing Helliar to intervene. </p> <p>“Let me have him!” Ballard said.</p> <p>As Helliar stopped the playful “fight”, he gave a nod to Jones’s catchphrase on the ABC show, jokingly saying: “Send in your tweets!”</p> <p>Earlier this month, Jones announced that he would be stepping down from <em>Q&amp;A</em> to travel to China with wife and fellow ABC presenter Sarah Ferguson, who is taking on a new role as the ABC’s China bureau chief.</p> <p>“I love doing <em>Q&amp;A</em>,” Jones said. “But going to China is an ­opportunity that is too good to miss.”</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div>

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Angela Bishop’s emotional tribute to KAK and her husband on Studio 10

<p>Kerri-Anne Kennerley shared that her husband, John, passed away on Wednesday with loved ones around him.</p> <p>Her fellow<span> </span><em>Studio 10</em> co-hosts were in tears on Thursday morning, as they announced the news live on air.</p> <p>Angela Bishop spoke about John through tears, whilst being comforted by co-host Joe Hildebrand.</p> <p>"John is someone I have known with Kerri-Anne for more than two decades and he is just an extraordinary man," Angela Bishop said, wiping away tears, who sadly <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/health/caring/2017/11/devastated-angela-bishops-husband-dies-aged-54/">lost her own husband</a> at the age of 54 to cancer in 2017. </p> <p>"He had a beautiful, warm heart, and he and my late husband became friends because they were always the plus one together at functions. He was a beautiful, beautiful man, and this is just devastating news.</p> <p>"He really was just the love of Kerri-Anne's life."</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BnI46K4FoHH/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BnI46K4FoHH/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Painting the town red tonight ❤️ #dreamball2018</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/kerriannekennerley/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Kak 💁</a> (@kerriannekennerley) on Aug 31, 2018 at 2:51am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Richard Reid described the pair as a “couple of kids in love”.</p> <p>"She would beam at him and he would beam at her and it was just so fabulous, so my heart is just so heavy. You are a legend, a legend and a beautiful woman and wife and a fabulous individual."</p> <p>Sandra Sully and Lisa Wilkinson, Kerri-Anne’s Network 10 colleagues, expressed their condolences at hearing the news.</p> <p>"I am devastated for her. John has been the love of her life and been with her privately and professionally every step of the way," Sully said.</p> <p>"I can't imagine her loss and grief right now. I am so very sad."</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">So very sad of KAK - he was her rock <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ripjohn?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ripjohn</a> 😞🌺 <a href="https://t.co/QftvQtBZP0">https://t.co/QftvQtBZP0</a></p> — Sandra Sully (@Sandra_Sully) <a href="https://twitter.com/Sandra_Sully/status/1100900117882667008?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 27, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>Wilkinson said that her thoughts were with Kerri-Anne and her family during the "difficult days, weeks and months ahead".</p> <p>"Their love for each other was absolute," Wilkinson said.</p> <p>"Never moreso than in the years since John's tragic accident. Vale."</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">So sorry to hear of the passing of Kerri-Anne Kennerley's husband John. Their love for each other was absolute. Never moreso than in the years since John’s tragic accident. Vale. <a href="https://t.co/zRFCjICDwv">https://t.co/zRFCjICDwv</a> via <a href="https://twitter.com/10Daily?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@10Daily</a></p> — Lisa Wilkinson (@Lisa_Wilkinson) <a href="https://twitter.com/Lisa_Wilkinson/status/1100894668609318912?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 27, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>The <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/national/ita-buttrose-pm-pay-tribute-to-kerrianne-kennerleys-husband-john/video/24d76079bc48712ffc9ba24131d64254" target="_blank">Prime Minister of Australia, Scott Morrison</a>, said that the love story between John and Kerri-Anne is one that shows “how lucky we are to have people we love in our lives”.</p> <p>"I'm sure Kerri-Anne will be deeply comforted by that relationship over such a long period of time and I'm sure she will get enormous waves of comfort from the Australian people," he said at a press conference announcing Ita Buttrose as the new ABC chair.</p> <p>"They shared their story openly with the Australian public and they let people into a very private part of their lives and I think the strength, determination and compassion and care that was shown in that relationship was an inspiration to all Australians.</p> <p>"We love you very much, Kerri-Anne, and we hope that these days and weeks ahead are not too arduous, but we know they will be, and you have the love and care of the nation with you."</p>

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You won’t believe what Deborah Knight looked like 15 years ago

<p>At 46 years old, the fashionable TV show host couldn’t look any better. However, after Deborah Knight posted to social media an image of herself from 15 years ago, fans are saying she hasn’t changed a bit (except for the short “shaggy” blonde hairdo).</p> <p>The dedicated journalist, news anchor and <em>Today</em> show host shared a throwback image of herself presenting the 5 pm news from way back in 2004.</p> <p>In this photo, the news presenter is sporting a short, choppy blonde hairdo and wearing a pinstripe blazer and white top – a well-loved fashion trend in the early 2000s.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BuQikUMBpsa/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BuQikUMBpsa/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Now that’s a flashback! Spotted by @jayneazzo on an old episode of @bondirescuetv - from 15 years ago..</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/deborah_knight/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Deborah Knight</a> (@deborah_knight) on Feb 24, 2019 at 12:50am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“Now that’s a flashback!” Deborah Knight wrote to Instagram on Monday. “Spotted by @jayneazzo on an old episode of @bondirescuetv – from 15 years ago...”</p> <p>Knight’s <em>Today</em> show co-host Georgie Gardner commented on the picture, writing: “Has Liz Hayes [60 Minutes journalist] look to it! Great flashback!”</p> <p>Fans were quick to comment on the post, ranging from playful teasing to heartfelt compliments.</p> <p>One cheeky follower wrote, “Got one from Landline?”</p> <p>“Careful….” The journalist jabbed back.</p> <p>“You are divine!” another follower commented.</p> <p>Other fans took to comment on her beauty writing: “Even more gorgeous today.”</p> <p>“How is it possible that you are younger now? Deb is Benjamin Button,” another said.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BsIYf2qBr79/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BsIYf2qBr79/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">New threads for the New Year. @camillaandmarc for @9newssydney</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/deborah_knight/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Deborah Knight</a> (@deborah_knight) on Jan 2, 2019 at 3:45am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Knight started off as a presenter and reporter 20 years ago on the ABC TV show <em>Landline</em>, a regional and rural program that focussed on farming, weather, mining and fishery issues.</p> <p>Since then, she has become the co-host of Nine’s breakfast morning show <em>Today</em>.</p> <p> </p>

