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Erin Molan scores new gig amid ugly saga with Andrew Johns

<p>Erin Molan is set to host Channel Nine’s coverage of the <em>Women’s T20 World Cup</em> in a new twist of the ugly saga surrounding both her and Andrew Johns.</p> <p>Fans gave Nine a lashing last year after Australian tennis legend Todd Woodbridge hosted their coverage of the <em>Ashes</em> series in England.</p> <p>Since Nine and Seven switched their coverages of the cricket and tennis last year, Ashes coverage had little to no recognisable cricket hosts.</p> <p>The issue arises again with the upcoming <em>Women’s T20 World Cup</em> as Molan gears up to host the cricket starting on Friday.</p> <p>Molan and Bracey were both used to host Nine’s coverage of the <em>Australian Open</em> in January, as well as the <em>NRL</em> in 2019.</p> <p>She will be joined by fellow <em>NRL</em> host James Bracey, with Woodbridge not required.</p> <p>However, drama continued to follow Molan as it is reported both she and Johns had an ugly falling out in 2019.</p> <p>It was initially reported by<span> </span><em><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/nrl/fallout-in-the-nine-commentary-box-david-klemmers-generosity-and-flanno-to-the-dragons/news-story/86bde887bc19f24e9084a2dd572a2129" target="_blank">The Sunday Telegraph</a></span></em><span> </span>that Johns had walked out on his role on <em>Friday night football</em> due to an “awkward” falling out with Molan.</p> <p>While John began the 2019 season of the show alongside Molan, he disappeared halfway throughout the year and was subsequently replaced by Billy Slater.</p> <p>It was a move that Channel Nine defended as a kind gesture from Johns to allow Slater more air time.</p> <p>Johns himself denied the reports, telling the <em>Telegraph</em>: “Where did you hear that from? Good old rugby league just thrives on rumours and innuendo.”</p> <p>Erin appeared in an interview a few months later, and seemed to show she felt the heat from loyal fans.</p> <p>She was brought to tears in an interview on <em>WSFM </em>in October, where she broke her silence on the Johns saga while in an interview with Jonesy and Amanda.</p> <p>“I am so sorry, I haven’t put my contacts in this morning. I had a rough night. I didn’t sleep very well and these are prescriptions,” Molan explained as she was wearing sunglasses.</p> <p>Brendan Jones and Amanda Keller both threw their support behind Molan - bringing the Channel Nine presenter to tears.</p> <p>“I get emotional with this Erin, I don’t understand why people give you a hard time,” Keller said.</p> <p>“It pisses me off. And I think it’s because you are so professional and you are so good at your job, that I think that men don’t like you being good at what they still see as their world.</p> <p>“I admire the pants off you or the eyeballs off you and I just think you are the most professional female and it’s threatened everybody.”</p> <p>Keller was also brought to tears after seeing Molan break down.</p>

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Jacqui Lambie denies being complicit in government’s “vortex of secrecy”

<p><span>Jacqui Lambie has implored Australians to trust her after she was accused of being “sucked into the vortex of secrecy that is our current Government”.</span></p> <p><span>The Tasmanian senator appeared on Monday’s edition of <em><a href="https://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2020-02-18/jacqui-lambie-calls-for-trust-while-damning-government/11973522?pfmredir=sm&amp;sf230280471=1">Q&amp;A</a></em>, which focused on the Australian public’s lack of trust in their political representatives.</span></p> <p><span>When questioned about getting children to trust elected officials, Lambie said it was too much to ask at the moment.</span></p> <p><span>“Trust comes with leadership and in this country we’re lacking leadership,” she said. “I don’t know how you teach your children to have trust when my generation and the one below does not trust those people in high office.”</span></p> <p><span>Lambie urged the Morrison government to handle the sports rorts scandal with greater transparency.</span></p> <p><span>“Don't say ‘there is nothing to see here’ when millions of Australians can quite clearly see there is something to see here,” she said.</span></p> <p><span>“We have got a report that they won’t release. If there is nothing wrong with that report and there is nothing to see here, then release it.”</span></p> <p><span>However, Lambie was called out later when an audience member asked why she voted to repeal the medevac bill, which allows refugees being held on Manus Island and Nauru to visit Australia temporarily for medical treatment.</span></p> <p><span>In December, the medical evacuation law was repealed after the key crossbencher made a “<a href="https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/dec/04/medevac-repeal-bill-passes-after-jacqui-lambie-makes-secret-deal-with-coalition">secret deal</a>” with the Coalition.</span></p> <p><span>The audience member said the senator was being “sucked into the vortex of secrecy that is our current government”.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">How can we have trust in politicians when the political process seems to operate in a “vortex of secrecy”? <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/QandA?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#QandA</a> <a href="https://t.co/BznUUXzg8s">pic.twitter.com/BznUUXzg8s</a></p> — ABC Q+A (@QandA) <a href="https://twitter.com/QandA/status/1229359607002230785?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 17, 2020</a></blockquote> <p><span>Lambie denied the accusation and asked the public to “believe the best outcome will come”.</span></p> <p><span>She said while she would like to “get it off their chest straight away”, she could not discuss the matter due to the “national security implications”.</span></p> <p><span>“I know I’m asking a big ask and I did it last year standing up, but I just can’t say anything,” she said. </span></p> <p><span>“I’m asking you to trust me, that I believe the best outcome will come.”</span></p> <p><span>Host Hamish Macdonald suggested Lambie might be hypocritical for demanding transparency in the sports rorts case.</span></p> <p><span>Lambie responded, “First of all, the sports rorts has no national security attached to it. So that’s a big thing. I was in the armed forces for 10 years and am very aware of national security and how it works.</span></p> <p><span>“I’m asking the people on the judgement that I’ve made just to trust me.”</span></p> <p><span>Lambie said the Morrison government could not ask the public to just “trust” them because they have “no credits left on the board”.</span></p> <p><span>According to a 2019 election study by the Australian National University, trust in the Australian government has reached a record low, with just <a href="https://www.sbs.com.au/news/australians-trust-in-government-reaches-new-all-time-low-study-shows">a quarter of Australians confident in their political leaders and institutions</a>. </span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Serena Lillywhite is the CEO of Transparency International Australia. She says Australia’s score on the Corruption Perception Index has dropped eight points in eight years. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/QandA?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#QandA</a> <a href="https://t.co/Lr0FByOgmF">pic.twitter.com/Lr0FByOgmF</a></p> — ABC Q+A (@QandA) <a href="https://twitter.com/QandA/status/1229366927136415744?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 17, 2020</a></blockquote> <p><span>Serena Lillywhite, CEO of Transparency International in Australia, said the country’s score in the Corruption Perceptions Index has dropped eight points in eight years to 77, with 100 being the cleanest and zero being the most corrupt.</span></p> <p>“Our Government is really characterised at the moment, I think, by … listening to these well-connected individuals, powerful special interest groups, who are really trying to influence the way policy is made, the way decisions are made for their own interests and for businesses’ interests,” she said.</p>

