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Is Kath and Kim making a comeback?

<p dir="ltr">Magda Szubanski is keeping tight-lipped on whether or not there will be a reboot of our favourite foxy ladies, <em>Kath and Kim</em>. </p> <p dir="ltr">The actress, who played Kim’s second best friend Sharon Strzelecki, was asked about whether the rumours could be true. </p> <p dir="ltr">"If I did I couldn't possibly tell you. If I did, I'd have to kill you and your publishers and everyone else," she told TV Week.</p> <p dir="ltr">"It would be a bloodbath!"</p> <p dir="ltr">She was also asked by the publication about whether she will come back as the beloved Sharon Strezelecki. </p> <p dir="ltr">"Again, I can neither confirm or deny!" she replied.</p> <p dir="ltr">Back in 2018, Magda mentioned the attention the show was getting years after it ended after Netflix picked it up. </p> <p dir="ltr">However, Jane Turner who played Kath, said the show would have to be completely modernised to be in tune with today’s lifestyle. </p> <p dir="ltr">"It would be very different now. There are always funny new trends and things Kath and Kim could put their spin on, which would be fun to do," she previously said. </p> <p dir="ltr">Then in May 2021 she said she wasn’t exactly “too keen” on creating a fifth season of the show.</p> <p dir="ltr">"I think it should be off the table... It holds such a special place in people's memories," she told <em>The Kyle and Jackie O Show</em>.</p> <p dir="ltr">"If we did a live show, which was a "best of" or something like that, that's different. But to actually try and do a whole new series, I think you can never capture that magic again."</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Facebook</em></p>

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Neighbours star furious over Logies snub

<p>Ryan Moloney – who has played Jarrod “Toadie” Rebecchi on Neighbours since 1995 – held nothing back as he blasted the treatment of the cast from the long-running show at the recent Logie Awards.</p> <p>Taking to 2Day FM’s Hughesy, Ed and Erin breakfasts’ show, Moloney ripped into the awards ceremony’s efforts in acknowledging Neighbours is about to come to an end.</p> <p>He argued those in the "In Memoriam" segment got a better run than they did.</p> <p>Moloney launched a hearty rant against the award show organisers for seating the team “behind the cameras” on Sunday night, and having former cast members Daniel MacPherson and Natalie Bassingthwaighte represent the cast on stage, rather than actors who have been part of the show for decades.</p> <p>“We turned up, and we did our mandatory three-hour talking to people on the red carpet... When we got in the room we ended up being split up and stuck on two different tables, it was horrible!” Moloney said on air.</p> <p>“Our table was actually even stuck behind the cameras, we couldn’t even see the stage... So we figured we weren’t going to get a gig then,” he added.</p> <p>Moloney said he found the package of snippets from the show that played during the ceremony “incredibly disappointing.”</p> <p>Elsewhere, he suggested having Bassingthwaighte and MacPherson represent the cast on stage was an affront to the show’s veteran stars, given they were both only part of the cast for four years.</p> <p>“Daniel and Nat are just absolutely gorgeous people and absolutely nothing against them, but we’ve got people who have been on TV for nearly 30 years each, and I think probably the least they could do is get us to say something … I mean we’re in the bloody Hall of Fame, that’s not how you treat a show that’s in the Hall of Fame. I mean good luck to the Logies really,” he fumed.</p> <p>His rampage didn’t stop there: “If it’s any indication, the In Memoriam section … I mean half the people in that have worked on Neighbours … They got a better guernsey than we did.”</p> <p>He said that actors from the show’s rival Channel 7 soap, Home and Away, even noticed the snub, approaching the table to offer their sympathy later in the night.</p> <p>“The cast of Home and Away came up afterwards and said how sorry they were that we got (snubbed),” he said.</p> <p>In March, it was announced to devastated fans that Neighbours was coming to an end. The soap drew around 1.5 million UK viewers daily and up to 170,000 metro viewers in Australia.</p> <p>The finale, which will feature special guest appearances from <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/entertainment/tv/another-neighbours-alum-to-return-for-final-episode" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Guy Pearce</a>, <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/news/news/kylie-minogue-and-jason-donovan-return-to-neighbours" target="_blank" rel="noopener"> Jason Donovan and Kylie Minogue</a>, is expected to air in August, truly marking the end of an era.</p>

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"Pull ya head in": Lisa Wilkinson’s colleagues lash out

<p dir="ltr">Lisa Wilkinson’s colleagues have turned on her in the wake of the Brittany Higgins trial being delayed.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>The Project</em> host caused <a href="https://oversixty.com.au/finance/legal/serious-legal-fallout-of-lisa-wilkinson-s-logies-speech" target="_blank" rel="noopener">serious legal issues</a> for the alleged rape case against the former Liberal Staffer following her Logies speech. </p> <p dir="ltr">Chief Justice Lucy McCallum announced the case, which was due to begin next week, has been delayed due to Wilkinson’s speech. </p> <p dir="ltr">And now, Wilkinson’s <em>Channel 10</em> colleagues have turned on her and the result has been nothing but nasty. </p> <p dir="ltr">Beloved weatherman Tim Bailey called out Wilkinson in a now deleted tweet telling her to “pull ya head in”.  </p> <p dir="ltr">“Hey Lisa, pull ya head in. I know this might be difficult, because it is a very big head. But please try. #LisaWilkinson #Logies2022 #carparkthief,” the tweet read. </p> <p dir="ltr"><img src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/2022/06/tim-bailey3.jpg" alt="" width="642" height="344" /></p> <p dir="ltr">Veteran newsreader Sandra Sully has also liked a tweet by celebrity reporter Peter Ford, who heavily criticised Wilkinson’s speech. </p> <p dir="ltr">His tweet had an image of The Daily Telegraph’s Wednesday front page showing Wilkinson with her hand up and the headline: “Hand up if you’ve caused court chaos”.</p> <p dir="ltr">Ford also tweeted: “Such serious consequences from @Lisa_Wilkinson Logies speech. If only she’d stuck to silly stories like the paparazzi who stalked her in Chapel Street. Hope she now backs away now and lets people seek justice they (both parties) deserve.” </p> <p dir="ltr"><img src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/2022/06/10-tweet.jpg" alt="" width="873" height="408" /></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Sunrise </em>presenter Natalie Barr also briefly mentioned the incident on the breakfast TV show on Wednesday questioning why the speech wasn’t checked by lawyers. </p> <p dir="ltr">“You know, we have our own lawyers, we often consult them before we put a story to air, would this have been the case where Channel 10's lawyers should have stepped in and lawyered this speech?”</p> <p dir="ltr">Ironically, Wilkinson called for discretion to be used when writing/reporting on the case. </p> <p dir="ltr">“Naming the man on social media &amp; passing judgement could have dire consequences for the outcome of any trial,” she tweeted last year. </p> <p dir="ltr">There is a high possibility that Wilkinson’s speech could be investigated and she may face legal consequences according to President of the Australian Bar Association Matthew Collin.</p> <p dir="ltr">Bruce Lehrmann is accused of sexually assaulting Higgins in 2019 and was due to stand trial in the ACT Supreme Court next week.</p> <p dir="ltr">He has pleaded not guilty over the alleged rape.</p> <p dir="ltr">Lehrmann’s team then requested a temporary stay of court proceedings due to the publicity surrounding the case from the speech.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Images: Instagram</em></p>

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“I didn’t expect that”: Celebrity Apprentice 2022 winner crowned