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Eric Bana’s new true crime TV series that fans can't get enough of

<p>True crime thriller<span> </span><em>Dirty John</em> has been receiving accolades from critics all around the globe. Starring Eric Bana and Connie Britton, the Netflix series is based on a true story, revolving around John Meehan – a con artist and sociopath.</p> <p>Britton plays Debra Newell, 59, an interior designer who hasn’t had much success when it comes to love. After a series of embarrassing dates, she crosses paths with 55-year-old John (Bana), a charming doctor.</p> <p>Set in California’s Newport Harbor, the story then slowly reveals Debra’s infatuation with John, but her entitled daughter Veronica (Juno Temple) gets a feeling that something isn’t quite right.</p> <p>While the first half of the series is predictable, with many choosing to opt out before reaching the end, the show's strength lies with the story-tellers' providing an insight into human nature.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BuR25yWhp-C/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BuR25yWhp-C/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Show Me The Podcast (@showmethepodcast)</a> on Feb 24, 2019 at 1:07pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The way people deal with trauma, past relationships, their beliefs and their desires – and how all of this factor into their strange behaviour and decisions.</p> <p>On one end we have Debra rationalising John’s mistakes due to her unlucky history with love and men, and on the other we have her nephew Toby (Kevin Zegers) providing excuses for the murder of his own mother.</p> <p>The final result is a show that is intense and gripping, and one that will keep you hooked all the way through.</p> <p>If you enjoy true crime, then this TV show is one that cannot be missed, as Bana and Britton provide a valuable insight into the minds of their characters.</p> <p>All eight episodes of <em>Dirty John</em> can be streamed on Netflix.</p> <p>Have you been watching <em>Dirty John</em>? Let us know what you think of the show in the comments below. </p>

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“He thought I couldn’t do it”: Cassandra Thorburn reveals the real reason she went on Dancing With The Stars

<p>She’s recently made headlines after her high profile divorce from ex-husband and former <em>Today</em> show host Karl Stefanovic, but now Cassandra Thorburn is leaving all that behind as she competes on reality TV series, <em>Dancing With The Stars</em>.</p> <p>When asked by <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/opinion/brutal-remark-that-spurred-on-cass-thorburn/news-story/4d50600300f4b8dabe9e1f51297743e4" target="_blank"><em>The Sunday Telegraph</em></a> on what exactly made her want to compete on the show, the response was unexpected as the mother-of-three revealed that it was her teenage son's lack of support that drove her towards the competition.</p> <p>“I went to Jackson, my eldest, and I said, ‘I think I’m going to do <em>DWTS</em>’ and he turned and said, ‘No, you’re not – you can’t f***ing dance’ and right then and there I decided it was time I learnt to dance. So I signed up,” explained Thorburn.</p> <p>“If Jackson – who did 10 years of ballet – thinks I can’t dance, then I’m going to learn to dance.”</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BuIs4JqA2ey/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BuIs4JqA2ey/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Cassandra Thorburn (@cassthorburn)</a> on Feb 20, 2019 at 11:46pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>But her teenage son wasn’t the only one who inspired the 47-year-old to reach for the stars, as earlier in the year, she told <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/" target="_blank">The Daily Telegraph</a> </em>about a conversation she had with her late father Max that changed her perspective on everything.</p> <p>It was one of the last conversations I had with my dad before he passed away,” she said. “(He told me) If you said no … you will regret it one day.”</p> <p>She also enjoys challenges, and with one knocking on her doorstep, it was hard to pass up.</p> <p>“I love a challenge, love a challenge, I’m quite sprightly about challenges,” she said.</p> <p>Despite the heartfelt revelation, Thorburn hasn’t started off on the right foot, as after a rough week, she and her dancing partner Marco de Angelis finished on the bottom of the leader board.</p> <p>“I did have a bit of a cry the other day with Marco and the producer but at the end of the day I did put myself in this position and I knew that this would be the case and I’m trying to show people that when life throws you a curve ball don’t think that’s it,” she told <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/opinion/brutal-remark-that-spurred-on-cass-thorburn/news-story/4d50600300f4b8dabe9e1f51297743e4" target="_blank">The Sunday Telegraph</a>.</em></p> <p>“Things can change, things can look up, just keep putting one foot in front of the other – fake it until you make it and one day you wake up and you’re really happy. It actually becomes a reality.”</p> <p>Thorburn also shared that she signed up to<em> DWTS</em> in the hope of “reclaiming” her identity.</p> <p>“If other women or men from separated families – if they get inspiration from that, fantastic. I’m doing it because that’s what I need to do for my family. A lot of women are in the same position as me – they’ve raised children and are trying to get back into the workforce – that’s what this is,” she said.</p> <p>Are you rooting for Cassandra to come out on top on <em>DWTS</em>? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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