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“I just didn’t see it coming”: Jason Hodges on why his Better Homes axing was a mistake

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Beloved landscaping expert Jason Hodges from Better Homes and Gardens was “absolutely gutted” after learning that he would be axed from the show he called home for 16 years in December 2019.</p> <p>At the time, the Sydney father-of-two made little public comment but has since emerged after the Christmas and New Year break to speak about being cut from the show.</p> <p>“I just didn’t see it coming,” he said to<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://au.lifestyle.yahoo.com/better-homes-and-gardens-host-jason-hodges-on-shock-axing-234311555.html" target="_blank">Yahoo Lifestyle</a></em>.</p> <p>“I know it’s television and I know people lose their jobs, I know shows finish, but I just didn’t see it coming,” he adds.</p> <p>Affectionately known as “Hodgie” by fans and co-hosts on the show, he is still coming to terms with losing his job.</p> <p>“I thought I was doing the best that I could. I was personable, I wasn’t a diva. I helped set up in the morning and pack down in the afternoon. I was just one of the boys, not a ‘presenter’,” he says.</p> <p>“I just felt like ‘the good guy comes last’ kind of thing,” he adds.</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/B6UnkIFjeTQ/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=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/B6UnkIFjeTQ/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Jason Hodges (@jasonhodgesandco)</a> on Dec 20, 2019 at 9:07pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Hodges feels like his axing from the show was due to attempts refresh the existing audience of the show.</p> <p>“I think that television networks don’t do the market research that they should and especially in this decision… [the Channel Seven execs are] trying to attract a younger audience that doesn’t exist [because] your average 25-year-old doesn’t watch <em>Better Homes and Gardens</em>,” he says.</p> <p>“[Seven execs] invested 20 years in me and then got rid of me. I think they live in a television bubble where they think that ‘shiny’ replaces ‘authentic’,” he adds.</p> <p>The man replacing Hodges is British-accented Charlie Albone of<span> </span><em>Selling Houses Australia</em>. However, he has no ill feelings towards his replacement and looks back on his time on the show fondly.</p> <p>“I had twenty fantastic years and losing my job is dead set one minute of a lifetime. I have nothing but the best memories of the people I was with and the things I got to see and I will never ever let that go,” he says.</p> <p>“But losing my job, it hurt me because I loved my job and I was doing it to the best of my ability and it was a kick in the guts but that’s not going to change my opinion of the people I worked with or what I managed to achieve,” he adds.</p> <p>Despite doing “more grandiose things”, Hodges says that the most rewarding part of his job was doing makeovers for “nice people”.</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/B44OXX5jzg7/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=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/B44OXX5jzg7/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Jason Hodges (@jasonhodgesandco)</a> on Nov 14, 2019 at 11:57pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“There are more grandiose things I’ve done. I’ve won gold at the Melbourne Garden Show six times and I’ve got to go to Chelsea [Flower Show in London] and compete with the best in the world but it was honestly doing makeovers for nice people that was the most rewarding,” he says.</p> <p>Hodges has also encountered an outpouring of support from fans who are devastated by him leaving the show.</p> <p>“People have walked up to me in Bunnings crying [and I’m] getting personal, handwritten letters. It makes feel loved but disappointed that it’s been taken away,” he says.</p> <p>“The support that’s been shown [to me] over the past couple of weeks, it’s always been there and you just don’t know what you’ve got til it’s gone,” he adds.</p> <p>As for what he's doing next? Hodges plans on taking it easy. </p> <p>“I need to change my lifestyle. The hustle and bustle of Sydney - the tolls, the parking, the units going up…” he trails off.</p> <p>“Berry is heaven, it’s green and lush with rolling hills and the people are even better than the landscape. The sense of community is amazing,” he adds.</p> <p>“My dream job would be a ‘real’ version of [Foxtel program] <em>River Cottage Australia</em> where we’d get bees and chickens and I try to raise pigs and show the success and failure of it all,” he explained.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="post-action-bar-component-wrapper"> <div class="post-actions-component"> <div class="upper-row"><span class="like-bar-component"></span> <div class="watched-bookmark-container"></div> </div> </div> </div>

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“She lives a teenage life like no other”: Greta Thunberg to get her own TV series

<p>BBC Studios has announced a new documentary series about Greta Thunberg, following the 17-year-old’s “international crusade” with environmental campaigning.</p> <p>The new show will see Thunberg meet with scientists, politicians and businesspeople to explore the evidence around climate change. It also promises to share her “journey into adulthood” and some “quiet moments” as she prepares her speeches and “lives a teenage life like no other”.</p> <p>“Climate change is probably the most important issue of our lives so it feels timely to make an authoritative series that explores the facts and science behind this complex subject,” executive producer Rob Liddell said in a statement Monday.</p> <p>“To be able to do this with Greta is an extraordinary privilege, getting an inside view on what it’s like being a global icon and one of the most famous faces on the planet.”</p> <p>The title and number of episodes are yet to be determined.</p> <p>Thunberg is also the subject of a Hulu documentary airing this year,<span> </span><a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://deadline.com/2020/02/bbc-studios-series-greta-thunberg-1202856214/" target="_blank"><em>Deadline</em></a><span> </span>reported.</p> <p>Thunberg came into prominence after she began organising school climate strikes in 2018. She <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2020/feb/10/greta-thunberg-to-make-new-documentary-series-for-the-bbc" target="_blank">has since addressed the UN Climate Action Summit</a> and been named Person of the Year for 2019 by<span> </span><em>Time</em><span> </span>magazine.</p> <p>The climate activist has argued that too little is being done by political leaders to address rising global temperatures.</p>

