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"Giddy-up!": Sam Armytage reveals ANOTHER new gig

<p><em>Image: Getty</em></p> <p>She’s the former Sunrise host who is set to join the cast of Farmer Wants a Wife in the New Year.</p> <p>Samantha Armytage revealed she has another exciting TV project on the horizon.</p> <p>The 45-year-old will be joining the ‘incredible’ horse racing team at Channel 7, where she will report from the marquee events during racing season.</p> <p>Sharing the news to Instagram, Sam couldn’t hide her excitement as she threw in a spirited ‘giddy-up.’</p> <p>‘Thrilled to be heading back to TV &amp; back to @channel7 next year, helping out on @farmeraustralia &amp; joining the incredible team @7horseracing for marquee events…giddy up and &amp; can’t wait.’</p> <p>This comes after Channel Seven confirmed Sam – who stepped down as host of Sunrise in March – will join the upcoming season of dating show Farmer Wants a Wife as a guest star.</p> <p>On Tuesday morning, the network announced Sam, who married wealthy farmer Richard Lavender late last year, will assist with the matchmaking process alongside host Natalie Gruzlewski.</p> <p>‘I’m thrilled to be joining Farmer Wants a Wife in 2022,’ she said at the time.</p> <p>‘I’ve always been a huge fan of the show and of country people and I know first-hand that falling in love with a farmer is just about the most wonderful thing you can do.’</p> <p>Her guest role will involve hosting a segment called Sam’s choice in which she introduces the farmers to a ‘new lady based on her own expertise and experience.’</p> <p>Angus Ross, Seven’s Director of programming said the network was ‘thrilled to welcome Sam back to our screens’.</p>

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Uncanny Robin Williams impersonation stuns fans

<p><em>Image: Youtube </em></p> <p>Robin Williams’ fans are very excited by actor Jamie Costa’s impersonation of the late star.</p> <p>Costa posted a five-minute clip to his YouTube channel, titled<span> </span><em>ROBIN Test Footage Scene,<span> </span></em>on Tuesday, showing a scene featuring himself as Williams and Sarah Murphree as Pam Dawber on the set of<span> </span><em>Mork &amp; Mindy</em>.</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/0-kOy4s_Z0M" title="YouTube video player" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>The clip shows Dawber interrupting Williams as he runs through lines to break the news of comedian John Belushi’s death – and shows Williams’ reaction to the news.</p> <p>When Murphree tells Costa Belushi had been found dead that morning, Costa finds it hard to digest the news, insisting: “No, I told you, I was with him. John’s not dead, I was with him last night.”</p> <p>Blues Brothers star Belushi died aged 33 of a cocaine and heroin overdose at Chateau Marmont in LA in 1982.</p> <p>After Murphee warns Costa: “I can’t let what happened to him happen to you” and a knock on the door signals it is time for the pair to go back on set, costa returns to reciting lines – this time, with a break in his voice.</p> <p>The short film left some viewers hankering for a full biopic of Williams, who died by suicide in 2014 after battling Lewy body dementia.</p> <p>“Who else has been hoping Jamie would play Robin in a biopic since you saw his first Robin impressions?” one wrote.</p> <p>“It’s one thing to resemble a person but it’s how much he sounds like and has his mannerisms and expressions down that’s so freaking impressive. I hope this movie gets made. I still feel his loss,” said another.</p> <p>“This is absolutely incredible. Make this full length movie and hire this man NOW!” a third wrote.</p>

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Karl's joke about the Queen's walking stick goes global

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Karl Stefanovic has made headlines across the UK after making a crude joke about the Queen using a walking stick at a public engagement for the first time.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The monarch was seen using the stick while attending a service at Westminster Abbey marking the centenary of the Royal British Legion.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height:281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844816/queen-stick.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/3cde2b26359944cc9093727c65ca4188" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Getty Images</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As Alex Cullen reported the day’s headlines on Wednesday, he said, “She was using a cane. She was 95.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Stefanovic replied: “She could use it to beat you up.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I’d let her win. She’s 95,” Cullen joked.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height:281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844814/cullen-queen.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/3b7ca1c8bc49433780edab0d74303d73" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Today / Channel 9</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“She would smash you bro,” Stefanovic continued, to which Cullen said: “She would smash me and then jump on me.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I suppose she is single,” Stefanovic replied, prompting laughter across the panel.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“And shout at me for being a proud Republican,” Stefanovic added.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Since the episode aired, the hosts have received some backlash on social media.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">British supporters of the Queen took to Twitter to share their criticisms and call for Stefanovic’s firing, while British and US news publications described the joke as “crude”, “gross”, and “uncolored”.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Today host Karl Stefanovic makes gross joke about Queen Elizabeth, 95, using a walking stick <a href="https://t.co/vsQdM43R2L">https://t.co/vsQdM43R2L</a></p> — USMAIL24 (@usmail24) <a href="https://twitter.com/usmail24/status/1448255493621886976?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 13, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Not the 1st time Aussie showbiz clowns have mocked Our Royal Family to try &amp; improve their status, when it just shows how pathetically desperate the Aussie mainstream media is for presenters, they have to scrape scum from the barrels,” user Upstart Eagle tweeted.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I’m assuming [Stefanovic’s] aged about 12, in which case he needs his arse smacked and no supper,” author Peter Maughan tweeted.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Karl Stefanovic makes crude joke about the Queen using a walking stick. Stefanovic &amp; Cullen should be fired for their rudeness, disrespect &amp; crude insinuations, that stick is to help our 95 year old Queen &amp; that sort of rubbish on our TV program should be dealt with harshly,</p> — Old Bill (@Cuthred) <a href="https://twitter.com/Cuthred/status/1448119643206529029?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 13, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It was the first time the Queen used the walking aid since 2004, when she was recovering following a knee operation.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Though many are concerned for the Queen’s health, it is understood she used the stick for comfort.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Today / Channel 9</span></em></p>

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“I felt let down”: Kamahl’s open letter to Daryl Somers after Hey Hey smash hit

<p dir="ltr">After<span> </span><em>Hey Hey It’s Saturday</em><span> </span>raked in views once again with the airing of the show’s <a rel="noopener" href="https://oversixty.com.au/entertainment/tv/huge-twist-in-hey-hey-it-s-saturday-ratings-smash" target="_blank">50th anniversary special</a>, singer Kamahl has shared an open letter to host Daryl Somers.</p> <p dir="ltr">The show was recently hit with criticism after a compilation of vintage clips went viral earlier this year, with many of them revealing the mocking and belittling treatment Kamahl received.</p> <p dir="ltr">Somers publicly apologised to Kahaml in March and stated that all of the show’s team “do not condone racism in any form”.</p> <p dir="ltr">Kamahl released his open letter to<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/entertainment/tv/flashback/kamahl-pens-open-letter-to-daryl-somers-one-unanswered-question/news-story/1f1038f0559bc7df8a1151c760958454" target="_blank"><em>news.com.au</em></a><span> </span>several days after the anniversary special, saying that he has “one unanswered question” for the host.</p> <p dir="ltr">The singer opened with the “warmest congratulations” to Somers and the team that produced the anniversary show.</p> <p dir="ltr">“The accolades that you received within the program were well-earned and rightly acknowledge your place in Australian TV history,” he wrote.</p> <p dir="ltr">“As an Australian entertainer, my being part of that history for a number of years is truly humbling.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Kamahl went on to describe a particular incident in an episode from 1984, where he was ambushed while singing and hit in the face with a white powder puff.</p> <p dir="ltr"><img style="width: 500px; height:281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844801/kamahl-somers1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/5f07f1a4e6ec47fdbc956b0a60e90414" /></p> <p dir="ltr"><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Hey Hey It’s Saturday</span></em></p> <p dir="ltr">The stunt came a week before Kamahl was due to perform for the second time at New York’s prestigious Carnegie Hall.</p> <p dir="ltr">He said it was “puzzling” to him that the show “decided on setting me up as the butt of a rather crude joke in preference to acknowledging my achievement”.</p> <p dir="ltr">“The fact that I had poured my heart and soul into making that concert a success made the stunt on<span> </span><em>Hey Hey</em><span> </span>that evening an incredibly dispiriting experience,” he said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“As a supporter of<span> </span><em>Hey Hey</em>, I have to say that at the time I felt let down by your show and it is a disappointment that still remains with me today.”</p> <p dir="ltr">With that moment in mind, the singer had one question for<span> </span><em>Hey Hey</em>’s host.</p> <p dir="ltr">“If I had been any other Australian artist about to embark on such a massive venture would I have received such treatment?” he wrote.</p> <p dir="ltr">“In a week where you are deservedly receiving such plaudits for your career milestone, I am left wondering why when you had the opportunity to acknowledge mine you chose not to.”</p> <p dir="ltr">In a reference to the original clip, Kamahl concluded the letter with the question, “Why are people so unkind?”.</p> <p dir="ltr"><img style="width: 500px; height:281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844802/kamahl-somers2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/a8359af51cbc4f1c82f15de1fdd0323c" /></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: @johnpatterson / Twitter</em></p> <p dir="ltr">The cartoon was one of several that flashed up on screen during his 1984 appearance, which shocked many as it circulated on social media.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Getty Images</em></p>