<p dir="ltr">In a nail-biting grand finale, the winner of Celebrity Apprentice 2022 has been crowned.</p> <p dir="ltr">Tuesday night’s episode saw Benji Marshall and Darren McMullen go head-to-head to fundraise for their chosen charities, with Benji Marshall claiming victory.</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-eb6e0752-7fff-5455-911e-93c4b43ade76"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">The two stars were given 24 hours to plan and host an epic charity event. Marshall took a risk to host a free concert - which he was advised against doing - while McMullen opted to throw a high-class charity night.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">And the winner of <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CelebrityApprentice?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#CelebrityApprentice</a> 2022 is... <a href="https://t.co/wDB73zBBPv">pic.twitter.com/wDB73zBBPv</a></p> <p>— #CelebrityApprentice Australia (@CelebApprentice) <a href="https://twitter.com/CelebApprentice/status/1539206379470131200?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 21, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <p dir="ltr">As risky as Marshall’s decision was, it ultimately paid off, with the former footy star raising a whopping $387,105 for Souths Cares, which supports disadvantaged and marginalised youth and their families through education, training, health and employment.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Listen, Benji, you came in here as an ex-football player one year on and you’re already back in a final. So the theme of your event was ‘dream big’,” Lord Alan Sugar said to him before the winner was announced.</p> <p dir="ltr">Marshall replied: “The reason why I love being involved with this charity is the kids remind me of me when I was a kid. I feel very connected to them.</p> <p dir="ltr">“The biggest thing I wanted to get out of this event was to inspire kids to dream as big as you want. Believe in yourself, work hard and you’ll be surprised at what can happen.”</p> <p dir="ltr">When it was pointed out how he could have raised money through selling tickets, merchandise, and sponsorship deals - instead opting to give it all away for free - Marshall agreed that it may have been a “bad business decision” but that he couldn’t help it.</p> <p dir="ltr">“To be fair, I probably took a lot of bad business decisions in terms of I could have raised more money, but I just could have missed this opportunity to give her kids stuff for free,” Marshall said.</p> <p dir="ltr">Meanwhile, McMullen’s total earnings of $172,617 for Feel the Magic, which provides early intervention grief programs for kids aged seven to 17, saw him admit that he couldn’t secure the VIP guests he wanted to.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I couldn’t do what I was great at, which is getting black book contacts and raising money,” McMullen said. “Yeah. So ultimately I certainly tried my best, but, there were a lot of phone calls not answered.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Lord Sugar ultimately declared Marshall the winner.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Benji, I am delighted to say that you are the winner of <em>Celebrity Apprentice</em>. With the additional $100,000, you have raised $487,105 - that’s a lotta-lotta money,” he told Marshall.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Well done, that’s going to do a lot of good.”</p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-4c677c92-7fff-804e-e9cd-d218170565b8"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">"I didn't expect that. I honestly didn't think I'd last that long because I don't really have a lot of experience in business," Benji told <em><a href="https://9now.nine.com.au/celebrity-apprentice-australia/2022-winner-exclusive-benji-marshall-grand-final-charity-event-money-raised-souths-cares/a6fefeb6-7fd9-4493-a046-5155a3e1ade2" target="_blank" rel="noopener">9Entertainment</a></em>.</p> <blockquote class="instagram-media" 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);" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CfELbuoJvkC/?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> <div style="padding: 12.5% 0;"> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; margin-bottom: 14px; align-items: center;"> <div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(0px) translateY(7px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; height: 12.5px; transform: rotate(-45deg) translateX(3px) translateY(1px); width: 12.5px; flex-grow: 0; margin-right: 14px; margin-left: 2px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(9px) translateY(-18px);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: 8px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 20px; width: 20px;"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 2px solid transparent; border-left: 6px solid #f4f4f4; border-bottom: 2px solid transparent; transform: translateX(16px) translateY(-4px) rotate(30deg);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: auto;"> <div style="width: 0px; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-right: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(16px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; flex-grow: 0; height: 12px; width: 16px; transform: translateY(-4px);"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-left: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(-4px) translateX(8px);"> </div> </div> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center; margin-bottom: 24px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 224px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 144px;"> </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;" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CfELbuoJvkC/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A post shared by Benji Marshall (@benji6marshall)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">Taking to social media overnight, Marshall thanked those who helped him pull the event together and reflected on raising the funds during the Omicron wave of COVID-19.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Wow. I am soo proud to have been able to represent @souths_cares and raise plenty of money and awareness for an amazing charity,” Marshall wrote.</p> <p dir="ltr">“To put together an event in the middle of when omicron first hit was tough. And all in one day. It would not have been possible without all the people that helped out along the way. Big thank you to my crew (Will McMahon, Woody Whitelaw, Bronte Campbell, and Vince Colosimo) for coming back and helping the bro out. You guys were the real mvps!!!”</p> <p dir="ltr">Marshall thanked the sponsors, friends and family who donated, and the musicians who performed for free, including Guy Sebastian, The Wiggles, Isaiah Firebrace, and Noora H.</p> <p dir="ltr">He also praised McMullen’s efforts in the finale.</p> <p dir="ltr">“You are a weapon Dazza and a worthy recipient of the title celebrity apprentice winner as well,” Marshall wrote.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Love ya.”</p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-9c09f668-7fff-9cb0-2b8f-2066d7ca48cc"></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: benji6marshall (Instagram)</em></p>

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Benji Marshall's stunning revelations

<p dir="ltr">Benji Marshall did not leave one dry eye in the house – nor for anyone looking on at home – in the latest episode of <em>Celebrity Apprentice</em> as he opened up about his troubled past.</p> <p dir="ltr">When the former NRL player was required to pitch a TV series idea as part of the <em>Celebrity Apprentice</em> challenge, Benji became very emotional when putting forward his idea for a documentary about his life.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I’ve never, ever talked about this publicly,” Benji told the on-screen TV executives.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I’ve never talked about this because it means so much to me.</p> <p dir="ltr">“No one knows the real me… because I don’t even know the real me, there’s half of me I haven’t found out about.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I don’t know my dad, I don’t know my culture, I don’t know my nationality.”</p> <p dir="ltr">He teared up saying that he wanted someone to help save him after suffering through a traumatic childhood.</p> <blockquote class="instagram-media" style="background: #FFF; 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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> <div style="padding: 12.5% 0;"> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; margin-bottom: 14px; align-items: center;"> <div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(0px) translateY(7px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; height: 12.5px; transform: rotate(-45deg) translateX(3px) translateY(1px); width: 12.5px; flex-grow: 0; margin-right: 14px; margin-left: 2px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(9px) translateY(-18px);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: 8px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 20px; width: 20px;"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 2px solid transparent; border-left: 6px solid #f4f4f4; border-bottom: 2px solid transparent; transform: translateX(16px) translateY(-4px) rotate(30deg);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: auto;"> <div style="width: 0px; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-right: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(16px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; flex-grow: 0; height: 12px; width: 16px; transform: translateY(-4px);"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-left: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(-4px) translateX(8px);"> </div> </div> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center; margin-bottom: 24px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 224px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 144px;"> </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;" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CfBoLdepBNb/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A post shared by Benji Marshall (@benji6marshall)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">“Growing up in a small town of NZ, my mum was very young, she had me at 15,” he continued.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I have this vivid memory of a seven-year-old boy, holding a butter knife, scared, sitting back in a dark corner, so no one could come from behind me to get me.</p> <p dir="ltr">“All I wanted was for someone to save me, someone to tuck me in, someone to save me, all I wanted was a dad.”</p> <p dir="ltr">He recalled the teasing he endured during school when kids would say “you don’t know your dad” which left him in tears.</p> <p dir="ltr">Wanting to find out who his father was, Benji got the courage to finally ask his mum but it was the look on her face that made him never ask again.</p> <p dir="ltr">“When I asked my mum who my dad was... I’ll never forget the look on her face, the look of fear, worry… it actually made me scared," he said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I never ever asked her again. I still don’t know until this day.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Benji then completed his pitch with a traditional haka dance and walked off, as he waited to hear whether or not he won the competition.</p> <p dir="ltr">In the boardroom, the judges debated and agreed on the winner.</p> <p dir="ltr">Benji won the $20,000 prize for his charity Souths Care, which supports disadvantaged, marginalised and Indigenous youth and families.</p> <p dir="ltr">He then bent over and cried when he realised he was heading off to the grand final, being congratulated by Lord Sugar’s adviser Janine Allis.</p> <p dir="ltr">The New Zealander also took to Instagram to thank fans for their support throughout his time on the show.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I can’t believe it. I’m Through to the GF on @celebrityapprentice I am super proud to be able to stand on the stage and share my story and pitch to everyone,” he wrote.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I shared things I have never spoken about before and I am proud to share my emotions and true feelings publicly.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Vulnerability is a strength. The feedback has been overwhelming. I appreciate everyone.”</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Instagram</em></p>