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Roger Federer responds to Greta Thunberg criticism: “I am misused”

<p>Tennis veteran Roger Federer has responded mounting scrutiny regarding his controversial partnership with Swiss bank Credit Suisse after he was criticised by Greta Thunberg last month.</p> <p>In January, a group of climate activists raided a Credit Suisse office in Switzerland to protest against the bank's investments in fossil fuels.</p> <p>The dozen of activists began to play tennis in a stiff call-out to Federer as they urged him to cut ties with the institution which they claim has provided over $85 billion to companies searching for new fossil fuel deposits.</p> <p>Brandishing banners read: "Credit Suisse is destroying the planet. Roger, do you support them?"</p> <p>Thunberg would soon retweet the initial post from 350.org, asking Federer to "wake up now".</p> <p>That gave birth to the hashtag #RogerWakeUpNow which was quick to begin trending on Twitter.</p> <p>Prior to the Australian Open the 38-year-old had touched on the incident claiming that he was open to "innovative solutions" to climate change and discussing "important issues" with Credit Suisse.</p> <p>"I take the impacts and threat of climate change very seriously, particularly as my family and I arrive in Australia amid devastation from the bush fire," Federer said in a statement to<span> </span>Reuters.</p> <p>But before his charity exhibition match against Rafael Nadal in South Africa over the weekend, the Swiss Maestro doubled own on his stance, and argued his persona was being leveraged.</p> <p>However before he began his charity exhibition match against Rafael Nadal in South Africa over the weekend, he argued his personal was being leveraged.</p> <p>"I am sometimes misused for certain purposes," Federer told Swiss publication<span> </span>Tages Anzeiger.</p> <p>"When I help one person, I am criticised for not doing it with others. I have reached a point where I have to think carefully about what I am doing.</p> <p>"But I also have to be able to overlook criticism. I can't be everywhere, I can't do everything. I am also a father and tennis player.</p> <p>"I am aware that I can make a difference, take the microphone and address certain things. But I can't do that all the time.</p> <p>"It is important that you choose the right things at the right time and get your message across in a fair way. Not by attacking others.</p> <p>"I know I can make a difference with my popularity. For others, for the planet, for the animals. And I think it's good what has recently been raised about collective consciousness."</p> <p>Federer’s charity initiative at Cape Town Stadium was to raise money for the <em>Roger Federer Foundation.</em></p> <p>His organisation supports early childhood education in six African countries.</p> <p>The foundation was hoping to top $US1 million from the exhibition. It raised a whopping $US3.5 million.</p>

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“Lordy, what WAS I thinking?”: Lisa Wilkinson's different looks throughout the years

<p>Lisa Wilkinson has taken her fans on a trip down memory lane with a special collage showcasing her looks from teenage years to present.</p> <p>In the collage posted on her Instagram account on Thursday, the <em>Project </em>host could be seen sporting a range of looks, including long and straight hair, bold lips and curled updo.</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/B8NQDqyFh5U/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=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/B8NQDqyFh5U/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Thanks so much to whoever did this... (I think.) Lordy, what WAS I thinking with that Beauty &amp; The Beast “look” middle row far left???😂😂😂 Now, which style for the @theprojecttv tonight? All suggestions welcome. And be nice!! 😉😀 #hairhistory #hairstyles #myhairhistory #tbt #throwback #throwbackthursday</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/lisa_wilkinson/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Lisa Wilkinson</a> (@lisa_wilkinson) on Feb 5, 2020 at 5:30pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“Lordy, what WAS I thinking with that <em>Beauty &amp; The Beast</em> ‘look’ middle row far left?” the 60-year-old joked, referring to the now-defunct panel show she was a part of.</p> <p>“Now, which style for the [<em>Project</em>] tonight? All suggestions welcome.”</p> <p>Fans shared their ideas and support for Wilkinson in the comments.</p> <p>“So gorgeous, no matter what, when or where,” one wrote.</p> <p>“You know you’re winning when you keep looking better as time goes on!” another commented.</p> <p>“Stunning from the first to the last picture,” one added.</p>

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Trial by fire for Q&A host Hamish Macdonald's first show

<p><em>Q&amp;A </em>has kicked off the new year with a fiery episode as New South Wales Liberal senator Jim Molan took the centre stage in the discussion on Australia’s bushfire crisis.</p> <p>The ABC show returned on Monday night in Queanbeyan under new host Hamish Macdonald, with the panel focusing on the recent bushfire season. The audience consisted of community members of the fire-affected city.</p> <p>Geophysicist and climatologist Michael Mann said the summer’s weather conditions were not the “new normal”, but Australia should join the global efforts to lower carbon emissions to prevent weather conditions.</p> <p>“[For] every scientific institution in the world that’s weighed in on this matter, climate change is real,” Professor Mann said.</p> <p>“It’s human caused. It’s already leading to disastrous impacts here in Australia and around the rest of the world. And it will get much worse if we don’t act.”</p> <p>Macdonald then asked the senator, “Jim Molan, do you accept the scientific view?”</p> <p>“I certainly accept that the climate is changing, it has changed and it will change. As to whether it is human-induced climate change, my mind is open,” Molan said to boos and jeers from the audience.</p> <p>“I respect, very much respect scientific opinion but every day across my desk comes enough information for me to say that there are other opinions.”</p> <p>When asked what information he was relying on, Molan said, “I’m not relying on evidence, Hamish.”</p> <p>The crowd erupted to laughter.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">“I’m not relying on evidence, Hamish” - Jim Molan, Liberal Senator <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/qanda?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#qanda</a> <a href="https://t.co/fZk5443Wpi">pic.twitter.com/fZk5443Wpi</a></p> — H Wise (@H_j_wise) <a href="https://twitter.com/H_j_wise/status/1224315412495523845?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 3, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>This bushfire season has burnt more than 18 million hectares of land across the country, <a href="https://www.unenvironment.org/news-and-stories/story/ten-impacts-australian-bushfires">UN Environment</a> reported. More than 2,700 homes and an estimated 1 billion animals have been lost.</p> <p>Andrew Constance, member for Bega and NSW Transport and Roads Minister, told the panel that he was traumatised from fighting fires.</p> <p>“I’ve cried, I’ve been hugged, I’ve been loved, but the trauma of this is so profound and it’s affecting thousands of people across our regions and we need help,” Constance said.</p>