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“Ripped off”: SAS fans lash out at Jana Pittman not passing

<p><em>Image: Channel 7</em></p> <p><em>SAS Australia</em><span> </span>fans have aired their outage after Olympian and “super mum” Jana Pittman was eliminated from the course just before the final challenge, despite correctly completing a mission.</p> <p>During Tuesday night’s explosive finale, the remaining four recruits were tasked with a terrifying helicopter insertion into enemy territory to locate a cache containing important information about an enemy.</p> <p>Jana, who was paired up with tennis legend Mark Philippoussis, was reaching her breaking point physically. But with just seconds to spare, the two athletes completed the challenge in time.</p> <p>Despite passing the mission, Jana was eliminated by the DS.</p> <p>“Outstanding effort. We are all super proud of you. We would have loved to have brought you forward but your reserve is empty,” Ant told the mother-of-four before giving her a warm hug.</p> <p>Diehard SAS fans took to Twitter to express their outrage that Jana was culled right before the final task.</p> <p>“Really? Jana has killed it in every challenge. I’m gutted for her,” one fan wrote.</p> <p>“Not happy with that! Needed to show why Jana failed. She looked as though she passed the challenge – and didn’t pass out or leave her partner for dead,” said another.</p> <p>“So the last task is hanging on a rope and Jana is sent home? She deserved to have a go at it. Kind of ridiculous after making her do the task before,” another fan wrote.</p> <p>“Jana was incredible! I think she was a bit ripped off.”</p> <p>Viewers widely hailed Jana as a "supermum" and an inspiration to women throughout her time on the course due to her courage, grit, determination and physical strength.</p>

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‘An idealised Australian ethos’: why Bluey is an audience favourite, even for adults without kids

<p>Bluey, the <a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-04-01/bluey-abc-kids-show-wins-international-emmys-childrens-award/12111308">Emmy award-winning</a> animated series about a family of anthropomorphized cattle dogs, has become a <a href="https://www.kidspot.com.au/lifestyle/entertainment/the-most-downloaded-show-on-the-abc-is-not-what-youd-expect/news-story/6c1fdef918c5890b23695538c8c136b2">ratings phenomenon</a> since it was first broadcast on the ABC in 2018. Bluey follows the eponymous six-year-old Blue Heeler, her younger sister, Bingo, and their playful parents, Bandit and Chilli.</p> <p>As part of our new research project, <a href="https://www.actcresearch.com/">Australian Children’s Television Cultures</a>, we are <a href="https://swinuw.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2nLAOj9X5VUfPvw">surveying audiences</a> about how they interact with Australian children’s programming.</p> <p>From over 700 adult responses, Bluey was the TV program parents were most keen to watch with their children. Respondents celebrated its unambiguously Australian setting, irreverent humour, and family orientated themes at a time when other children’s content, such as the dead-eyed nursey rhymes of YouTube channel <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbCmjCuTUZos6Inko4u57UQ">Cocomelon</a>, seem to only offer generic, computer-generated distractions. Indeed, many adults without children said they watch Bluey.</p> <p>One respondent described Bluey, which is set in Brisbane, as “representative of an idealised Australian ethos — relaxed, curious, and hard-working”.</p> <p>Another, an early childhood educator, emphasised that “Australian children need Australian shows”. And as a parent explained,</p> <blockquote> <p>It’s nice for children to see familiar landmarks and have issues that are current to them, as opposed to Peppa Pig and needing to explain why we don’t have snow at Christmas".</p> </blockquote> <p>One aspect of Bluey audiences consider particularly relatable is the family dynamic, including the games Bluey and Bingo play with their resourceful parents. One locked-down Australian mother has even created “<a href="https://looseparts.com.au/bluey/">50 Days of Bluey</a>”, guidelines for home activities inspired by the show.</p> <p><iframe width="440" height="260" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/EuSpVc9z3Rk?wmode=transparent&amp;start=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Bluey’s games include: “Daddy Robot” in which a “malfunctioning” Bandit teaches Bluey and Bingo the importance of tidying up; “Rug Island”, a kids-only oasis that the Heelers create in their backyard; and “Mount Mumandad”, in which Bluey and Bingo climb their exhausted parents after they have collapsed on the couch.</p> <p>Then there’s the humour: described by one respondent as full of Australian cultural nuances. As one parent noted,</p> <blockquote> <p>Bluey ‘gets’ parents perfectly … we enjoy watching it so we steer our kids towards it.</p> </blockquote> <h2>Read on many levels</h2> <p>The show can be read on multiple levels, which is why it can appeal to adults too. For instance, a recent Father’s Day episode saw Bluey’s dad, Bandit, discuss his conflicted feelings about getting a vasectomy with another dad.</p> <p>As Bandit explained, “I’m keen to get it done, but, Chilli, [his wife] she wants to keep her options open”. This adult moment in what is ostensibly a kids’ cartoon generated much discussion on social media. One fan tweeted</p> <blockquote> <p>I’m a grown man wondering if a cartoon dog family is going to have a baby. Weird life this is.</p> </blockquote> <p>From election day barbecues to Queenslander houses and backyards, early audience responses to our study agree Bluey offers a snapshot of Australia. However, many were quick to point out this snapshot doesn’t provide the full picture.</p> <p>Bluey has been <a href="https://www.abc.net.au/everyday/can-bluey-show-be-more-representative/100042084">gently criticised</a> for a perceived lack of diversity. The show centres on a hetero-normative nuclear family in a world largely populated by able-bodied characters, with Anglo-Australian names and accents. As one respondent noted</p> <blockquote> <p>We’re definitely getting better [at reflecting Australian culture] with shows like Bluey, but as a gay man I would love to see more LGBT representation in kids’ shows. It would be nice as a kid to know you’re valid.</p> </blockquote> <p>Nevertheless, many of this study’s early participants felt that on the whole, kids’ TV was becoming more reflective of wider Australia. Children’s content praised for providing greater diversity of representation included Indigenous Australian-led shows Little J &amp; Big Cuz and Jarjums.</p> <p>National babysitter Play School was celebrated for its continued commitment to featuring hosts from a variety of backgrounds, and the greater diversity in The Wiggles’ new line-up was applauded.</p> <h2>Taking ‘bush wees’ global</h2> <p>One respondent wondered if the humour and references in Bluey were “lost on audiences outside of Australia”. However, since the Walt Disney Company acquired the show’s international broadcasting rights in 2019, Bluey has been reaching a wide <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2019/jun/13/australias-bluey-goes-global-after-fetching-deal-with-disney">overseas audience</a>.</p> <p>While some small accommodations have been made for international viewers — “capsicums” became “peppers” in the UK and a gag with a pooping pony was cut for Disney Junior — the show has resisted being watered down. As such, it is taking bilbies and “bush wees” to global audiences.</p> <p>At a time when the commercial broadcaster quotas that previously protected local kids’ TV have been <a href="https://theconversation.com/cheese-n-crackers-concerns-deepen-for-the-future-of-australian-childrens-television-147183">scrapped</a> and international shows like Paw Patrol and Peppa Pig can be instantly summoned by tapping on a smart-phone, the local enthusiasm for Bluey is heartening.</p> <p>“I have friends in the US whose kids watch Bluey and they say their kids are talking in Aussie accents,” noted one respondent with pride.</p> <p>Said another: “Bluey will be forever iconic not just to kids but their parents, not just in Australia but all over the world”.</p> <p><em>Our research project, <a href="https://www.actcresearch.com/">Australian Children’s Television Cultures</a>, aims to better understand the role and responsibility of local Kids’ TV. You can participate in this research by clicking on the following <a href="https://swinuw.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2nLAOj9X5VUfPvw">link</a>. You can also follow us on <a href="https://twitter.com/_ACTC_?s=20">Twitter</a>.</em><!-- Below is The Conversation's page counter tag. Please DO NOT REMOVE. --><img style="border: none !important; box-shadow: none !important; margin: 0 !important; max-height: 1px !important; max-width: 1px !important; min-height: 1px !important; min-width: 1px !important; opacity: 0 !important; outline: none !important; padding: 0 !important; text-shadow: none !important;" src="https://counter.theconversation.com/content/168571/count.gif?distributor=republish-lightbox-basic" alt="The Conversation" width="1" height="1" /><!-- End of code. If you don't see any code above, please get new code from the Advanced tab after you click the republish button. The page counter does not collect any personal data. 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Read the <a href="https://theconversation.com/an-idealised-australian-ethos-why-bluey-is-an-audience-favourite-even-for-adults-without-kids-168571">original article</a>.</p> <p><em>Image: ABC TV</em></p>