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Ally Langdon left red-faced at Logies

<p dir="ltr">Ally Langdon has been left red-faced after the weatherman from rival breakfast show <em>Sunrise</em> made a dig at the ratings. </p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Sunrise</em> weatherman Sam Mac and the <em>Today</em> co-host together presented the Logie Award for Most Outstanding Reality Program during the Logies on Sunday night. </p> <p dir="ltr">Ally began with greeting the crowd before saying hello to her nemesis who then left her embarrassed. </p> <p dir="ltr">“Hello to our rival breakfast show, the Today show, possibly our fiercest rivals behind the ABC,” Sam began to a laughing crowd.</p> <p dir="ltr">Sam’s joke was in reference to <em>The Today Show</em> falling to third place behind both <em>Sunrise</em> and the ABC’s <em>News Breakfast</em>.</p> <p dir="ltr">He then went on to call out her co-host Karl Stefanovic who didn’t help her down the stairs despite her injury. </p> <p dir="ltr">The camera switched to a laughing Karl who was seen holding a drink and Panadol. </p> <p dir="ltr">“Sorry I stopped listening two minutes ago, what was that?” Ally asked.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We should be grateful that there's no egos in breakfast TV any more,' he replied sarcastically to which Ally just said “for sure”. </p> <p dir="ltr">On Monday morning, Ally said she was feeling good as she and Karl began hosting the show. </p> <p dir="ltr">“I'm actually feeling better than I thought I would be,” she said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Yeah, I'm not!” joked Karl. </p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Nine</em></p>

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Patti Newton's heartwarming Logies moment

<p dir="ltr">Patti Newton took to the Logies stage to a standing ovation, before introducing and presenting the newly renamed ‘Bert Newton award for the Most Popular Presenter.</p> <p dir="ltr">Standing in front of an early photo of herself with her late husband, Patti spoke about her grief and how she knew Bert would always be with her.</p> <p dir="ltr">"I actually didn't think I was going to be able to do this tonight, because it is still very raw and I will never get over him not being here," she told the audience.</p> <p dir="ltr">"But I know he is with me. And here... he is inside me,” she added, going on to explain the ‘Bert’ necklace she was spotted wearing on the red carpet earlier that night.</p> <p dir="ltr">"My daughter had this Bert [necklace] made for me, so I will be wearing this forever around my neck,” Patti said</p> <p dir="ltr">“I will know who I am and when I cannot remember anymore, I will say who's that? It will be Bert."</p> <p dir="ltr">Patti reflected on her late husband’s “bravery”, the great experiences he had throughout his TV career, and one of the things he really loved.</p> <p dir="ltr">"He really did live his dream," she said, "but the one thing he really loved was this show, the Logies. This was his baby."</p> <p dir="ltr">She added that Bert had another “love”: his daughter Lauren, son Matthew, and six grandchildren.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I have been his partner for 57 years, it is a long time,” she said, prompting an eruption of applause she quickly responded to.</p> <p dir="ltr">"Thank you, but I don't need applause because I have loved every minute of those 57 years.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Patti then introduced the award named in Bert’s honour.</p> <p dir="ltr">"I've been so blessed that he chose me, and I think that's why we're so pleased that the award for the most popular presenter is going to be known as the 'Bert Newton Award for the Most Popular Presenter'," she said.</p> <p dir="ltr">"I was only thinking today, if I could just ask him how he feels about this particular award being named in his honour, and I'm absolutely certain that he would say, 'What? Not the gold, then?" she joked.</p> <p dir="ltr">To end her speech, Patti said: "He never wanted to be forgotten, so I hope he never is."</p> <p dir="ltr">She then presented the award to Hamish Blake for presenting Nine’s <em>Lego Masters</em>.</p> <p dir="ltr">On receiving the award, Blake said the fact that Bert “loved what he did” was something that struck him, and spoke of the late presenter’s generosity and kindness.</p> <p dir="ltr">“There will never be another Bert,” he said.</p> <p dir="ltr">See the full list of 2022 Logie winners below.</p> <ul> <li dir="ltr" aria-level="1"> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation"><em>The Newsreader</em>, ABC (TV WEEK Silver Logie – Most Outstanding Drama Series)</p> </li> <li dir="ltr" aria-level="1"> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation">Richard Roxburgh, <em>Fires</em>, ABC (TV WEEK Silver Logie – Most Outstanding Actor)</p> </li> <li dir="ltr" aria-level="1"> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation">Anna Torv, <em>The Newsreader</em>, ABC (TV WEEK Silver Logie – Most Outstanding Actress)</p> </li> <li dir="ltr" aria-level="1"> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation"><em>The Project</em> – Brittany Higgins Interview, Network 10 (Most Outstanding News Coverage or Public Affairs Report)</p> </li> <li dir="ltr" aria-level="1"> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation"><em>Incarceration Nation</em>, NITV (Most Outstanding Factual or Documentary Program)</p> </li> <li dir="ltr" aria-level="1"> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation">Heather Mitchell, <em>Love Me</em>, BINGE and FOXTEL (TV WEEK Silver Logie – Most Outstanding Supporting Actress)</p> </li> <li dir="ltr" aria-level="1"> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation">Colin Friels, <em>Wakefield</em>, ABC (TV WEEK Silver Logie – Most Outstanding Supporting Actor)</p> </li> <li dir="ltr" aria-level="1"> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation"><em>Fires</em>, ABC (TV WEEK Silver Logie – Most Outstanding Miniseries or Telemovie)</p> </li> <li dir="ltr" aria-level="1"> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation"><em>Gogglebox Australia</em>, FOXTEL (Most Popular Entertainment Program)</p> </li> <li dir="ltr" aria-level="1"> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation"><em>Bluey</em>, ABC (Most Outstanding Children’s Program)</p> </li> <li dir="ltr" aria-level="1"> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation">Guy Pearce, <em>Jack Irish</em>, ABC (TV WEEK Silver Logie – Most Popular Actor)</p> </li> <li dir="ltr" aria-level="1"> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation">Tony Armstrong, <em>News Breakfast</em>, ABC (Graham Kennedy Award For Most Popular New Talent)</p> </li> <li dir="ltr" aria-level="1"> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation"><em>The Project,</em> Network 10 (Most Popular Panel or Current Affairs Program)</p> </li> <li dir="ltr" aria-level="1"> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation">Kitty Flanagan, <em>Fisk</em>, ABC (TV WEEK Silver Logie – Most Popular Actress)</p> </li> <li dir="ltr" aria-level="1"> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation">Hamish Blake, <em>Lego Masters Australia</em>, 9Network (Bert Newton Award for Most Popular Presenter)</p> </li> <li dir="ltr" aria-level="1"> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation"><em>I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here!</em>, Network 10 (Most Outstanding Reality Program)</p> </li> <li dir="ltr" aria-level="1"> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation">Jacki Weaver, <em>Yellowstone</em>, Stan (TV Week Silver Logie – Most Popular Australian Actor Or Actress In An International Program)</p> </li> <li dir="ltr" aria-level="1"> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation"><em>Have You Been Paying Attention?</em>, Network 10 (Most Popular Comedy Program)</p> </li> <li dir="ltr" aria-level="1"> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation">Olympic and Paralympics Games Tokyo 2020, Seven Network (Most Outstanding Sports Coverage)</p> </li> <li dir="ltr" aria-level="1"> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation"><em>MasterChef Australia</em>, Network 10 (Most Popular Reality Program)</p> </li> <li dir="ltr" aria-level="1"> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation"><em>Travel Guides</em>, 9Network (Most Popular Lifestyle Program)</p> </li> <li dir="ltr" aria-level="1"> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation"><em>Home And Away</em>, Seven Network (Most Popular Drama Program)</p> </li> <li dir="ltr" aria-level="1"> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation"><em>Lego Masters Australia</em>, 9Network (Most Outstanding Entertainment or Comedy Program)</p> </li> </ul> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-82e4cc58-7fff-198e-a3c4-e0a10cb4125e"></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Nine</em></p>