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Chloe Lattanzi shares mum Olivia Newton-John’s comment on Dancing With The Stars appearance

<p>The daughter of <em>Grease </em>icon Olivia Newton-John is ready to claim her own title as a dance star.</p> <p>After she was announced as a contestant for the upcoming season of <em>Dancing With The Stars</em>, Chloe Lattanzi shared that her mother was “excited” about her appearance on the reality show.</p> <p>“Oh, she’s so excited!” Lattanzi told <em><a href="https://10daily.com.au/entertainment/tv/a200131gqjtl/shes-so-excited-chloe-lattanzi-says-mum-olivia-newton-john-cant-wait-to-see-her-slay-dwts-20200202">10daily</a></em>. “She’s like, ‘this is a perfect show for you, Chloe!’ because I love to dance. It’s one of my biggest loves and to getting to do this with professional dancers and wearing all these amazing costumes and donating prize money to the charity of your choice, that’s just amazing.”</p> <p>In an interview with <em><a href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/lifestyle/stellar/chloe-lattanzi-i-hit-rock-bottom/news-story/675495a34e7d3930c675894ba86663e4">Stellar</a></em>, the 34-year-old dancer and singer revealed that she sought out the spot on the program because she wanted to establish an identity of her own.</p> <p>“It feels really good to be able to be my own person – to be Chloe Lattanzi and not Olivia Newton-John’s daughter,” she said. “I’m my mum’s biggest fan, but she’s ready for me to be me, too.”</p> <p>She also wanted to rise beyond her struggles with anorexia, depression and body dysmorphia. “I want people to see me for who I am, not an illness I overcame,” she said.</p> <p>“People forget that I’m a legitimate singer and musician because my depression and anxiety have overshadowed that part of me.”</p> <p>Nevertheless, she hoped her time on the dance competition will help others who are going through the same issues.</p> <p>“I’d like to use my platform to raise awareness about mental health and ways to cope,” she told <em>10daily</em>. “I’m not in those places mentally anymore but I would talk about it [on the show] to help other people.”</p> <p>Speaking to <em><a href="https://hollywoodlife.com/2020/01/28/olivia-newton-john-daughter-chloe-lattanzi-dwts/">HollywoodLife</a></em>, Newton-John said the opportunity was “a dream” for her daughter.</p> <p>When asked if she had any advice for Lattanzi ahead of the contest, Newton-John replied, “I just said, ‘Be yourself and have fun’.”</p> <p>Lattanzi is the only daughter of Newton-John and actor Matt Latanzi.</p>

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Fiery debate erupts over news reporters’ risqué outfit choice

<p>A fiery debate has erupted over a Belgian journalist and a former pro cyclist, when he made a crude comment towards a young female reporter’s clothing choice while covering the Vuelta a San Juan in Argentina.</p> <p>Former pro cyclist Sven Spoormakers referred to the reporter’s low-cut top after taking a screenshot of her interviewing one of the riders for television, asking in Dutch: “Is it cool in Argentina?”</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.4992025518341px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7834244/firestorm-over-clothing-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/ab48e546884b4172810c54d2768d4cef" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>The young female reporter was working on the Vuelta a San Juan in Argentina.</em></p> <p>The response was bitter and fiery after numerous fans and pundits condemned him for allegedly sexually objectifying the young reporter.</p> <p>Australian journalist Sophie Smith criticised Spoormakers on his remark, writing: “Seriously? Please tell me this is lost in translation and you did not just publicly objectify a young female reporter.</p> <p>“Speaking from experience, let me say she does the exact same job as you but has to work and withstand twice as much still because of bulls*** like this.”</p> <p>Spoormakers refused to back down from his controversial statement, however and shot back a fiery response:  “Objectify, really? Come on. Don’t draw the feminist card on this one. She knows exactly what she’s wearing – or not wearing – and why.</p> <p>“If I would interview a female athlete with my balls out, you’d be joking about it too. Or calling it a disgrace.”</p> <p>Smith then incredulously hit back: “So it’s her fault because you can’t stop looking at her boobs?</p> <p><em><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7834246/sven-spoormakers.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/34fbcdb2baf04d798507de56f5fc2288" /><br /></em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Sven Spoormakers competing in the Amstel Curacao Race 2010.</em></p> <p>“What’s she meant to do, wear a potato sack so you don’t get excited?</p> <p>“If I take a picture of you at work, post it and comment on how small your d**k looks in a pair of shorts would you be all right with that?”</p> <p>British reporter Ned Boulting added his opinion to the conversation to lend his support, quoting one of Smith’s tweets and writing: “Over and over and over again, my female colleagues have to defend themselves from institutional disrespect.</p> <p>“I take your voice, Sophie, and I add mine.”</p> <p>Spoormakers’ tweets were also taken by upset fans, with one writing: “Mate, she’s wearing a top. That’s it. What’s the problem? Jesus Christ you’re a dinosaur.”</p> <p>Another added: “She isn’t exposed in any way Sven. You commented inappropriately as if her body is available for you to simply discuss. That’s objectifying her. Not cool.”</p> <p>While another person on social media added: “Absolutely frustrating. @SvenSpoormakers your comment is inappropriate.</p> <p>“We are more than the clothes we wear. If you can’t understand why your comment is inappropriate I suggest getting some training around sexism.”</p>

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Tennis greats back-pedal in the wake of Margaret Court protest

<p><span>Tennis greats Martina Navratilova and John McEnroe have apologised for a breach of “protocol” at the Australian Open after being taken to task by tournament organisers for an on-court protest against Margaret Court.</span></p> <p><span>The two former tennis stars demanded for Court’s name to be taken off the second showcourt at Melbourne Park on Tuesday and be replaced by Australia’s former world number on Evonne Goolagong.</span></p> <p><span>Margaret, who holds the all-time record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles, has been heavily criticised for voicing her religious-based views on same-sex marriage and transgender athletes.</span></p> <p><span>But despite it all, Tennis Australia criticised Navratilova and McEnroe’s protest at Margaret Court Arena as a breach of protocol.</span></p> <p><span>“I got in trouble, I am sorry I broke protocol,” said 18-times Grand Slam champion Navratilova, who is openly gay on Wednesday.</span></p> <p><span>“I had no idea there was this kind of protocol. Had I known, I would have done it differently. But I would still have tried to make my statement, which is that you name buildings after not what people just did on the court, but also off the court, the whole body of work.</span></p> <p><span>“So I’ve said my piece … but I do apologise about breaking protocol. I did not need to do that.”</span></p> <p><span>McEnroe also revealed that he wasn’t aware of the rules surrounding Tennis Australia.</span></p> <p><span>“Admittedly I was never one to study the rule book carefully or for that matter, even at times abide by the rules,” he said in a statement.</span></p> <p><span>“For that I apologise to Tennis Australia and recognise and appreciate the great job they have done to make the Australian Open a great event for the fans, players and myself.”</span></p> <p><span>Margaret was honoured in a small ceremony which was held at Rod Laver Arena on Monday marking the 50th anniversary of her 1970 calendar Grand Slam. </span></p>