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Huge twist in Hey, Hey It's Saturday ratings smash

<p><span>The one-off anniversary show celebrating the 50th anniversary of </span><em>Hey Hey It’s Saturday</em><span> has been a hit with Aussies, attracting more than 1.22 million viewers when it aired on Sunday night.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Hey Hey We’re 50</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> outperformed </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Block</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> in the 7pm slot, which saw 920,000 people tuning in.</span></p> <p><span>In a </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/entertainment/tv/flashback/hey-hey-its-saturday-50th-anniversary-special-smashes-the-ratings/news-story/e7b35d950c4890e09814a6f58081823f" target="_blank">breakdown</a><span> of the ratings, the </span><em>Hey Hey</em><span> special garnered a high proportion of its views from people over the age of 55, and was the third most popular for viewers aged between 25 to 54.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Reunited... and it feels so good! 😍✨<br /><br />Get set for the celebration of a lifetime 📺 'Hey Hey It's 50 Years' premieres TONIGHT 7.00 Channel 7 and <a href="https://twitter.com/7plus?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@7plus</a>. <a href="https://t.co/Yfh3pS8wE8">pic.twitter.com/Yfh3pS8wE8</a></p> — Channel 7 (@Channel7) <a href="https://twitter.com/Channel7/status/1446996165430493184?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 10, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The anniversary show saw the return of original host Daryl Somers and featured messages from Molly Meldrum, Red Symons, Marcia Hines, Dave Hughes and Rhonda Burchmore, among other celebrities.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Many fans took to social media to share their excitement over the show and the nostalgia that came with it.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Loving Hey Hey and this trip down memory lane,” one fan tweeted.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Considering how uncertain, depressing and crap things are right now, I always find comfort in nostalgia - Thanks for the memories.”</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Welcome back to TV, Daryl and gang!<br />This is REAL fun and entertainment!<br />What a blast of great memories and moments! For these 90 minutes, Australia feels like Australia again!<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/HeyHeyIts50Years?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#HeyHeyIts50Years</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/Channel7?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Channel7</a> <a href="https://t.co/D2RESCpeQ5">pic.twitter.com/D2RESCpeQ5</a></p> — Erin Churchill (@erintheboss) <a href="https://twitter.com/erintheboss/status/1447125651727663105?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 10, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After Sunday’s anniversary special, some critics took to social media to call out the show for its “dated” skits by today’s standards.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Things that seemed good when we were younger and less aware maybe weren’t that good and we don’t have to pretend they were good just because they’re familiar,” one person tweeted.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">happy 50th birthday to a show that has spent 40 per cent of the past 50 years cancelled <a href="https://t.co/Uf2AVuZzCd">https://t.co/Uf2AVuZzCd</a></p> — casey briggs (@CaseyBriggs) <a href="https://twitter.com/CaseyBriggs/status/1437274367788871683?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 13, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Following the announcement of the anniversary special earlier this year, Somers said in a statement that he was “absolutely delighted” when approached with the idea by Channel Seven.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Trawling back through the vast archive has been almost as much fun as doing the show in the first place, so I hope we can offer a few laughs, not only to the diehard </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Hey Hey</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> fans but to all Australians, as we desperately need a touch of levity at this time,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Seven’s decision to bring the show back came shortly after the show faced accusations of racism, including claims surrounding the treatment of singer Kamahl.</span></p> <p><span>After a compilation video that showed all the racist jokes and stereotyping Kamahl went viral online, Kamahl told </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.theguardian.com/media/2021/mar/31/daryl-somers-apologises-to-kamahl-for-inappropriate-treatment-on-hey-hey-its-saturday" target="_blank">Guardian Australia</a></em><span> that he felt “humiliated” by his experiences on the show.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Somers later apologised to the singer, saying that “in the context of modern society some material from the past is plainly inappropriate, and would not go to air today”.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: @Channel7 / Twitter</span></em></p>

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Emotions run high as SAS Australia winner crowned