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Surprise favourite heading into Logies weekend

<p dir="ltr">With the Logies just around the corner, debates about who could take home the Gold Logie are heating up, with gambling platforms even weighing in on who it could be.</p> <p dir="ltr">Radio star Hamish Blake has been dubbed a “shoo-in” for the award, but Sportsbet claims Channel 7’s Sonia Kruger could be tipped to nab the award instead, per <em><a href="https://www.news.com.au/entertainment/awards/logies/sportsbet-betting-odds-hint-sonia-kruger-is-hot-on-hamish-blakes-tail-for-gold-logie/news-story/06132b23f0f63ab0760c5d5ab77b766d" target="_blank" rel="noopener">news.com.au</a></em>.</p> <p dir="ltr">Though Blake is still the frontrunner, with betting at $1.80, it’s come as a drop from $1.40 over the past few weeks. Meanwhile, Kruger has gone from $6 to $4, making her the second favourite.</p> <p dir="ltr">Following close behind is <em>MasterChef</em>’s Melissa Leong at $5.50, with <em>Home and Away </em>star Ray Meagher sitting at $10 and <em>I’m a Celeb</em>’s Julie Morris on $11.</p> <p dir="ltr">A victory for Kruger has been a long time coming, with her 20-year career being recognised with a nomination for Most Popular Personality.</p> <p dir="ltr">Speaking to <em><a href="https://tvtonight.com.au/2022/06/2022-gold-logie-nominee-sonia-kruger.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener">TV Tonight</a></em> earlier in the week, the 56-year-old said it was “high time” a women nabbed the award, noting that most of the male nominees already have a Gold Logie to their name.</p> <p dir="ltr">“And it’s not a popularity contest but I did host every show on Channel 7 last year and deserve it more than everyone else,” she joked. </p> <p dir="ltr">Sportsbet’s Sean Ormerod echoed the sentiment.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Sonia would be a deserved winner if she takes home the Gold,” he said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“There isn’t much she hasn’t appeared on, <em>Big Brother</em>, <em>Holey Moley</em>, <em>Dancing With The Stars</em>, to name a few, and there’s no doubt her popularity with the voting public.”</p> <p dir="ltr">The 62nd TV Week Logie Awards is set to air on Channel Nine this Sunday at 7pm, with live voting for the Gold Logie open from now until the red carpet telecast.</p> <p dir="ltr">To vote for your favourite from the short-list of nominees, head <a href="https://www.news.com.au/entertainment/awards/oscars/the-will-smith-slap-has-no-place-at-the-oscars-but-absolutely-belongs-at-the-logies/news-story/91b43d68880147bb09c11961703acbb5" target="_blank" rel="noopener">here</a>.</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-527adac2-7fff-0406-f3a1-fba2c5f87230"></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Getty Images</em></p>

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Jean Kittson's departing swipe at Ronnie

<p dir="ltr">Comedian Jean Kittson has spoken out against her teammate, former <em>Block </em>star Ronnie Caceres, and his tasteless behaviour after she was fired from <em>Celebrity Apprentice Australia</em>.</p> <p dir="ltr">Kittson said she was “disappointed” that Caceres made a joke that she had dementia in front of several business executives from software company MYOB during her final challenge as the project manager.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Did you get that? Do you know how to spell that, MYOB?” he asked her. After continuing to speak over her, he joked, “Sorry, she’s got dementia.”</p> <p dir="ltr">“I didn’t like what happened in the last task with Ronnie,” she said in an exclusive interview with <a href="https://9now.nine.com.au/celebrity-apprentice-australia/2022-exclusive-jean-kittson-fired-ronnie-caceres-dementia-joke-exit-interview/bd190dbd-3f9b-48c2-baca-97faa3d63aff" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Nine</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">“It was disappointing, because before that I hadn’t really seen that side. He really doesn’t have to do that.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Though Caceres later apologised for his comments and said he was being a “smart a**e”, he went on to admit to the cameras that he was “going to say anything and do anything in my power not to get fired”.</p> <p dir="ltr">Kittson pointed out that his behaviour was part of a larger issue of how people are treated as they age.</p> <p dir="ltr">“There’s a storyline that goes… you end up in the over 60s and you’re done for, life’s over,” the 67-year-old said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“The older you get, the less heard you are, the less seen you are. That’s part of a really big problem in the community.</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-cf4e5461-7fff-7d6d-6dbf-b43178dddc28"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">“I’m really hoping that people just look at me and … I can still be myself. I don’t want to have to take on this role of old lady, or anything.”</p> <blockquote class="instagram-media" 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);" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/Ce00wxfvqwn/?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> <div style="padding: 12.5% 0;"> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; margin-bottom: 14px; align-items: center;"> <div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(0px) translateY(7px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; height: 12.5px; transform: rotate(-45deg) translateX(3px) translateY(1px); width: 12.5px; flex-grow: 0; margin-right: 14px; margin-left: 2px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(9px) translateY(-18px);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: 8px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 20px; width: 20px;"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 2px solid transparent; border-left: 6px solid #f4f4f4; border-bottom: 2px solid transparent; transform: translateX(16px) translateY(-4px) rotate(30deg);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: auto;"> <div style="width: 0px; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-right: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(16px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; flex-grow: 0; height: 12px; width: 16px; transform: translateY(-4px);"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-left: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(-4px) translateX(8px);"> </div> </div> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center; margin-bottom: 24px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 224px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 144px;"> </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;" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Ce00wxfvqwn/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A post shared by Jean Kittson (@jeankittson)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">In an Instagram post where she reflected on being fired from the show, Kittson made a subtle dig against Caceres, writing: “If you’re looking for a special gift for that certain someone… I recommend a box of d*cks.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Reflecting on her time in the competition, Kittson described it as a “fantastic journey”.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Thank you @celebrityapprentice for the opportunity to work with some of the most inspiring, generous and supportive human beings I have ever met,” she wrote.</p> <p dir="ltr">“It was an honour to represent (Taldumande Youth Services) an essential organisation supporting and caring for our young people and families in crisis.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Elsewhere in the post she thanked Benji Marshall, who blew up at Caceres after hearing what he said to Kittson.</p> <p dir="ltr">“After tonight’s episode in particular, once a gentleman always a gentleman, thank you,” Kittson wrote.</p> <p dir="ltr">Marshall then returned the praise, commenting on her post that she “should be super proud”.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I thought the box of $-!’Z was hilarious. But you carried yourself with class and respect and made the journey the more fun,” he wrote.</p> <p dir="ltr">“You did amazing for your charity too which is why we were all there - well most of us anyway!!!!!”</p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-776806d7-7fff-9ef2-e9d7-3e32818b6835"></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: @jeankittson (Instagram)</em></p>