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“Isolate your children”: Karl Stefanovic questions education minister’s coronavirus plan for schools

<p>Fired up Karl Stefanovic clashed with Federal Education Minister Dan Tehan live on air over the government’s coronavirus advice to school as students head back to class.</p> <p>The government and health authorities are currently taking extra care not to incite unnecessary panic, but the<span> </span><em>Today</em><span> </span>show host pointed out the potentially high stakes.</p> <p>Stefanovic then called into question the confidence from the education minister.</p> <p>“With the greatest respect, the advice is changing so quickly ... Last night, it changed in the dead of the night,” Stefanovic said, seemingly referring to Foreign Minister Marise Payne announcing just after midnight advice not travel to central China's Hubei Province.</p> <p>“Now it is going to evolve into something else. Isn’t it better that we take precautions now and take it to the extreme?</p> <p>“And we’re talking about the extreme,” he noted.</p> <p>“Just isolate your kids for two weeks, that is not a big burden, ... Otherwise we run the risk of this thing going and spreading faster than we can take control of.”</p> <p>However, Tehan stood firm by his position, saying that the government would update its stance in line with advice from medical experts.</p> <p>“(The) advice is unless you’ve been in direct contact with someone who has the virus or is showing symptoms, you are fine to go to school or go to a childcare centre,” he said.</p> <p>“Individual schools can make their own decisions. But as education minister, with Health Minister Greg Hunt, we’ve got to take the advice of the medical experts. It is medical experts not only here in Australia, but also overseas.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">“Unless you’ve been in direct contact with someone who has the virus… you’re fine to go to school or go to a childcare centre.” Education Minister Tehan is urging Australians to listen to the advice of medical professionals in regards to Coronavirus. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/9Today?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#9Today</a> <a href="https://t.co/WTwHnM6PHy">pic.twitter.com/WTwHnM6PHy</a></p> — The Today Show (@TheTodayShow) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheTodayShow/status/1222263408327897095?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 28, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>Stefanovic was not pleased with this, saying that the government isn’t doing enough.</p> <p>“The thing is, it seems like a whole lot worse than your position,” Stefanovic told the minister.</p> <p>“Schools are taking it into their own hands, because they don’t clearly believe you are doing enough at this point and the reality is you don’t have a say do you.”</p> <p>Tehan remained silent as Stefanovic continued his tirade.</p> <p>“This sort of information flow is just weird, and it’s not good enough,” Stefanovic said.</p> <p>“The problem is you’ve got parents at home not knowing what to do because the information has not been clear and present.”</p> <p>On Tuesday, Tehan raised eyebrows by rebuking schools who said that international students should stay away from Australia. Tehan said that Australia should send a message, saying that the country is open for international students.</p> <p>Network Ten’s political editor Peter Van Onselen was less than impressed.</p> <p>“I really am shocked by the recklessness of Tehan’s comments,” he wrote on Twitter on Tuesday.</p> <p>“If Tehan really feels so relaxed about the risks he should sit down in a closed room with a large number of people arriving back from over there for days on end to discuss the issue... take his children too, given he expects us to put ours in harm’s way.”</p> <p>Prime Minister Scott Morrison has since responded to the Australians impacted by the coronavirus, saying that the Aussies evacuated from the epicentre of the outbreak will be quarantined on Christmas Island.</p> <p>“We have taken the decision this morning to prepare a plan for an operation to provide some assisted departures for isolated and vulnerable Australians in Wuhan and the Hubei province,” Mr Morrison said at a press conference in Canberra this morning.</p> <p>“I stress there is a rather limited window here and we are moving very, very swiftly to ensure we can put this plan together.”</p> <p>However, he has stressed that there is "no guarantee" that the quarantine will be successful in stopping the virus.</p> <p>Morrison also urged Australians to get information from official sources due to the mass amount of misinformation spreading about the virus.</p> <p>“A key part of our armoury is information, and having the right information, and ensuring people are going to the right source of information and making decisions based on that accurate information,” he said.</p> <p>“I would encourage all Australians to focus on getting that information from the trusted sources, which are directly from public health authorities.”</p>

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Ellen DeGeneres to interview Duchess Meghan?

<p>Ellen DeGeneres has said she’s “excited” to interview Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, seemingly confirming the first interview with the royal after her and Prince Harry’s exit from the royal family.</p> <p>Since stepping down, there has been speculation about a potential “tell-all” interview, with experts weighing in on who the couple may speak to.</p> <p>Some are guessing that the couple would choose Meghan’s friend, Gayle King, to discuss their exit, others believe that Oprah Winfrey may be the one to interview the pair.</p> <p>There was also whispers circulating that Harry and Meghan would sit down with DeGeneres for their first major interview since leaving “the firm”. And now, the talk show host may have confirmed the rumours.</p> <p>Asked on camera on Friday if she was keen to do a tell-all interview with Meghan, the 62-year-old responded: “Sure, I’m excited”.</p> <p>She was out and about in a Los Angeles neighbourhood at the time and was on a lengthy phone call, so it’s unclear how serious her response was.</p> <p>But behind the scenes, plans are reportedly already in place to set up the tell-all royal interview.</p> <p>“Ellen and Meghan have already discussed a sit-down interview. That has been in the works for quite some time now,” a source at the Ellen Show told the Daily Mail.</p> <p>Meghan and DeGeneres have met in the past at a dog shelter in LA a few years ago. The host has also defended the couple in the past, so it’s possible the Duchess would feel safe as she recounts her side of the story to someone she considers a friend.</p> <p>“I see them getting attacked and it’s not fair,” said DeGeneres a little after Archie’s birth.</p> <p>“They are two of the most down-to-earth, compassionate people, they’re doing so much good for the world.”</p> <p>The Sussexes have been extremely quiet since their departure from the royal family, as fans wonder when and if they plan to speak publicly about their decision.</p>