<p dir="ltr">The finale of<span> </span><em>SAS Australia</em><span> </span>proved to be the most gruelling challenge contestants faced, with NRL star Sam Burgess becoming the only recruit to pass the final challenge.</p> <p dir="ltr">After five celebrity recruits made it to the finale and only three remained for the final test, Burgess was crowned the winner.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Home and Away</em><span> </span>actor Dan Ewing was the first to be booted off the show after believing a debriefing with the directing staff was part of the previous hostage challenge.</p> <p dir="ltr">Then, in the second challenge, recruits were tasked with completing a physical exercise on the ground before escaping to safety by hanging from a helicopter extraction rope.</p> <p dir="ltr">Olympian Jana Pittman struggled to complete the challenge, making it to the helicopter just in time despite being barely able to walk.</p> <p dir="ltr"><img style="width: 500px; height:281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844772/sas-finale1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/ac8d7390a5b4473fb72e65bca77934b8" /></p> <p dir="ltr">She was cut from the show, as the directing staff could only allow three recruits to move to the next stage.</p> <p dir="ltr">The remaining three - Burgess, sprinter John Steffensen, and tennis star Mark Philippoussis - completed the difficult task of hanging from a rope suspended over a gorge for 90 seconds.</p> <p dir="ltr"><img style="width: 500px; height:281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844774/sas-finale3.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/8a2b69db1fc94c2aa4492595a958c55c" /></p> <p dir="ltr">But, the directing staff said completing the task didn’t necessarily mean they passed it.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We’re not looking for brawn, we’re not looking for brain, we’re looking for a combination of both,” Ant Middleton<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.kidspot.com.au/lifestyle/entertainment/sam-burgess-the-only-celebrity-to-pass-sas-australia-selection-two-others-complete-course/news-story/ec7e7327c15d329db36588793c22ca50" target="_blank">said</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">After telling Steffensen and Philippoussis to step back, Middleton announced that Burgess was the only one to pass.</p> <p dir="ltr">“You two, just that one percent that lacked,” he said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Amazing effort from both of you, you completed the course but only 16 (Burgess) passed the course. Number 16, you were just that level ahead.”</p> <p dir="ltr"><img style="width: 500px; height:281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844773/sas-finale2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/935d9a6801c34eb09fbaf3a2d6664d74" /></p> <p dir="ltr">Following his victory, Burgess shared an emotional post on Instagram where he shared how the show had helped him reveal who he truly was.</p> <p dir="ltr">“When I agreed to do this course I set myself two simple goals: be totally honest with myself, and complete the course,” he wrote, alongside a series of snaps from the show.</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/CU7Wi3_vfAb/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <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/CU7Wi3_vfAb/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Sam Burgess (@samburgess8)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">“Throughout the experience, I grew enormously through pain and discomfort, through joy and teamwork, through fatigue and food deprivation but most of all by being vulnerable enough to share this, become better at understanding myself and in turn reveal true character.”</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Images: SAS Australia / Channel 7</em></p>

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"Humiliated and betrayed": Lisa Wilkinson's candid admission

<p>In a candid interview with Hamish Macdonald, Lisa Wilkinson has revealed the moment she was "dismissed" from her long standing role on Channel 9's <em>Today</em> breakfast show. </p> <p>While discussing her upcoming memoir <em>It Wasn't Meant To Be Like This</em>, Lisa spoke about <span>how she found out she’d no longer be a part of the <em>Today Show</em> line-up in October 2017.</span></p> <p>“I was standing in aisle six at Woolies holding a can of tuna [when she got the call from management],” Lisa explained.</p> <p>“I felt stupid and humiliated and betrayed and pretty pathetic.”</p> <p>She explained that her dismissal was to "humiliate" her, after being in negotiations with Channel 9 management to close the pay gap with her co-host of 10 years, Karl Stefanovic, </p> <p>“I was very expendable,” she said, noting the gap she had with Stefanovic “doesn’t get much bigger” than what she experienced.</p> <p>“I didn’t even get a chance to say goodbye to the audience. I was just told – that’s it.”</p> <p>After working alongside Karl for a decade on the breakfast show, Lisa said she no longer has a relationship with him. </p> <p>“We are not really in touch,” she admitted, adding she was “hurt” by their subsequent breakdown after she exited the breakfast show.</p> <div id="ad-block-4x4-1" class="w_unruly ad-block ad-custom unruly_insert_native_ad_here" data-type="unruly" data-ad-size="4x4" data-device-type="web" data-ad-tar="pos=1" data-ad-pos="1" data-google-query-id="CJnkraiMwfMCFePCcwEdv10F5w"> <div id="ad-block-2x2-1" data-google-query-id="CJ7R1ayMwfMCFdHjcwEdVUwOiQ"> <div id="" class="story-content tg-tlc-storybody"> <p>“But you pick up and you move on — and that’s exactly what I did.”</p> <p>The admission of her estrangement from Karl came as a shock to many, given the pair seemingly continued their friendship off air, <span>posing for photos during a lunch together weeks after the headline-making departure.</span></p> <p>In a subsequent <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/entertainment/books-magazines/books/lisa-wilkinson-opens-up-about-karl-stefanovic-her-teen-sexual-assault-in-new-memoir/news-story/79bef2e788afd49033b003c73858e230" target="_blank">interview with Stellar Magazine</a>, Lisa said there was a lot of information regarding her Channel 9 departure that was "untrue". </p> <p>“It was quite shocking some of the narrative that was put out there by my previous employer,” she told the News Corp publication.</p> <p>“I feel that there was a lot that was said that was untrue. And I won’t say that some of the things I read weren’t pretty painful.”</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/CRgGAJRlPGB/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <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/CRgGAJRlPGB/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Lisa Wilkinson (@lisa_wilkinson)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>In her upcoming memoir, Lisa has vowed to leave "no stone unturned" as she discusses her rise through Australia's media ranks to become a household name. </p> <p>In an Instagram post, Lisa said her book, <span>“tells the story of how this magazine-junkie kid from (proudly) the western suburbs of Sydney, worked hard to survive the bumps and bruises of my teenage years, and went on to find myself in situations and places I could have once only ever dreamt about.”</span></p> <p><span>You can watch Lisa's interview with Hamish Macdonald here:</span></p> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/rrHLDoNMxAk" title="YouTube video player" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen=""></iframe> <p><em>Image credits: Getty Images / Channel 10: The Project </em></p> </div> </div> </div>

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Jana Pittman collapses after breaking SAS record

<p>During a gruelling obstacle course on <em>SAS Australia</em>, Jana Pittman has collapsed after pushing her body to the limit. </p> <p>The Olympic champion became the first woman to complete the Ladder Troop Extraction challenge, with just three seconds left on the clock and breaking a record on the show.</p> <p>Instructor Ant Middleton helped Jana into the helicopter before showing a rare moment of softness as he gave her a congratulatory hug. </p> <p>However, just as she was riding her adrenaline high, she came crashing back down.</p> <p>Jana and the other recruits were sent to their second challenge where they had to complete a demanding obstacle course. </p> <p>The 38-year-old, who gave birth six months before appearing on the show, only just managed to get through the course. </p> <p class="css-1estpn-StyledParagraph e4e0a020">“When I was an athlete… your whole body is screaming at you to stop and you have to ignore it… I used to have that ability,” she said.</p> <div class="hide-print ad-no-notice css-qyun7f-StyledAdUnitWrapper ezkyf1c0"> <p>However, after finishing her second lap and on the brink of quitting the show, Jana collapsed in front of the instructors and her fellow recruits. </p> <p><span>“I’m so cooked, I’m done,” she said just moments before falling to her knees.</span></p> <p><span>“I was just seeing really bad spots… I was just super busy and seeing spots in my eyes,” she told the doctor.</span></p> <p><span>Jana has become a fan favourite on the show, appearing to remain calm under pressure and known for her kind demeanour. </span></p> <p><span>The two-time world champion hurdler recently announced she is </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://oversixty.com.au/lifestyle/family-pets/twins-jana-pittman-reveals-she-is-pregnant" target="_blank">pregnant with twins</a>, saying she fell pregnant shortly after SAS Australia wrapped filming. </p> <p><em>Image credits: SAS Australia</em></p> </div>

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David Koch mocked for Home and Away appearance

<p><em>Image: Instagram</em></p> <p>He may have had his own soap opera debut on Home and Away this week, but TV weatherman Sam Mac isn’t the first<span> </span><em>Sunrise</em><span> </span>star to showcase his acting skills on the long-running program.</p> <p>During Wednesday’s Sunrise broadcast, Sam reminded viewers that host David ‘Kochie’ Koch actually enjoyed a two-line cameo on the show back in 2007.</p> <p>He proceeded to play Kochie’s rather underwhelming performance, which showed him mingling by the bar at the Summer Bay surf club.</p> <p>Kochie is seen holding a stubby and saying ‘yeah sure.’</p> <p>Sam couldn’t help but mock Kochie over his blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment, saying “that’s it! That is literally it. All of two words!”</p> <p>Kochie, 65 went on to reveal some insider knowledge about what its like to be an extra on-set, explaining that producers told him to mouth the word ‘watermelon’ over and over again ‘because you’re not allowed to make a noise when you’re talking’.</p> <p>Sam, who appeared on Wednesday night’s episode as a ‘VIP guest’ at a Summer Bay soiree, pointed out that he, unlike Kochie, wasn't in a background scene.</p> <p>‘I was actually acting!’ he teased.</p> <p>Home and Away fans saw a Summer Bay charity gala turn into a disaster on Wednesday night’s episode, after a mysterious stranger launched a gas attack through the air vents.</p> <p>Sam was briefly pictured in a promotional trailer for the episode, showing him arriving at the swanky event in a suit and tie, as onlookers referred to him as ‘the VIP’.</p>

