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Former Today presenter opens up on “humiliating” axing

<p>Broadcaster Sami Lukis has opened up about the “cut-throat” television and radio industry as she detailed her “humiliating” experience of being sacked from the <em>Today</em> show.</p> <p>Lukis, who worked as weather presenter on the Channel 9 breakfast show from 2002 to 2004, said she received the “shocking” news from her manager at the end of her three-week US holiday.</p> <p>“Talk about a holiday to remember,” Lukis wrote on <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/entertainment/tv/morning-shows/sami-lukis-my-humiliating-today-show-sacking/news-story/883511de9b9398c97d05d39578406e35" target="_blank">news.com.au</a>.</em></p> <p>“This all happened many years ago, but the memory is just as vivid today. And thinking about how it all went down still makes me anxious.”</p> <p>Lukis said Richard Wilkins, her friend and colleague at the network, had been told she was leaving the show before she found out.</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/B1tBtfEAFIl/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B1tBtfEAFIl/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Sami Lukis (@samilukis)</a> on Aug 28, 2019 at 3:00am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>She later discovered that Steve Price, who was her holiday replacement, would be taking over her role. She said while the news was “an added kick in the guts”, she did not bear him any ill will. “I have no hard feelings towards Stevie,” she wrote. “He was clearly the right man for the job. I mean, he’s still there, all these years later.”</p> <p>Lukis said the experience helped her prepare for another sacking a decade later, when she was let go from her breakfast show at Mix FM . After nearly a year of co-hosting the morning program with Yumi Stynes, a friend informed her of reports that Kyle Sandilands and Jackie O would be moving to the network.</p> <p>“’The story in today’s paper that Kyle &amp; Jackie O are taking over the breakfast show at Mix FM. Isn’t that your job?’” Lukis recalled her friend’s message.</p> <p>“Yep. It was my job at the time. My network. My timeslot.</p> <p>“It certainly would have lessened the blow if the bosses had respected me enough to let me know, before it became public knowledge.”</p> <p>In January 2014, Kyle and Jackie O began broadcasting at the station, which was also rebranded as KIIS FM.</p> <p>“In an industry that’s all about ‘communicating’, it’s ironic that communication is often its greatest let down,” Lukis wrote.</p>

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Kate Ritchie reveals rude shock on her final day of Home and Away

<p>Kate Ritchie has shared a cheeky treatment she received from a co-star on her final day of filming <em>Home and Away</em>.</p> <p>Ritchie, who left her role as Sally Fletcher on the Channel 7 soap in 2008 after 20 years, shared that another actor seemed too eager to see her leave.</p> <p>Speaking on her Nova FM show <em>Kate, Tim and Marty</em> Wednesday evening, she told her co-hosts that a struggle for a pigeon hole ensued on her last day on the set.</p> <p>“I swear to god, I had not even finished filming my final scene and I go into the green room between scenes … and someone had pulled my name off [the pigeon hole],” Ritchie said.</p> <p>“I had a good pigeon hole because I’d earnt it. Up high on the corner near the phone. Someone peeled my name off and put their name on it!”</p> <p>Ritchie’s co-host Marty Sheargold joked, “Well, that’s the business isn’t it! 20 years means nothing when there’s a good pigeon hole to be grabbed!”</p> <p>In 2008, Ritchie – who at one point was the joint Guinness Book of World Records holder for the longest continuous role in an Australian drama series – said she had been thinking of leaving the show for years.</p> <p>“My decision to leave <em>Home and Away</em> could draw many similarities to breaking up with the boyfriend, you just knew you had to,” she told the <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.heraldsun.com.au/entertainment/television/summer-bay-sal-bids-fond-farewell/news-story/c9c122120736f0fb659715a7f504db8f?sv=e29b3fabd69cf0247683fb24a8679be7" target="_blank"><em>Herald Sun</em></a>.</p> <p>“You still loved him, you always would and no doubt you were going to miss him like crazy -- after all, you’re not sure you even remember life before he came along.</p> <p>“But something just wasn’t right any more and the time had come for the inevitable parting of ways.”</p> <p>In 2014, Ritchie joined Nova’s national drive show as a replacement for Meshel Laurie.</p> <p>Ritchie said while she misses acting, she enjoys her broadcasting work and the lifestyle it offers. “I’ve really enjoyed working on the radio and learning a new set of skills,” she told <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.who.com.au/kate-ritchie-confidence" target="_blank">Who</a>.</em></p> <p>“But also, the lifestyle that it allows me to have! This [afternoon show] schedule means I can actually support my daughter. I can take Mae to school, I can do Pilates if I feel like it. My life is too good sometimes.”</p>