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Karl Stefanovic labels Richard Reid “tosser of the highest order”

<p><em>Today</em> morning show star Karl Stefanovic and occasional <em>Studio 10</em> co-host Richard Reid have appeared on Kyle and Jackie O’s radio show to blast each other.</p> <p>Stefanovic appeared on the KIIS FM’s breakfast show when he was asked how he had first felt when Reid revealed on <em>I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here!</em> last year that the <em>Today</em> star had “hair plugs”.</p> <p>“So I go into the hair room, and this guy looks up and he’s kinda like balding. It was Karl Stefanovic without his spray-on hair … And then he went away and got hair plugs,” Reid said in the jungle.</p> <p>Well, it appears the Stefanovic took the <em>I’m A Celeb</em> star’s words to heart as he said he was “a tosser of the highest order”.</p> <p>“Richard and I have had a beautiful relationship over many years,” Stefanovic said to Kyle and Jackie O. “I never really saw him in person because he was always too busy flapping about.</p> <p>“When he said it (on <em>I’m A Celeb</em>) … I just thought, ‘You’re just a tosser! Richard Reid is a tosser of the highest order!’”</p> <p>Kyle and Jackie O proceeded to ring Reid after Karl’s segment ended to ask his thoughts on the “tosser” comments.</p> <p>“I think it might be a little stretch that our relationship was beautiful,” Reid said.</p> <p>“You two don’t like each other?” Kyle asked.</p> <p>“I like Karl just fine,” Reid replied. “I like him just fine, in small doses. I don’t have a problem with Karl … not much.”</p> <p>When asked why he had a bad relationship with Stefanovic, Reid went on to say: “Karl got a little full of himself. He started talking about himself in the third person. I just like everyone to be down to earth and accessible. He just got a little full of himself and I didn’t really care for that.”</p> <p>Reid also had a dig at the <em>Today</em> show’s poor ratings over the past few years, saying, “I kind of turned off like the rest of Australia”.</p> <p>Karl Stefanovic is currently back on air as host of the <em>Today</em> show after quitting back in 2018, alongside Allison Langdon. Richard Reid, who won <em>I’m A Celeb</em> last year, is a regular co-host on <em>Studio 10</em>.</p>

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"It's insensitive": Australia Day debate breaks out on I'm A Celebrity

<p>Former <em>Great Outdoors</em> host Tom Williams and recently retired AFL player Dale Thomas have weighed in on the heavily controversial Australia Day to argue whether either find the holiday “insensitive” or not.</p> <p>Thursday night’s episode of<span> </span><em>I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here<span> </span></em>showed that while Myf Warhurst and<span> </span><em>MAFS’</em><span> </span>Ryan Gallagher agree the date of the national holiday should be changed from January 26 out of respect – Tom and Dale took it one step further.</p> <p>As reported by<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://au.lifestyle.yahoo.com/australia-day-debate-breaks-out-on-im-a-celebrity-035247476.html?guccounter=1" target="_blank">Yahoo Lifestyle</a>,</em><span> </span>Tom said he preferred for Prime Minister Scott Morrison to call a referendum in order to decide if the change should go ahead but Dale said he found it unnecessary.</p> <p>“It could be a good thing for Scott Morrison to turn around and say, ‘I’ve heard you all, let’s have a referendum,” Tom, a carpenter by trade, proposed.</p> <p>“Or even, go one further and just say ‘We’re doing it,’” Dale responded.</p> <p>Tom quickly agreed with his fellow contestant’s proposal, however said there would likely be an intense backlash that would be similar to the one Australia saw when it was announced Uluru would be closed to climbers.</p> <p>“Yeah, you’re right, mate 100 per cent... it’ll end up like Uluru, a whole bunch of white people racing up there going ‘It’s my right!’ It’s like... ‘No, it’s not mate,’” he says.</p> <p>Dale said he wants Non-Indigenous Australians to understand the difficult and traumatic relationship between the date January 26 and Indigenous people.</p> <p>For many, Australia Day is referred to as Invasion or Survival Day.</p> <p>“For too long we haven’t understood this day for what it was, it was insensitive of us to put it here. We still want a day to celebrate our country and everything that’s great with it, so let’s move it,” he said.</p> <p><em>I’m A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here!</em> airs 7.30 pm Sunday to Thursday on 10.</p>

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Hair of the dog: Amanda Keller cracks up over hilarious dinner party gaff with Lisa Wilkinson

<p>Amanda Keller has shed light on a hilarious dinner party incident involving mashed potato, several alcoholic beverages and Lisa Wilkinson.</p> <p>Sharing her drunken tale on<em><span> </span>Hughesy, We Have A problem</em>, the television personality recounted the moment she scooped up a spilt mound of mashed potato off the floor and served it to her guests – one being<span> </span><em>The Project</em><span> </span>co-host Lisa Wilkinson.</p> <p>Joking that she had downed “a thousand drinks” beforehand, she said it was like “an out of body experience”.</p> <p>“It was awful,” she said in a segment which involved Hughesy matching three different stories written on cards to celebrity guests Arj Barker, Tommy Little and Keller.</p> <p>He had correctly guessed that it was Keller who had the dinner party faux pas, telling the panel it sounded like something a “busy mum” would do.</p> <p>“I thought, I’ll get ahead and make the mashed potato and then just reheat in the microwave,” explained Keller.</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/B7hJybvHAyR/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=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/B7hJybvHAyR/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Who knew there were so many problems in the world? Luckily some of the country’s biggest brains are at your disposal. @hughesywhap tonight 9 on @channel10au</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/amandarosekeller/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Amanda Keller</a> (@amandarosekeller) on Jan 19, 2020 at 2:28pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“Of course I had a thousand drinks,” she joked, adding: “Lisa Wilkinson was a guest at my home that night!” as Wilkinson’s<span> </span><em>Project</em><span> </span>co-host Tommy Little shook his head beside her.</p> <p>“Everyone saw it, it landed at their feet. I had an out of body experience, I scooped it up, dog hairs on the floor everything, put it back in the bowl and put it on the table and just brazened my way through,” she said as the audience broke out in fits of laughter.</p> <p><em>News.com.au</em><span> </span>approached Wilkinson to hear her side of the story, to which she revealed that no one had known that the dish fell to the floor.</p> <p>“She never told us!” she said.</p> <p>“We thought the crunchy topping was some sort of garnish. Then again, dinner at Amanda’s is usually boozy enough to ensure that any side order of roasted germs that came with the potatoes would have been killed off.”</p> <p><em>Hughesy, We Have A Problem returns tonight at 9.00 pm on 10</em></p>