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Waleed Aly defends Gladys

<p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Project</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> co-host Waleed Aly has come out in defence of former NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, saying the state’s corruption watchdog is “getting rid of” competent leaders.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Aly said the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) may “erode confidence” of the public in politicians.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ms Berejiklian stepped down as Premier last week following the announcement from ICAC that she was being investigated in relation to former MP Daryl Maguire, who was found to have abused his position as a politician.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Previously, ICAC launched an inquiry into former Liberal premier Barry O’Farrell over his decision to accept a $3000 bottle of wine without declaring it, prompting his resignation.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“One of the interesting elements of this is ICAC is there … to give the public confidence in politicians and in the political system,” Aly <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/national/nsw-act/politics/waleed-aly-defends-gladys-berejiklian-on-the-project-amid-icac-investigation/news-story/2a6de7dc6696085a694d5e029f673531" target="_blank">said</a>.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">There are growing calls for a NSW-style corruption watchdog to be implemented at a federal level. But how it would work is becoming a contentious issue. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TheProjectTV?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TheProjectTV</a> <a href="https://t.co/NgeH4ndyKz">pic.twitter.com/NgeH4ndyKz</a></p> — The Project (@theprojecttv) <a href="https://twitter.com/theprojecttv/status/1445655716144898056?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 6, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“But is there a danger though that it can do the opposite and ICAC may have done that by getting rid of premiers that are widely respected, seen as competent, and people who have been of integrity, seeing a premier in NSW disappear over a bottle of wine. It erodes confidence in the political system unnecessarily.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Shadow Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus rejected the idea, arguing that ICAC wasn’t the one that “got rid of” Ms Berejiklian.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I think that all politicians and all commentators need to be very careful not to attack these anti-corruption commissions simply because they don’t like what they’ve discovered or because they don’t like outcomes,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Bear in mind the former premier of NSW, Gladys Berejiklian, resigned of her own volition. No-one forced her to resign.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Nothing about the ICAC scheme required her to resign. So it’s wrong those people that are blaming ICAC because Ms Berejiklian’s no longer the Premier of NSW.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It was her choice to resign. A quite different course of action was available to her. She could have simply stood aside. Or she could have decided not to stand aside at all and undergo the investigation that’s now underway. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We don’t yet know the outcome of the inquiry.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A public inquiry into the issue is due to commence on October 18, and is expected to last for about 10 days.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ms Bereijiklian has denied any wrongdoing in relation to Mr Maguire’s actions.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: The Project</span></p>

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Devastated Block stars leave show after family tragedy

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Country couple Kirsty and Jesse made the call to temporarily pause their time on </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Block</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> after receiving some devastating personal news.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Singer Kirsty was seen doubled over in tears on the building site on Tuesday night’s episode, as she received news from her mum that her nan had passed away.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After concerned husband Jesse quickly embraced her, the couple made the decision to head home to be with their family, leaving their builders in charge.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Despite previous tensions between the teams this season, the remaining pairs agreed to help out how they could while Kirsty and Jesse were off the show.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I got the phone call from my mum to say that my nan had passed away,” Kirsty </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/entertainment/tv/reality-tv/kirsty-and-jesse-leave-the-block-after-shock-family-death/news-story/e5c8da2f535026e7dd99c2790a29001d" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">said</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> to producers.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It’s just really hard to hear that she’s finally gone and I didn’t get to say goodbye to her. I spoke to her on the phone and she told me not to come home, that she was going to hang in there until I got back,” she added.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height:281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844619/block-kirsty1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/2365caf1a9e04548a88d3cc6012f3b11" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: The Block / Channel 9</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I’m just devastated that she didn’t get to see us, she was just so looking forward to us, she would have been yelling at Keith on the TV, telling him to get stuffed,” Kirsty joked.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">She described her nan as “a very feisty little woman” who she had inherited her no-nonsense attitude from.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After saying a quick goodbye to their builders and the other contestants, the pair packed their bags and headed home.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We’re gonna just get on a plane now and go home so we can be there with the family and help them. We know our boys have got it here,” Kirsty said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Family first, we’ve got this covered don’t even stress,” one of their builders told them.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The other contestants were quick to lend a hand too.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After hearing the news, Mark and Ronnie came to help clean up Kirsty and Jesse’s site, while the rest later decided to create a schedule to help out during the week so the couple wouldn’t fall behind.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Host Scott Cam thanked the teams for their decision to help out, and sent his well wishes to Kirsty’s family.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We’ve obviously heard the very sad news that Kirsty’s beloved nan Ellen has passed away, and we got them on a flight as quick as we could. So they’re home now with their loved ones at this very difficult time,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“On behalf of our whole team, our crew and you guys, our thoughts and our best wishes and our love is with Kirsty and her family.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I have heard that some of you want to chip in and help get them across the line this week with their renovation which is fantastic and I know that they would be sincerely so appreciative,” he added.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: The Block / Channel 9</span></em></p>

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Netflix forced to cut Squid Game scene for bizarre reason

<p>The popularity of Netflix's new show <em>Squid Game</em> is breaking international records, and is on track to become the most popular show of all the on the streaming service.</p> <p>The show is a violent and dystopian Korean drama that sees 456 destitute 'players' enter a game arena to win a hefty sum of prize money upon the completion of six children's games. </p> <p>In the first episode of the show however, Netflix have made a grave mistake that has had very interesting consequences. </p> <p>When the 'players' were approached to take part in the game, they were given a business card and told to call the number. </p> <p>The number was in fact a real person's phone number, and the owner has been inundated with phone calls from strangers since the show's release on September 17th. </p> <p>The real-life owner of the phone number told the Korean publication <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.mt.co.kr" target="_blank">Money Today</a> that she has been receiving "endless" calls and texts, as well as offers to buy the phone number.</p> <p>“It has come to the point where people are reaching out day and night due to their curiosity. It drains my phone’s battery and it turns off,” the woman, who is from the Gyeonggi province of South Korea, said.</p> <p>“At first, I didn’t know why, then my friend told me that my number came out [in the series].”</p> <p>The woman, who is a small business owner and is unrelated to Netflix or the <em>Squid Game</em> production, has been assured by Netflix that measures will be taken to protect the woman's identity.</p> <p><span>“Together with the production company, we are working to resolve this matter, including editing scenes with phone numbers where necessary,” Netflix told <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/squid-games-netflix-phone-number-b1931823.html" target="_blank">The </a></span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/squid-games-netflix-phone-number-b1931823.html" target="_blank">Independent</a>.</p> <p>Certain regions have had the scene altered to no longer feature the phone number. </p> <p>Netflix even offered to buy the woman's number for a measly $1,000AUD, which the woman rejected as the number has been tied up in her small business for almost twenty years. </p> <p>The production crew upped the compensation to almost $6,000AUD which was also rejected, before a new offer from an unlikely source was offered. </p> <p>Presidential candidate for South Korea Huh Kyung Young <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.koreaboo.com/news/squid-game-phone-number-controversy-presidential-candidate-buy-100-million/" target="_blank">offered the woman over $116,000</a> for the number, in a bid to win the position of high office. </p> <p>The issue the mystery phone number is not the first backlash Netflix's <em>Squid Game</em> has received. </p> <p>Due to its explosive popularity, a Korean internet service provider announced they were suing Netflix for clogging up the internet with traffic.</p> <p>Check out the trailer for <em>Squid Game</em> here. Viewer discretion is advised. </p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/oqxAJKy0ii4" title="YouTube video player" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><em>Image credits: Netflix</em></p>