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Natalie Barr and David Koch taken to task over interview

<p dir="ltr"><em>Sunrise </em>hosts David ‘Kochie’ Koch and Natalie Barr have been slammed for allowing a controversial critic to go on their show in the wake of the Amber Heard and Johnny Depp trial.</p> <p dir="ltr">US commentator and critic Cooper Lawrence appeared on the breakfast show on Wednesday slamming Heard following her loss against ex-husband Depp. </p> <p dir="ltr">She said that the <em>Aquaman 2</em> actress was still trying to “continue the toxic relationship” with Depp despite filing for divorce herself in 2016. </p> <p dir="ltr">“Remember they had divorced in 2017, things were over, she said I want him to move on, I want to move on, but then she wrote this article and she’s been poking the bear ever since because she still wants him in her life even if it’s in a negative way … They do have a toxic relationship and she clearly wants to continue it,” Lawrence told the hosts. </p> <p dir="ltr">“I was kinda looking for her to be more likeable and more honest here and to say all the things we’ve been hoping she’d say all along which she does for like two seconds, but then she goes back to her whole, ‘Johnny’s an abuser, he’s a liar, etc’ … it’s weird.”</p> <p dir="ltr">The 36-year-old lost the defamation case in which Depp argued that she had defamed him by referring to herself as a “public figure representing domestic abuse” in an op-ed for The Washington Post in 2018. </p> <p dir="ltr">Depp was awarded $14.4 million (AUD) in damages after the jury ruled his side. </p> <p dir="ltr">Heard has an interview coming up in which she admits to having “so much regret” with her marriage to Depp.</p> <p dir="ltr">Lawrence accused the actress of “lying again” and that she just wanted the attention on herself. </p> <p dir="ltr">“I think she’s on the ‘you need to listen to me tour’,” Lawrence said. </p> <p dir="ltr">“Yet she has these awkward moments that she had during the trial where you’re kind of like ‘Wait, are you lying again?’ It’s like she can’t get her own story straight that she memorised for this interview, and she’s not even under oath.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Australian feminist writer Clementine Ford called out the program for allowing Lawrence on the show, particularly when Heard in fact won the case in the UK.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Why is @sunriseon7 so invested in wheeling out people to continually pile on to a woman who has already had 12 out of 14 allegations of domestic abuse against her agreed with in a UK court? Why is it so important to them that their viewers be fed the villainous woman fiction?” she tweeted. </p> <p dir="ltr">Others agreed with Ford but there is still strong support for Depp after he won the case. </p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Images: Sunrise</em></p>

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"We will have it": Karl's big Bluey offer

<div> <div>Karl Stefanovic has taken a bold stance by offering for popular children’s show Bluey to be moved from the ABC to the Nine network – a suggestion that came after cartoon dad Bandit was targeted by "cancel culture" proponents.</div> <div> </div> <div>In an article published in <a href="https://theconversation.com/everyone-loves-bandit-from-bluey-but-is-he-a-lovable-larrikin-or-just-a-bad-dad-184239" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The Conversation</a>, two academics have questioned whether Bluey's dad Bandit is a loveable larrikin or in fact, a "bad dad".</div> </div> <div> <p>"If Bandit is a bad dad, then god help the rest of us," the Today host said.</p> <p>Since it first aired in 2018, Bluey has gained a massive worldwide audience, with Bandit's improvisational approach to parenting and playtime inspiring parents anyway.</p> <p>The article, written by University of Southern Queensland lecturers David Burton and Kate Cantrell, suggests there is "a darker side" to Bandit's character where they give examples of him "bullying" his children.</p> <p>While the academics do praise Bandit as an entertaining and engaged father who is heavily involved in his children's lives, they note how his playful teasing of his family across the series can get mean.</p> <p>In one episode Bandit offers to open Bingo's ice block, before upsetting her by repeatedly licking it in front of her.</p> <p>In another, he physically holds Bluey back from the finish line so he can win in an obstacle course and taunts his younger brother, Stripe, in another saying: "big brothers always beat little brothers" – a gibe Bluey imitates when she teases Bingo the same way.</p> <p>The article also calls Bandit "conservative when it comes to gender values" using the example of him reluctantly wearing make-up for his daughters until he is mocked by his mates and often censoring himself from "full imaginative play" when under the gaze of other males.</p> <p>He also teased his wife Chilli's pain during childbirth and refers to her as the "boring" parent when she calls him out for things like forgetting to put sunscreen on the girls and prioritising work over spending time with the family.</p> <p>Education consultant Dr Mark Lopez called the article an example of post-modernism being "destructive" and an "unquenchable desire to politicise everything".</p> <p>"They are pretending they're trying to understand and enlighten, but actually it's all about bringing things down," Lopez told Today.</p> <p>"It's destructive, it's motivated by a hatred of Western civilisation and culture and it just spreads misery and discontent, and this is a perfect example."</p> <p>The controversial article was shared by ABC, the network Bluey airs on, and has since copped a lot of backlash.</p> <p>Karl suggested an easy solution: "I have a very simple solution - I'm happy for the production of Bluey to just move away from the ABC, we will do a deal with Channel Nine and we will run Bluey on this show every morning at 8.00 for the next 10 years," he said.</p> <p>"It is just easy, if they don't like their own product, then we will have it. You know we are generous here at the Nine Network.</p> <p>Image: Today </p> </div>

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Karl Stefanovic rejected by Jacinda Ardern

<p dir="ltr">Jacinda Ardern has rejected Karl Stefanovic’s proposal to be appointed as an unofficial Australian. </p> <p dir="ltr">The New Zealand Prime Minister appeared on <em>The Today Show</em> after meeting with Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese. </p> <p dir="ltr">The pair met up to discuss what the countries have in common and on how to improve their migration policies. </p> <p dir="ltr">Karl then suggested that Ms Ardern could one day become an Australian, to which she immediately responded with a rejection. </p> <p dir="ltr">"We love welcoming Kiwis, especially claiming the good ones as our own," Karl said.</p> <p dir="ltr">"No, there is absolutely no prospect of that ever happening, thank you," Ms Ardern swiftly</p> <p dir="ltr">"That's the firmest answer we've had this morning, you don't want to think about it?" Karl asked.</p> <p dir="ltr">"It's a hard no, but thank you though,” she said ending the conversation. </p> <p dir="ltr">It’s no secret Australia likes to claim some New Zealanders as their own be it Russell Crowe or Keith Urban. </p> <p dir="ltr">Ms Ardern was the first world leader to be invited to Australia since Mr Albanese was sworn in as Prime Minister. </p> <p dir="ltr">The pair discussed the trans-Tasman relationship and are looking forward to creating more opportunities for citizens of each country. </p> <p dir="ltr">"The prime minister and I are determined to take trans-Tasman relations to a new level - a new level of cooperation in the mutual interests of both of our nations," Mr Albanese said.</p> <p dir="ltr">"What that means is new jobs, new growth, new opportunities to co-operate."</p> <p dir="ltr">Ms Ardern welcomed the ideas and said it was great working so closely with Australia. </p> <p dir="ltr">"There are no two countries that I can think of that have a closer relationship than ours and when I say that we are family, I mean it very sincerely," she said.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Images: The Today Show</em></p>