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What you definitely WON'T see on The Block in 2020

<p>The Block host Scott Cam dropped a major hint when wrapping up the popular renovation show last season that gave a major sign at what is to come in 2020.</p> <p>“I’m looking forward to a break. It’s been a big one,” Scotty said at the time.</p> <p>After speaking about Tess and Luke’s incredible win last year, Cam revealed the one thing viewers would not be seeing on the show anytime soon.</p> <p>Throughout recording<span> </span>The Block,<span> </span>Cam made a point to point out to viewers the sheer size of The Oslo – a rundown hotel that Channel 9 reportedly purchased for $10 million.</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/B35aYCUD5Zr/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=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/B35aYCUD5Zr/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">It's been decades since the Oslo's been a shining feature of St Kilda and the teams have clearly brought it back to life! 😍 Click the link in bio to see the amazing transformation take place #TheBlock</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/theblock/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> The Block</a> (@theblock) on Oct 21, 2019 at 3:30pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>While it is believed to have been purchased purely to entice more people into tuning into the program, there is no doubt it impacted the five teams and crew in a sad way.</p> <p>“We learned that it was too big, and we won’t be doing it this big again, I can guarantee it,” Cam told<span> </span><a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://over60.monday.com/boards/63889387/pulses/news.com.au" target="_blank">news.com.au.</a></p> <p>“We always try and go bigger and better but we probably crossed the line.</p> <p>“It’s achievable because it all got done and sold really well. But I think just for the crew and everybody in future, it will still be a big construction and still be big, but it just won’t be as big as this.”</p> <p>The Oslo is twice the size of 2018’s Gatwick renovations and more than six times the size of the original Block in Bondi back in 2003.</p> <p>It took an immense toll on the five teams who competed for the top prize, including a lack of sleep teamed up with the pressure of time restraints.</p> <p>Tess and Luke, who won the biggest prize with their gorgeous four-bedroom home, were the most outspoken couple of all,</p> <p>At one point, Tess said the experience was “destroying” her.</p> <p>“I just want to be left alone. I’m not coping. I’m so sick of it — I can’t do this anymore,” she said during a tiff with Cam about budget issues at the time.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7831985/the-block-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/96e5154e29e84855b11a9d280f043937" /></p> <p>“This is literally destroying us. It is. Luke and I f***ing HATE each other, we don’t stop fighting. What this is doing to us is not good.”</p> <p>The couple also admitted their mental health came under fire especially when they were portrayed as the “lazy” ones on the show.  </p> <p>“It’s really sad that we feel like we have to explain ourselves to people who have no idea who we really are. They’re judging us based on a show that is completely full of sh*t,” Tess said.</p> <p>They were crowned the Blockheads of 2019 after making the most in profit when their apartment was sold at auction – $630,000 above the $2.90 million reserve.</p> <p>Cam acknowledged the journey was a rough one for the couple and the others teams.</p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7829292/the-block.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/757ab61f0a394f88af3a7d18309370e9" /></p> <p>“It’s really been a massive Block. It’s been really hard for them (Tess and Luke), and we are really happy they made some life-changing money,” he said.</p> <p>The TV show host said there were people on hand for the teams to talk to if they were having a hard time.</p> <p>“It’s a rollercoaster. But later in the show, they (Tess and Luke) had a good time. We didn’t edit them to look a certain way.</p> <p>“We just shoot it as we see it and that’s what we saw. And now, when I asked Tess and Luke, ‘Do you like The Block’ … they said, ‘We love it, all $730,000 worth’.”</p> <p>They also pocketed an extra $100,000 for coming first.</p> <p><strong>Here are the final results of The Block 2019:</strong></p> <p>Mitch and Mark – $3.374 million – $384,000 profit</p> <p>Tess and Luke – $3.620 million – $630,00 profit</p> <p>Matt and El’ise – $3.450 million – $460,000 profit</p> <p>Andy and Deb – $2.420 million – $430,000 profit</p> <p>Jesse and Mel – $3.378 million – $388,000 profit</p>

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Major shake-up on the cards for The Project panel in 2020

<p>A Channel Ten executive has confirmed that hit panel show<span> </span><em>The Project</em>is set for a re-shuffle this year after the show struggles to compete with the<span> </span><em>ABC</em>.</p> <p>Speaking to the<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://www.heraldsun.com.au/entertainment/channel-10s-the-project-set-for-a-reshuffle/news-story/450b8a30a62fbbd156767c3cfa50b8f5" target="_blank">Herald Sun</a></em><span> </span>on Thursday, Ten chief content officer Beverley McGarvey said that the almost-nightly changes to the panel line-up will stop.</p> <p>“You won't see the same faces six nights a week but what I would like to have is consistency and familiarity,” she said.</p> <p>Last year, viewers saw a mix of hosts including Susie Youseff, Joel Creasey and Dave Thornton, which is a factor that could be explained by the decreased ratings.</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/B5zXYoulFEz/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=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/B5zXYoulFEz/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by The Project (@theprojecttv)</a> on Dec 7, 2019 at 11:11pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>"We don't want people to feel like they're getting the B-team.</p> <p>"It needs to be that if you see Waleed, Carrie, and Pete on a Monday... it will be every single Monday," she continued.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; 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Amanda Keller “probably won’t even go” to 2020 Logies