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SAS Australia stars criticised over ‘dirty tactic’

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Two recruits on SAS Australia employed what many fans are calling dirty tactics on Monday night’s episode of the reality television show, and the online backlash was swift. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sprinter Jessica Peris was up against Olympian Jana Pittman in a challenge that saw them try to knock each other off a log that was suspended in the air above fast-moving water. Peris was victorious, but only after throwing a handful of sand in Pittman’s eyes, causing her to become disoriented.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">It's win at all costs in this task <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SASAustralia?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#SASAustralia</a> <a href="https://t.co/2ujqkvjHq7">pic.twitter.com/2ujqkvjHq7</a></p> — SAS Australia on 7 (@sasaustralia) <a href="https://twitter.com/sasaustralia/status/1444947599216111618?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 4, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Later, fellow sprinter John Steffensen employed the same tactic against actor Dan Ewing, and the pair were loudly criticised on social media, with many calling the move a ‘dog act’ and a ‘dirty tactic’.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">That’s a dog act! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SASAustralia?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#SASAustralia</a></p> — Lauren K (@lolly375) <a href="https://twitter.com/lolly375/status/1444946609817616391?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 4, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Others defended the move, arguing that “in war, it’s life or death”. Without consulting a military strategist or historian it’s hard to be certain, but ‘throwing sand in your opponent’s eyes’ probably isn’t a widely employed tactic in modern warfare. </span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">In war it's life or death. There's no safety rope. Sand in the eyes can be washed out. Hand in your number if you think otherwise <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SASAustralia?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#SASAustralia</a></p> — MXYZ 💉💉 (@MXYZ_) <a href="https://twitter.com/MXYZ_/status/1444949890065256450?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 4, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As it turns out, the pair were acting on advice from the Directing Staff. Mark “Billy” Billingham spoke to Peris as she was preparing to walk across the pole, suggesting, “You know what I’d do? Keep your cool, keep looking at her … Handful of dirt when you get close enough. Face full of dirt … Boom, sweet, take her out.” </span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">👀👀👀 <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SASAustralia?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#SASAustralia</a> <a href="https://t.co/mIW2q0PQRI">pic.twitter.com/mIW2q0PQRI</a></p> — SAS Australia on 7 (@sasaustralia) <a href="https://twitter.com/sasaustralia/status/1444946465768427521?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 4, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Peris tried to apologise to Pittman during the journey back to base camp, but Pittman let her know exactly how she felt, telling Jess, “Only you two did it. I just didn’t expect it from you (Jessica) … I expected it from him. … It’s just different personalities. I’ve never been a particularly aggressive person. No offence, doll, but there is no way I could’ve done that. Maybe that’s my weakness.” In response, Steffensen argued that there were “different rules here”. </span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">I’m with Jana, I would rather lose and have my morals than cheat to win. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SASAustralia?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#SASAustralia</a></p> — Ashlee (@_itsashleeee_) <a href="https://twitter.com/_itsashleeee_/status/1444949739380764677?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 4, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">AFL player Heath Shaw ultimately won the challenge, but departed at the end of the episode, along with Peris and ironman Jett Kenny.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Selection was one of the most challenging things Recruit #18 Jessica Peris has ever done in her life... and also the most rewarding! 👏 <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SASAustralia?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#SASAustralia</a> <a href="https://t.co/YYNGrzCZld">pic.twitter.com/YYNGrzCZld</a></p> — SAS Australia on 7 (@sasaustralia) <a href="https://twitter.com/sasaustralia/status/1445139161850122241?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 4, 2021</a></blockquote>

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“Me representing me”: Denise shares her Making It story

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The latest episode of </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Making It Australia</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> saw Makers embrace their musical sides, with the creation of musical instruments from surprising materials.</span></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/CUdwXAdhDXv/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <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/CUdwXAdhDXv/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Denise Pepper Art (@denisepepperart)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Denise, the latest Maker to leave the show, sat down with </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">OverSixty</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> to chat about her time on the show and what lies ahead.</span></p> <p><strong>O60: What was the highlight of being a Maker?</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">I think the highlight of being a Maker was the whole experience, getting out of your normal comfort zone in your own state and then being thrust from Perth to Sydney, and walking into a space you do not know, navigating around that. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">So that was interesting. But also, before you knew it, you made some really wonderful, lovely friends. And I think that was very valuable as well.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">I still speak to Dan and Andrew and Rizaldy every single day since we stopped filming. So we are a very tight unit, we all very much look after each other.</span></p> <p><strong>O60: What surprised you most about your <em>Making It</em> experience?</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">I think my strength and my determination, my physical strength of being able to have long days, and think on my feet and keep working and my mental strength because I'm a sculptor and I make work that takes six months to develop and make and put together but here I am on the set with unknown tools unknown face is having to make something in a very short, quick time. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">And those challenges are very interesting [in] how you respond to them. And I think I learned a lot about myself as far as that goes.</span></p> <p><strong>O60: During the self-portrait challenge, you shared a vulnerable moment with Susie, Harvey and the judges about depicting your face. Could you tell us more about that moment and the challenges creatives can face depicting themselves in their work?</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">I suppose that came to me so unexpectedly but obviously it had been sitting inside of me for a long time. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">And I suppose that we live internally, inside of ourselves. We hear ourselves speaking inside our heads, but when we actually hear it for ourselves it sounds different.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">And I don't spend a lot of time grooming myself in the mirror, it’s something that I don’t take seriously. And I suppose, I have thrown myself on a national TV program where it's me representing me and doing the self portrait, I knew I was going to have difficulties with it because I was not going to do myself justice by doing my face because it's not a comfortable area for me. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">And I suppose once that door was open, then I was pretty tired and pretty emotional and pretty homesick. It came out and there was a very long conversation that wasn’t shown on TV, talking about how I felt with the judges. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">And I was very stressed waiting for that episode to come on, because I knew it was coming. And since being on the show, I've had a whole heap of different emotions about the show, because as I've said, I’m from watching me, that was actually me and I don't know myself that well.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But you know what, since that happened and it's been on Facebook, I have had an abundance of people replying, saying, ‘I hear you, I feel the same way. I know what you mean.’ </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">So I think I reached out to a demographic of people who feel the same way as me, and I had the opportunity to go there on TV. So maybe there's something really positive about that.</span></p> <p><strong>O60: What’s next for you after <em>Making It</em>?</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">I promised myself that this year I'm not going to do a great deal except for this one exhibition because I think I'm going to reassess what I want to do. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Strangely enough, I have no plan and I've never had no plan in my life, ever. It’s a new Denise! It’s really interesting. I don’t know who she is but I'm sure she's gonna be okay.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">I’m sure I will probably [get] back into exhibitions, and maybe run some lovely workshops from my beautiful home … [just] intimate small workshops with my glass practice, which is something that I have been kind of talking about because I love people and I love to share my ideas and my experiences, so I think that's a good possibility that's what I'll be doing is running, you know, really intimate personal workshops in my own home space.</span></p> <p><strong>O60: Making It posed challenges that saw you use a whole range of different skills and techniques, has it changed how you have gone about your creative practice since leaving the show?</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Since I left the show, I think I had burnout, and was not able to create until probably the last couple of weeks. I think ... I had no more creativity inside me to create artwork. I focused on my home and I started painting and doing decorative stuff to my home because I think it gave me some sense of comfort because I was back home and I never went into my studio. I don't go into my studio much anymore, but I'm currently making a sculpture at the moment for an exhibition on the beach down here in Perth called </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Castaways</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">, and I think I'm coming back to my normal self only just. So it's been a major adjustment, reconnecting back to my past existence. I came back a different person and I’m trying to find where I am at the moment.</span></p> <p><strong>O60: Last but not least, if you had the chance, would you do it again?</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">I don't know. There are days I don't know and days I go, ‘Yes.’ </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">I would love to be a judge on a show like that, I think, rather than a maker. I feel that physically it’s really hard on your body. And, and I don't know whether my body would allow me anymore. Mentally I'm fine. But my body is really tired from the show. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">So if it was the exact same show again, probably not.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Making It Australia</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> will continue to air on Saturday nights from 6pm.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: @denisepepperart / Instagram</span></em></p>