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Another Neighbours alum to return for final episode

<p dir="ltr">Former <em>Neighbours </em>star Guy Pearce is coming home to Ramsay Street one more time for the show's grand finale.</p> <p dir="ltr">Pearce, who has gone on to star in <em>Memento</em>, <em>LA Confidential</em> and <em>The King's Speech</em> among other big titles, has returned to film the end to the shows 37-year run, with the final episode airing on August 1.</p> <p dir="ltr">The actor isn’t the only big-name star to return for the finale, with alums Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan both reprising their roles.</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-3ddd5b5f-7fff-9a31-5a77-48e266e83244">Speaking to London newspaper <em>Metro</em>, Pearce described his return to <em>Neighbours </em>as “very exciting and surreal”, and that it “feels like coming home”.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">What better way to start your weekend than with this?! </p> <p>Mike Young is back on his old stomping ground, Ramsay Street! 🔥 <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Neighbours?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Neighbours</a> <a href="https://t.co/PK50CInGPr">pic.twitter.com/PK50CInGPr</a></p> <p>— Neighbours (@neighbours) <a href="https://twitter.com/neighbours/status/1532829478967050240?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 3, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <p dir="ltr">“It’s where it all started for me professionally. I’ve been asked to come back on occasions over the years and wondered whether it was the right thing to do, but once I knew the show was finishing, I knew I had to do it,” he said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“While I’ve caught up with many of the cast I worked with on the show over the years, there is nothing like being here all together again.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Pearce has already been taking to social media to share sweet behind-the-scenes moments with the rest of the cast, saying it was “so lovely” to be reunited.</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-dbcc7453-7fff-cadc-72bd-49c1c66b72d9"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">“Another delightful day on set with beautiful old friends … (and a pretty swish new bike!),” he captioned one post.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Another delightful day on set with beautiful old friends.....(and a pretty swish new bike!) <a href="https://t.co/x6sosGEZeD">pic.twitter.com/x6sosGEZeD</a></p> <p>— Guy Pearce (@TheGuyPearce) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheGuyPearce/status/1533785389726461952?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 6, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <p dir="ltr">Jason Herbison, the soap’s executive producer, told the newspaper Pearce’s return to set was “poignant” for everyone involved.</p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b3c1adb2-7fff-e060-7f5e-6f31e1ba80cf"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">“I’m incredibly honoured that Guy is returning to the show for a very special story arc,” Herbison continued. “Having him back on set has been poignant for him and for us. He’s been very involved in the storyline, and I can’t wait to finally answer the question for viewers - who is Mike Young today?”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">So lovely to be back with the gang! And to get to work with my lovely friend Henrietta Graham too. <a href="https://twitter.com/NeighboursTV?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@NeighboursTV</a> <a href="https://t.co/XlXSbXBA4P">pic.twitter.com/XlXSbXBA4P</a></p> <p>— Guy Pearce (@TheGuyPearce) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheGuyPearce/status/1532866692270895106?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 3, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <p dir="ltr">Herbison, who wrote the final episode, told <em>Digital Spy</em> that it won’t be obvious to everyone.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I feel very privileged to write the final episodes and bring our beloved Neighbours to an end. I always had a vision of how I would close the show and I have stuck to that vision, so I hope the viewers enjoy it,” he said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“The magnitude of the moment is not lost on me and everyone is coming together behind the scenes to make the ending as befitting as possible,” he added, hinting that more surprises were in store.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I’m pleased to say that I haven’t seen anyone guess what happens yet - though the final scene would be hard to guess!”</p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b2101cef-7fff-f6ec-aebb-42303fce5e4c"></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: @neighbours (Twitter)</em></p>

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‘You Can’t Ask That’ producer shares the most difficult question he’s ever asked

<p dir="ltr">The co-creator and producer of the ABC’s show, <em>You Can’t Ask That</em>, has answered some tough questions of his own, revealing which were the most confronting questions to ask guests.</p> <p dir="ltr">Sydneysider Kirk Docker has interviewed “misunderstood, marginalised” Australians for seven seasons of the ABC show, with the latest season seeing him speak to bogans, models and porn stars across the 30-minute episodes.</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-f0d45c06-7fff-b311-655b-92d8d2f13d14"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">While reflecting on his time on the show, Mr Docker said the “most confronting question” he’s asked was during the season seven episode on dementia.</p> <blockquote class="instagram-media" 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);" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CUJ66MSFi_m/?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> <div style="padding: 12.5% 0;"> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; margin-bottom: 14px; align-items: center;"> <div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(0px) translateY(7px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; height: 12.5px; transform: rotate(-45deg) translateX(3px) translateY(1px); width: 12.5px; flex-grow: 0; margin-right: 14px; margin-left: 2px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(9px) translateY(-18px);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: 8px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 20px; width: 20px;"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 2px solid transparent; border-left: 6px solid #f4f4f4; border-bottom: 2px solid transparent; transform: translateX(16px) translateY(-4px) rotate(30deg);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: auto;"> <div style="width: 0px; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-right: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(16px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; flex-grow: 0; height: 12px; width: 16px; transform: translateY(-4px);"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-left: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(-4px) translateX(8px);"> </div> </div> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center; margin-bottom: 24px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 224px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 144px;"> </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;" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CUJ66MSFi_m/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A post shared by Kirk Docker (@kirkdocker)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">The question posed to guests with the incurable condition was: “Do you want to kill yourself before you become a vegetable?”, which Mr Docker described as “insensitive”.</p> <p dir="ltr">“This person knows that they’re deteriorating and the idea of calling them a vegetable, which is what they are going to become, and that you ultimately want to end your life before you become this thing that no one wants, that’s the most horrible thought,” he told the <em><a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/backstory/2022-06-01/making-you-cant-ask-that-kirk-docker-brutal-questions/101115280" target="_blank" rel="noopener">ABC</a></em>.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I was nervous about asking that, because I knew that it’s a delicate subject matter and it was hard, too, because of the coronavirus, I had to do some of those interviews via the internet, which I don’t really like doing because with those sorts of questions they can’t feel my energy in the room.”</p> <p dir="ltr">The episode tackling postnatal depression, also in season seven, was another difficult one for Mr Docker to get through due to the topic’s sensitive nature.</p> <p dir="ltr">“In this year’s episode on postnatal depression the question, ‘Did you want to hurt your baby?’ I think was a particularly tough question, but the answer, overwhelmingly, was: ‘I was expecting this one to be in there and here’s the truth’,” he explained.</p> <p dir="ltr">Despite the harsh nature of the show, which spans asking bogans “what’s with the mullet?” to questioning overweight people about why they’re fat or don’t exercise, the guests - who are open to sharing their experiences and their stories are treated with respect.</p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-55ab82fa-7fff-cc0e-ecfa-da96bd2a0246"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">Season seven of <em>You Can’t Ask That</em> airs on ABC TV every Wednesday night and is available to watch in its entirety on ABC <a href="https://iview.abc.net.au/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">iView</a>.</p> <p><iframe title="YouTube video player" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/jm8dxs8yRbY" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p dir="ltr"><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-d0a61166-7fff-e1f7-eecd-695065ce9455">Image: ABC TV</span></em></p>

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What hides beneath the Sunrise desk