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>The 2019 Gold Logies campaign was one to keep an eye on last year, as comedian and<span> </span><em>Hard Quiz</em><span> </span>host Tom Gleeson made a parody of the public voted award. However, others weren’t a fan of his behaviour, with them believing that Amanda Keller should’ve won the coveted Gold Logie.</p> <p>She was nominated but became the target of Gleeson’s aggressive parody campaign.</p> <p>Last night’s episode revealed just how Keller really feels about the issue, according to her<span> </span><em>Living Room<span> </span></em>co-host and close friend Miguel.</p> <p>He said that Keller “probably won’t even go” to the ceremony this year and that Gleeson “wiped his a***” with the award.</p> <p>He was firm in his view that Keller should have won the award.</p> <p>“It would have been hard to beat Tom’s grassroots campaign, it’s crazy,” campmate Dilruk began.</p> <p>“I think Amanda deserved that Gold Logie,” said Miguel, prompting Myf to suggest she may be nominated again.</p> <p>“I don’t think she’s interested, I don’t think she’ll even go,” he said, shaking his head.</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/B5JnB_kJHxK/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=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/B5JnB_kJHxK/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">While gringo is in Antartica getting amazing stories for us @livingroomtv we have this legend @therealbeauryan helping out at the sofa Make sure you watch the amazing @amazingraceau is amazing show ... was that 3 amazings???</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/thecrazybull/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Miguel Maestre</a> (@thecrazybull) on Nov 21, 2019 at 5:59pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>To the camera, he asserted: “I understand the whole point of being funny and comedy, but I think that people in TV, it should be okay to want to win an award, when they have been working all of their life in the craft,” adding to his castmates: “Amanda Keller is the best in her game in radio, TV, acting and whatever she wants to do, she can do … It has to be this taking the piss.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Massive thank you to everyone who voted! Last night, I was mostly showing off to you at home. I really hope you got your money’s worth. Thank you again. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Gleeson4Gold?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Gleeson4Gold</a> <a href="https://t.co/N4d6tXNZky">pic.twitter.com/N4d6tXNZky</a></p> — Tom Gleeson (@nonstoptom) <a href="https://twitter.com/nonstoptom/status/1145583828703928320?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 1, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>Campmate Dilruk said that that was the point of Gleeson’s campaign.</p> <p>“I think that’s his point, was that he wasn’t the best candidate to win it, but that he just ran a good campaign. That’s the whole point he was parodying the whole idea of the award.”</p> <p>However, Miguel wasn’t buying it.</p> <p> “But I don’t think that’s funny,” he said.</p> <p>“I don’t like people bringing other people down to make fun. I think that’s not that smart … and that’s his game, that’s what he does, fantastic I don’t really care much.</p> <p>“I was there and my friend was upset for something, I thought it wasn’t in good taste. And it went for so long- we were just standing there and he went on and on and on and I thought, all these people who are here would like to win that award and work hard every day to win that award, and you are getting that award and wiping your arse with it.”</p> <p>Despite Gleeson reassuring people that there is no bad blood between himself and Keller, who said that she found the situation “funny”, Miguel has made his thoughts known. </p> </div> </div> </div>

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“What I said was dumb”: Steve Price apologised after unleashing on Jacinda Ardern

<p>Steve Price has issued what looks to be a sincere apology to Jacinda Ardern, after receiving criticism for unleashing on the PM on Tuesday night.</p> <p>The controversial broadcaster let loose on <em>The Project </em>when comparing the NZ PM’s family holiday to Australia, with Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s infamous December trip to Hawaii, amid Australia’s worst bushfire season in recorded history.</p> <p>“She should be in her own country and spend money in her own place,” he growled at the time.</p> <p>“Typical virtue-signalling from Ardern. I get sick and tired of that woman!,” he asserted, prompting viewers to call him out as “sexist”.</p> <p>However, his tone took a turn when he phoned in to apologise on <em>The Project</em> to make amends for his comments towards the end of the program.</p> <p>Price, who was absent from show on Wednesday evening, said he regret the way he spoke about Miss Ardern.</p> <p>“Thanks for letting me come back on tonight and apologise to Jacinda Ardern,” he began after fellow co-host Lisa Wilkinson said she had been “shocked” by his comments.</p> <p>“What I said was disrespectful to her as a woman and importantly it was also disrespectful of the office of the Prime Minister of New Zealand, our closest ally. She has got every right to be here in Australia and what I said last night was dumb,” he conceded.</p> <p>“Are you sorry because of the huge backlash that there was over the last 24 hours, or do you genuinely mean that because I think people were particularly offended that you would call her ‘that woman’ and make it about gender,” Wilkinson asked.</p> <p>“I think you have known me long enough that I’m genuine about things,” he said to the panel.</p> <p>“I got home last night, watched myself and thought back and I thought I was wrong to do it. If I make a mistake I own it. I made a mistake last night, a dumb one, and I’m here to say sorry.”</p> <p>He also took the moment to reassure the panel he is “not a climate change sceptic or denier” after making several comments about the bushfire crisis plaguing Australia.</p> <p>I’m someone who is open for debate about this,” he said.</p> <p>His grovelling apology follows after a story about Jacinda Ardern’s holiday to Queensland potentially boosting post-bushfire tourism to Australia left Pricey frustrated.</p> <p>“Why is she not holidaying in New Zealand?,” he questioned to his co-hosts Lisa Wilkinson, and Peter van Onselen.</p> <p>“If you can criticise Scott Morrison going to Hawaii, why is she not in Hamilton or Canterbury. What is she doing hanging around Australia?</p> <p>“She should be in her own country and spend money in her own place. Typical virtue-signalling from Ardern. I get sick and tired of that woman!,” he asserted.</p> <p>“It could be a PM exchange program. We could always cross our fingers,” host Lisa Wilkinson joked in what appeared to be an attempt to keep the peace.</p> <p>However, van Onselen wasn’t so forgiving.</p> <p>“Nobody is saying that the Prime Ministers can’t travel overseas,” he said, laughing.</p> <p>But Price continued to fight his argument: “Hang on, if you are going to criticise Scott Morrison going to Hawaii instead of going to the southern coast of New South Wales, why not criticise her.”</p> <p>“Her country is not on fire, mate,” van Onselen spat back.</p> <p>“So?,” Pricey said.</p> <p>“What do you mean so?”, replied van Onselen.</p> <p>“She should be in New Zealand spending money there,” the controversial broadcaster tersely responded.</p> <p>Wilkinson went on to explain the nation’s heated backlash of Scott Morrison taking a trip to Hawaii was to do with “timing and the fact that he hid it from the public”.</p> <p>“I’m getting tired of Jacinda Ardern doing no wrong,” Pricey concluded.</p> <p><em>The Project airs Sunday – Friday from 7.30 pm on Ten.</em></p>

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