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Maker Dan opens up on Parkinson's diagnosis

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In episode six of </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Making It Australia</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">, Makers were set the task of completing one piece in the Mega Craft Challenge.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Contestants were tasked with creating an outdoor oasis in a challenge that saw them create spaces with soft lighting, firepits, swings, and functioning water fountains.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Jack took out the challenge with his secret silver cinema, complete with a projector and a series of white curtains.</span></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/tv/CUcTEfnBCh0/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <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/tv/CUcTEfnBCh0/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Making It Australia (@makingitau)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As always, one person made their exit from the show, and this time it was Dan.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After his departure, Dan sat down with <em>OverSixty </em>to chat about his time on the show and the meaning that crafting has for him.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>O60: What was the highlight of being a Maker?</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">The Incredible Makers, Judges and other people that I got to meet were definitely the highlight for me. This is seriously like the Making Olympics!!</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>O60: What surprised you most about your<span> </span></strong><strong><em>Making It</em></strong><strong><span> </span>experience?</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">The pace was so fast!</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>O60: In a personal moment on the show, you shared that you were diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Not to pry, but this is an important issue to many of our readers. Are there any alternative treatments you are considering? Has your diagnosis put pressure on the crafting you do or increased the appeal of making things now?</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">I have always broadcast the enormous sense of duty that accompanies my insatiable internal drive to create. As for [Parkinson’s Disease (PD)]? When I received the news I was actually a little relieved! I had been searching for the correct cause of the restriction in my right hand for several months. This diagnosis came with medication that provided rapid relief and a dim light at the end of a tunnel.</p> <p dir="ltr">Making it was an AMAZING adventure/distraction to which I adhered to a chance to prove to Kye (wife), Australia and MYSELF, I am still the Dan! So, yes, in the 15 months since my PD diagnosis, Crafting and Making has certainly gained emotional magnitude.</p> <p dir="ltr">With regard to treatments: I'm currently managing symptoms with medication. I'm hoping, prioritising my own health and wellbeing, stress minimisation, and a balance of rest/work will prolong the medications' effective window. Although unfortunately DBS Deep brain Stimulation has already raised its head in a few consultations.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>O60: What’s next for you after<span> </span></strong><strong><em>Making It</em></strong><strong>?</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Keep showing my wife, Kye, that I love her! And developing the OCG (Obsessive Compulsive Garden) and I [am] hopeful I can complete my Electric Hotrod by March 2022. Work wise I've been making deliberate choices to consolidate and focus on what makes me happy. This has inspired me to launch<strong><span> </span>DeleurDesign</strong>. In order to combine, my passion for the environment and minimising our impact, making skills, knowledge of a broad and growing array of materials and ability to design and create unique practical and beautiful solutions to problems for waste management in particular. Lastly, I am going to raise some funds for Parkinson's Disease Research. If you are familiar with the #CARBAR I Created while on Making It Australia? IT WILL SOON BE COMPLETED AND UP FOR GRABS!!!</p> <p dir="ltr">I encourage you to join me on this journey<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/deleurdesign/" target="_blank">@DeleurDesign</a><span> </span>on Instagram or find me on Facebook.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>O60:<span> </span></strong><strong><em>Making It</em></strong><strong><span> </span>seems to be challenging the idea that eliminations mean you no longer appear on the show, can you give us an insight into what’s been happening behind the scenes with the eliminated Makers?</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">They did an amazing job of selecting Makers! Assembling a group of Makers that became instant family! We still chat and create every day!</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>O60: Last but not least, if you had the chance, would you do it again?</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Yes!</p> <p dir="ltr">Starting this weekend,<span> </span><em>Making It Australia</em><span> </span>will air on Saturdays at 6 pm on Channel 10.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: @deleurdesign / Instagram</em></p> <p> </p>

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Koby Abberton reveals his massive SAS Australia payday

<p dir="ltr">Koby Abberton has revealed how much he was paid by Channel 7 to appear on season two of SAS Australia, bluntly telling the hosts of Moonman in the Morning that he was paid $100,000.</p> <p dir="ltr">That makes Abberton one of the<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://oversixty.com.au/finance/money-banking/sam-burgess-huge-sas-australia-salary-revealed" target="_blank">highest-paid stars on the show,</a><span> </span>only earning less than Sam Burgess, and being paid the same amount as tennis star Mark Philippoussis.</p> <p dir="ltr">Model Erin Holland, 32, is earning between $60,000 and $80,000 while footballer Heath Shaw, 35, actress Isabelle Cornish, 27, and athlete John Steffensen, 39, tennis player Alicia Molik, 38, are on around the same amount.</p> <p dir="ltr">In the next rung, singer Pete Murrary, 51, athlete Jana Pittmann, 38, actor Dan Ewing, 36, runner Jessica Peris, 31, ironman Jett Kenny, 27, volleyball player Kerri Pottharst, 56, and socialite Brynne Edelsten are estimated to be being paid between $50,000 and $70,000.</p> <p dir="ltr">At the very bottom of the ladder is former Australian Labor Party member Emma Husar, 41, who is earning just $25,000. Meanwhile Manu Feildel, 47, will go without a pay day because his appearance is likely part of his contract at Channel Seven.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Recruit #2 Koby Abberton well and truly left his mark on the course and departs knowing he made the right decision for himself. 💪 <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SASAustralia?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#SASAustralia</a> <a href="https://t.co/VGklwou1QP">pic.twitter.com/VGklwou1QP</a></p> — SAS Australia on 7 (@sasaustralia) <a href="https://twitter.com/sasaustralia/status/1443380081590689795?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 30, 2021</a></blockquote> <p dir="ltr">Abberton rose to fame as a member of Maroubra’s ‘Bra Boys’, culminating in the release of the 2007 documentary<span> </span><em>Bra Boys</em>, produced by Russell Crowe and directed by Koby’s brother, Sunny, and Macario De Souza.</p> <p dir="ltr">He also shared with the Moonman in the Morning team the reason for his repeated questions about how much tennis star Philippoussis made, saying, "When I grew up, the only way out of my area was to be a sportsman. You were either a surfer, a football player or a fighter, and that's what we banked on.</p> <p dir="ltr">"These days these kids are constantly on Instagram, or Facebook or TikTok or all this garbage. They all seem to want to be Instagram stars, and honestly it's just garbage."</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: SAS Australia</em></p>

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“Powerful and empowering”: Robert shares Making It experience