<p dir="ltr">Natalie Barr has given a little behind-the-scenes glimpse on what hides beneath her desk while reporting.</p> <p dir="ltr">The <em>Sunrise</em> co-host shared a video to her Instagram and revealed a bunch of heaters under the desk used to keep her and her colleagues warm. </p> <p dir="ltr">“Winter is coming. Heaters=check. Thermals in the freezing studio=check. Me whinging about how cold it is=check. Sorry @kochie_online and @markberetta @sunriseon7,” she captioned it. </p> <p dir="ltr">The comment section contained mixed reactions from fans who pointed out that she could stay warm in other ways and others saying imagine how homeless people felt. </p> <blockquote class="instagram-media" 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);" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/tv/CeKDt3bhch1/?utm_source=ig_embed&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> <div style="padding: 12.5% 0;"> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; margin-bottom: 14px; align-items: center;"> <div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(0px) translateY(7px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; height: 12.5px; transform: rotate(-45deg) translateX(3px) translateY(1px); width: 12.5px; flex-grow: 0; margin-right: 14px; margin-left: 2px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(9px) translateY(-18px);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: 8px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 20px; width: 20px;"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 2px solid transparent; border-left: 6px solid #f4f4f4; border-bottom: 2px solid transparent; transform: translateX(16px) translateY(-4px) rotate(30deg);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: auto;"> <div style="width: 0px; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-right: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(16px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; flex-grow: 0; height: 12px; width: 16px; transform: translateY(-4px);"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-left: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(-4px) translateX(8px);"> </div> </div> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center; margin-bottom: 24px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 224px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 144px;"> </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;" href="https://www.instagram.com/tv/CeKDt3bhch1/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A post shared by Natalie Barr (@natalie_barr7)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">“Imagine how the homeless feel,” someone wrote. </p> <p dir="ltr">“Maybe you can wear some warm ugg boots while you are sitting under the desk?” someone suggested. </p> <p dir="ltr">“Put the Cash Cow suit on Nat!” another suggested.</p> <p dir="ltr">“When you are not paying the electricity bills I would be doing the same,” one read.</p> <p dir="ltr">It comes as the east coast of Australia shivers through freezing temperatures, showers, snow and icy winds.</p> <p dir="ltr">The cold front and low pressure system is expected to continue well into the week as Winter also begins on June 1.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Images: Instagram</em></p>

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How Studio Ghibli films can help us rediscover the childlike wonder of our connection with nature

<p>Films with powerful environmentally centred narratives can <a href="https://time.com/5889324/movies-climate-change/">transform our thinking</a> and connect us with nature in ways that scientific papers cannot. For example, <a href="https://ghiblicollection.com/">Studio Ghibli</a>, a renowned Japanese film studio co-founded by animator <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/23/t-magazine/hayao-miyazaki-studio-ghibli.html">Hayao Miyazaki</a>, creates complex visual stories about human-nature relationships that transcend barriers of culture or age. A key message of Miyazaki’s work is that we must respect nature – or face our own destruction.</p> <p>Miyazaki’s films offer viewers moments of escape into fantastical worlds that nonetheless echo problems of modernity, demonstrating that it’s possible to portray complex environmental issues through animation in a way that retains mainstream appeal.</p> <p>As a conservation scientist and Studio Ghibli enthusiast, I’ve <a href="https://www.mdpi.com/2075-4698/10/2/35">analysed</a> the environmental themes in three of its most well-known films: Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984), My Neighbour Totoro (1988) and Princess Mononoke (1997).</p> <h2>Nausicaä</h2> <p>Nausicaä, released with a special recommendation from the <a href="https://www.wwf.org.uk/">World Wildlife Fund</a> for Nature, tells the story of an apocalyptic event that wreaks havoc on global ecosystems. Surviving humans must coexist alongside the <a href="https://ghibli.fandom.com/wiki/Toxic_Jungle">Toxic Jungle</a>, a dangerous landscape filled with poisonous fungal spores. Most humans fear the Toxic Jungle and seek to destroy it. But what they don’t understand is that it’s cleansing the environment for their benefit.</p> <p>Miyazaki designed the film to mirror our society, where <a href="https://cusp.ac.uk/themes/s1/blog-np-goals-for-good/">prioritising</a> short-term materialistic growth over long-term environmental sustainability is predicted to lead to collapse. The film reminds us that being at war with nature ultimately ends in our <a href="https://theconversation.com/humanity-and-nature-are-not-separate-we-must-see-them-as-one-to-fix-the-climate-crisis-122110">demise</a>. To create a sustainable future, we must <a href="https://www.apu.ac.jp/rcaps/uploads/fckeditor/publications/journal/RJAPS33_6_Akimoto2.pdf">work with nature</a> rather than against it.</p> <h2>My Neighbour Totoro</h2> <p>In <a href="https://ghibli.fandom.com/wiki/My_Neighbor_Totoro">My Neighbour Totoro</a>, a pair of young sisters move to a house in the countryside with their father as their mother recovers from illness. The girls explore their new house and the surrounding forest, forming a friendship with a large forest spirit named Totoro.</p> <p>During <a href="https://theconversation.com/did-the-covid-lockdowns-work-heres-what-we-know-two-years-on-176623">UK lockdowns</a>, local green spaces became a <a href="https://theconversation.com/parks-and-green-spaces-helped-us-get-through-lockdown-but-not-everyone-has-equal-access-157308">haven</a> supporting my mental health and reminding me of my intrinsic connection to nature and to other humans. As I saw children spending more time playing on the grass or climbing trees, I realised the importance of <a href="https://activeforlife.com/unstructured-nature-play">unstructured playtime</a> in nature. Indeed, a growing body of <a href="http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30003638">research</a> suggests that children’s interactions with the natural world are invaluable for their wellbeing.</p> <p>In Miyazaki’s film, the young sisters become friends with Totoro, explore their surroundings, and discover their affinity for their environment. Totoro is depicted as a warm and nurturing mother figure, representing and encouraging the <a href="https://www.takingcharge.csh.umn.edu/how-does-nature-impact-our-wellbeing">healing effects</a> of communing with nature: which have been <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/mar/14/wild-ideas-how-nature-cures-are-shaping-our-literary-landscape">well-documented</a> in research and culture.</p> <h2>Princess Mononoke</h2> <p>Princess Mononoke is set in <a href="https://www.japan-experience.com/plan-your-trip/to-know/japanese-movies/japan-from-princess-mononoke-1997">14th-century Japan</a>, a world where the constant battle between humans and <a href="https://www.japan-talk.com/jt/new/kami">forest kami</a> (spirits) leads to casualties on both sides. In <a href="https://theconversation.com/japans-shinto-religion-is-going-global-and-attracting-online-followers-174924">Shinto</a>, a traditional Japanese religion, these kami are part of nature – but they’re not soft-natured entities. When humans refuse to respect their environment, they can seek revenge.</p> <p>The film’s most powerful kami is the Forest Spirit (<a href="https://ashleykress.tripod.com/princessmononoke/id10.html">Shishigami</a>), who is neither good nor evil but represents the pure power of nature. During the day, Shishigami appears as a deer. At night, it transforms into the eerie Night Walker. This transformation represents the duality of nature as a bringer of life and death, echoing how the natural world has the ability to both <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/nov/02/beware-gaia-theory-climate-crisis-earth">support and destroy</a> humankind.</p> <p>Similarly, the antagonist of the film, Lady Eboshi, isn’t in fact a clear-cut villain. Although she wants to cut down the forest to feed iron mines, she’s also the kind, generous leader of Iron Town, providing a haven for social outcasts and espousing gender equality. Yet despite her wish to build a better society, her actions – however well-intentioned – will destroy the forest and the homes of the kami.</p> <p>This situation is a microcosm of ongoing <a href="https://theconversation.com/climate-change-is-a-justice-issue-these-6-charts-show-why-170072">environmental justice</a> issues across the world, where poor and marginalised groups, including <a href="https://www.un.org/development/desa/dspd/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2020/01/World-Social-Report-2020-FullReport.pdf">Indigenous people and women</a>, suffer for the actions of the wealthy. In particular, although wealthy countries contribute the most to climate change, it’s poorer countries that must carry the greatest <a href="https://www.latimes.com/opinion/editorials/la-ed-climate-change-global-warming-part-2-story.html">climate-related burdens</a>.</p> <p>As viewers of Princess Mononoke, we’re being encouraged to move beyond dichotomies of “us versus them”, thinking which allows groups with more power to distance themselves from those without: or even to <a href="https://unevenearth.org/2020/05/planet-of-the-dehumanized/">dehumanise</a> them altogether. Miyazaki’s work is a lesson in seeking intrinsic commonalities – what connects us rather than what divides – and using these to imagine fairer, more equal societies that live in harmony with nature.</p> <p>This article originally appeared on<a href="https://theconversation.com/how-studio-ghibli-films-can-help-us-rediscover-the-childlike-wonder-of-our-connection-with-nature-176612" target="_blank" rel="noopener"> The Conversation. </a></p> <p><em>Image: Getty</em></p>

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Ellen’s surprise confession

<p>Ellen DeGeneres has announced that she will end her talk show after almost 20 years on air. </p> <p>The 64-year-old announced in May last year that she would end her show after her reputation took a hit following reports of pay reduction, racism and intimidation toward crew members.  </p> <p>On Thursday, she surprised guests that that would be the last episode to air before sharing how different her first episode was 19 years ago until today. </p> <p>“Twenty years ago, when we were trying to sell the show, no one thought that this would work. Not because it was a different kind of show, but because I was different," she said.</p> <p>"When we started this show, I couldn't say 'gay' on the show. I was not allowed to say 'gay.' I said it at home a lot. 'What are we having for gay breakfast?'"</p> <p>"We couldn't say 'gay.' I couldn't say 'we,' because that implied that I was with someone.</p> <p>"I sure couldn't say 'wife,' and that's because it wasn't legal for gay people to get married, and now I say 'wife' all the time.</p> <p>"Twenty-five years ago, they cancelled my sitcom because they didn't want a lesbian to be in primetime once a week. I said, 'Okay, then I'll be on daytime every day. How about that?'"</p> <p>Ellen then asked her DJ, Stephen Boss aka tWitch, for one final dance where the pair boogied in between the audience to Best of My Love by The Emotions. </p> <p>The host was also joined by Friends star Jennifer Aniston, singer Billie Eilish and Pink who shared memories from their first show. </p> <p>Ellen then ended the show by thanking her camera crew and audience saying that she hoped she inspired them through her shows.</p> <p>"If I've done anything in the past 19 years, I hope I've inspired you to be yourself. Your true, authentic self,” she said.</p> <p>“And if someone is brave enough to tell you who they are, be brave enough to support them, even if you don't understand. They're showing you who they are and that is the biggest gift anybody can ever give you. </p> <p>“And by opening your heart and your mind, you're gonna be that much more compassionate. And compassion is what makes the world a better place. </p> <p>“Thank you so much for being on this journey with me. I feel the love and I send it back to you. Bye."</p> <p><em>Image: YouTube</em></p>

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Sunrise hosts left stunned by controversial take on Texas shooting

<p>David ‘Kochie’ Koch and Natalie Barr have been stunned by a guest’s take on how to solve America’s mass shooting crisis.</p> <p>The Sunrise hosts spoke to FBI veteran and active shooter expert Greg Shaffer on Wednesday after the news broke that there had been another massacre, this time at a <a href="https://oversixty.com.au/news/news/21-dead-at-primary-school-shooting" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Texas primary school</a>.</p> <p>At least 18 students, one teacher, and two other adults were killed when 18-year-old gunman Salvador Ramos stormed Robb Elementary school.</p> <p>When asked for his opinion on how to end their constant string of shootings at US schools, Shaffer shocked the audiance with his response.</p> <p>“We need to put armed police officers in every school in America, no questions asked,” he said.</p> <p>“Secondly, we need to get better at realising the pre-indicators to violence so we can prevent these attacks from happening before they do."</p> <p>“We’re doing a pretty good job at how to respond to these, but we need to stop them before they start.”</p> <p>Kochie questioned how someone with Shaffer’s credentials could have formed such an opinion.</p> <p>“So, Greg Shaffer, FBI veteran and expert on active shooter situations, you’re saying the way to fight this is with more guns? Is to actually put armed police in every school?"</p> <p>“Australians would shake their head at that and say, ‘Why don’t you tighten gun laws?’ Is that unrealistic in the US now? Has it got beyond the point of no return?”</p> <p>Shaffer responded by saying the “ship has sailed” on gun control in the United States before claiming the country doesn’t have a “gun violence problem,” it has an “evil person problem”.</p> <p>“These people are sick, they’re violent by nature and that’s what causing this,” he claimed.</p> <p>“You can’t confiscate all of the weapons in America and with our second amendment, you lawfully can’t do it.”</p> <p>Barr then asked: ”The fact that Americans don’t admit that there’s a problem, isn’t that a problem?”</p> <p>Following the interview, Kochie said Shaffer’s response gave viewers “an insight into the horrific psyche of Americans in this situation”.</p> <p><em>Image: Sunrise</em></p>

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"I was upset": Karl confirms snub to Sam Armytage

<p dir="ltr">Karl Stefanovic has confirmed he was passed over as the host of Channel 9’s election coverage over the weekend.</p> <p dir="ltr">The 47-year-old told former Sunrise host Samantha Armytage that he was “upset” about the snub during his appearance on her podcast <em><a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/something-to-talk-about-with-samantha-armytage/id1553858670" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Something to Talk About With Samantha Armytage</a></em>.</p> <p dir="ltr">Though Stefanovic and his Today co-star Allison Langdon reportedly presented a strong pitch to host the bulletin, Nine opted for long-time presenter Peter Overton and Melbourne newsreader Alicia Loxley.</p> <p dir="ltr">Stefanovic admitted to Armytage that the snub was disappointing.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I was upset that I didn’t host the election … It’s kind of like doing all the preliminary games for two years and then missing out on the Super Bowl,” he said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“But it’s not something you need to articulate in a particularly public fashion: ‘I was really shitty.’ No, no.</p> <p dir="ltr">“When you’ve been in broadcasting as long as I have, you’re going to get some gigs, you’re not going to get them all.</p> <p dir="ltr">“You think about it for a while and you go, other people make those decisions … I’ll just stay at home and [shrug it off].”</p> <p dir="ltr">Langdon was reportedly particularly “aggrieved” about the snub, with <em><a href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/entertainment/annette-sharp-allison-langdon-not-happy-to-be-overlooked-for-election-night-duties/news-story/0b563a64b91f98ea1aa2a0b496446778" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The Daily Telegraph</a></em> reporting that sources said she was “bristling” over the choice and took her complaint to Darren Wick, Nine’s director of news.</p> <p dir="ltr">On Armytage’s podcast, Stefanovic said the pair had done “an enormous amount of work” prior to the election, including interviewing political figures every day during the campaign, with Stefanovic even pulling off major interviews with Scott Morrison and Anthony Albanese for 60 Minutes.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I’m very proud of what we did day in, day out. And while I might be upset, you’ve got to put your big boy pants on and go to work the next day and get on with it,” he added. </p> <p dir="ltr">The snub comes after Stefanovic was nominated for the Gold Logie at this year’s awards, having been nominated twice previously and winning the Gold Logie in 2011.</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-f6e665f1-7fff-f3fb-7b6b-f93c2543eb6c"></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: @karlstefanovic (Instagram)</em></p>

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