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Episode five of </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Making It Australia</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> saw our crafters breathe new life into used items to create something new.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In the Faster Craft challenge, Andrew outshone the competition with his welded deer light, made from scrap metal and vintage glass insulators from his farm.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The main challenge pushed Makers to transform discarded items into furniture, with Rehana securing the win with her monster-themed bed made from a repurposed dresser.</span></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/CUZyGqwBk9E/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <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/CUZyGqwBk9E/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Making It Australia (@makingitau)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">At the end of the Master Craft challenge a Maker was once again eliminated, and this time it was Robert.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Melbourne artist sat down with <em>OverSixty </em>to reflect on his time as a Maker, and how it has impacted his community.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>O60: What was the highlight of being a Maker?</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">I think the highlight for me was probably after I made my first Master Craft where I’d done the steel… Whenever I walked back into the barn, people were just standing and staring at it.</p> <p dir="ltr">But also, I think just connecting with all the other Makers and getting to know the judges and the hosts. It was just a really fun, fun space to create and just get to know new people as well.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>O60: What surprised you most about your<span> </span></strong><strong><em>Making It</em></strong><strong><span> </span>experience?</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">I am a very relaxed person. And I like to listen to music and go at things at my own pace. But also, I didn't realize how much I smiled as well. Watching the episodes, I was like, man, I smile a lot.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>O60: On the show, your creations celebrated your heritage, family and your personality, including your Indigenous heritage. Could you tell us how it felt to represent your culture on the show?</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">I was a little bit nervous. Because I like to have a yarn, I like to say things very long-winded sometimes, because there's a lot of story and depth to a piece.</p> <p dir="ltr">But to have a platform, and I know the response that I've gotten from people from my own family, but also within community, they've just been so proud and just so excited and thankful that they get to see a cousin or a family member actually creating and sharing culture on national TV… One of my cousin's said, ‘when we were growing up, you had Ernie Dingo, and now I've got my own cousin on TV.’</p> <p dir="ltr">So just telling kids, which is very powerful, because I think the visual representation of indigenous culture is starting to [increase] more and more, but the impact ... personally to people that are Aboriginal, it's just powerful, and also empowering. I actually get to see somebody that has the same stories of me or looks like me.</p> <p dir="ltr">But I think it’s definitely changing up [and] a new era coming in of the celebration of Aboriginal people and their cultures, and the diversity of Aboriginal culture and peoples and their background.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>O60: What’s next for you after<span> </span></strong><strong><em>Making It</em></strong><strong>?</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Because I work as an artist full time … so [I’m] currently working on a couple murals and commissioned artworks and also doing a sculpture for Hume City Council for peoples that have been a part of the Stolen Generations. So a very powerful piece that's going to be going up next year.</p> <p dir="ltr">Then just informing people about that story and what people had to go through, but also a place of empowerment and strength for community that have been through it … and hopefully whatever else comes now.</p> <p dir="ltr">I love sharing art and culture with people.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>O60: Definitely, especially because creating art is about expressing yourself, but then also creating something for other people.</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Absolutely. The importance that I think I want to give to other artists or other creative people is that your story is, as much of it is of it is yours, it's also the people that are viewing, people that are connecting with the story and how you can impart yourself onto them but also then implying a little bit of themselves on to you.</p> <p dir="ltr">And I think being able to do that in a way in which is an invitation for people to sit down and hear your story is probably the most empowering thing because we haven't had that much time to kind of chat and yarn to people especially during all these wonderful lockdowns but creativity and a show like<span> </span><em>Making It</em><span> </span>break breaks those moments for a little bit of time and you get to dream.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>O60:<span> </span></strong><strong><em>Making It</em></strong><strong><span> </span>seems to be challenging the idea that eliminations mean you no longer appear on the show, can you give us an insight into what’s been happening behind the scenes with the eliminated Makers?</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">I'm not too sure what everyone else is up to. I know everybody's still kind of going about their everyday. But the thing, I think it’s still like a surreal moment. But we all still send texts to each other like, ‘hey, how are you going?’</p> <p dir="ltr">And like we just have all these inside jokes [about] some of the stuff that didn't make it, but it's still funny that we kind of get to share that.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>O60: Last but not least, if you had the chance, would you do it again?</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Yeah, I’d do it a little bit differently, I’d probably be a little bit more prepared.</p> <p dir="ltr">I think I'd work out a bit more of a strategic plan for when I'm not feeling very creative or I'm feeling a bit rundown ... and I think I worked that out towards the end. I was like, you just got to dance and listen to good music and make other people dance with you even if they don't want to. Nobody really wants to dance to some cool R&amp;B disco Song at seven o'clock in the morning, but If they pick up your energy, you're gonna go and you're gonna have some fun.</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/reel/CUZ4zPSBGaV/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <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/reel/CUZ4zPSBGaV/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by RMY (@robertmichaelyoung)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr"><em>Making It Australia</em><span> </span>returns on Thursday night at 7.30pm.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: @makingitau / Instagram</em></p>

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Death and rape threats": Sam Armytage opens up on career low point

<p><em>Image: Channel 7 </em></p> <p>Sam Armytage has opened up about one of her most memorable moments as a co-host of Sunrise: the widely panned Sexy and the City skit featuring Kristin Davis that left viewers cringing in 2016.</p> <p>Reflecting on the moment she was pushed by producers to a don a Carrie Bradshaw wig on live television, Sam said the swift fallout included “rape and death threats” that left her terrified in her own home.</p> <p>At the time, Davis, who plays Charlotte in SATC, was in Sydney as an ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and looked visibly taken aback when Sam tossed her a script to re-enact a scene with Edwina Bartholomew as Samantha and Nat Barr as Miranda.</p> <p>Muttering, “I don’t know if this is a great idea, frankly”, Davis later tweeted in response to a Sydney Morning Herald opinion piece which called the segment “gender-cringe TV at its worst”.</p> <p>As a result, Sam was dropped as the MC for a UNCHR event.</p> <p>Speaking on Chris Walker’s Brains Trust podcast this week, Sam opened up about the fallout of the failed comedy segment, revealing that she didn’t want to do the skit to begin with.</p> <p>She began discussing her life in the spotlight as a Sunrise host, which she hosted opposite David Koch for eight years, before leaving the role in March.</p> <p>In the interview, she said many days she’d find herself worrying about the day ahead from the moment she woke up.</p> <p>"There were quite a few days in there where you’d wake up, and that split second when your eyes open and you think, ‘What giant sh*t storm is going to hit today?’”</p> <p>Using Kristin Davis situation as an example, she went on to describe her confusion over being the one to bear the brunt of the backlash, despite the skit also involving Nat Barr and Edwina Bartholomew.</p> <p>Calling the skit “dumb” she said, “Guess who got blamed for it? Me. I just sort of sat there and thought, why is all this stuff only happening to me?” she said, going on to explain how hesitant she was to go ahead in the first place.</p> <p>“The day before that upstairs in the office when the producers were like ‘We’re gonna do this tomorrow,’ I just thought, ‘Really? That’s so lame.’"</p> <p>“I’d have days where I was like….I’ve got a journalism degree, do I really have to do this stuff?’ But you do it because it's your job."</p> <p>“It’s not the 7:30 report, I wasn’t under the illusion we had to be totally serious all the time. It but was the reaction to it that got me … it was very wearing, I had many moments where I was deeply upset and I had many, many times where I would call my mum in tears,” she explained.</p> <p>When pressed for details on the extent of the backlash, Sam admitted it was “stuff you couldn’t even write”, including “death and rape threats”.</p> <p>“It actually shocks me and saddens me that I became immune to that. Other people would be horrified whereas I had to go … ‘This is part of my life’.</p> <p>“There were many times we had to have police outside my house, my house in the country was vandalised six times.</p> <p>“You get to a point where you don’t feel safe (in your own home) which is part of the reason why I sold it in the end.</p> <p>“(I was) living on my own with the dog and it was very, very unsafe at times. I’m not a Kardashian, I didn’t go into this to be famous … I’m a journalist by trade, so I just decided to step back and reset my life,” she concluded as the reason she resigned.</p> <p>The 44-year-old left her role on the Channel 7 breakfast program in March after eight years at the helm, with Nat Barr taking on her role.</p>

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