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Scott Cam speaks out: "I was upset"

<p>After two long, action-packed episodes where viewers watched <em>The Block</em> contestants Mark and Mitch, go head to head with show’s host Scott Cam, their issues have finally been put to rest. </p> <p>The couple apologised to Scott on Tuesday night’s episode after an explosive argument aroused from Mark and Mitch accusing the host of being homophobic. </p> <p>Cam repeatedly called their second living space a “party room,” much to the dismay of the contestants who felt their “party room” meant a judgement on their lifestyle. </p> <p>“By 2019 homophobic innuendos are f***ing not on,” a furious Mitch said to Cairns couple Tess and Luke at the time.</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/B2JUEjQlaQB/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B2JUEjQlaQB/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Mitch and Mark (@mitchandmark)</a> on Sep 8, 2019 at 2:40am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“F***ing done with comments from people like him, aimed at people like me. Go f**k yourself,” he fumed.</p> <p>However, Cam insisted he was merely repeating feedback given by the judges, who praised contestants El’ise and Matt for designing their bedroom away from the “noisy people,” Mark and Mitch. </p> <p>On Monday night’s episode, the TV show host approached the couple to explain he meant nothing of the comments he repeated on Sunday night, but left in a strop following the boy’s reactions. </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/B0x4OQzHFlS/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B0x4OQzHFlS/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Mitch and Mark (@mitchandmark)</a> on Aug 5, 2019 at 3:42am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“I was expecting you to say sorry once I explained it, but you didn’t say sorry you said ‘thank you’,” he told the couple. </p> <p>Mark muttered “oh well,” after Scott stormed off and Mitch responded to his partner, “whoops”. </p> <p>However, it seems the contestants had a change of heart on Tuesday night and apologised after the two days of fiery clashing. </p> <p>“The other day we had a chat, and we had spoken on you behind your back,” Mitch said.</p> <p>“You caught us off guard, and I was a bit overwhelmed and I didn’t consider what our actions had been. I just want you to know that we sincerely apologise if we offended you. And I’m upset that I might’ve offended you.” </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/B2OrXM1goNk/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B2OrXM1goNk/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by The Block (@theblock)</a> on Sep 10, 2019 at 4:39am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Mark jumped in: “And we were wrong.”</p> <p>Scott who looked taken aback by the genuine apology said: “Well, that’s really nice. Thanks boys. And you know I would never have those thoughts in any way whatsoever. Lets hug it out.”</p> <p>Mitch later explained to the cameras they “felt so much better now”. </p> <p>“We felt we owed him an apology, and we wanted to make sure he got that apology and it was genuine. We had been self-centred, and thought about how things were affecting us, and had left Scotty’s feelings out of it.”</p> <p>“I feel so much better now because I was upset,” the host said after breaking away from their group hug, joking: “I’m glad that you like me again.”</p>

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"For goodness sake!": Jacqui Lambie clashes with Waleed Aly over Centrelink drug testing plan

<p>Jacqui Lambie has called for drug testing on politicians and other public sector workers in a tense exchange with Waleed Aly on <em>The Project</em>.</p> <p>It came after the independent senator announced that she would not support the government’s plan to impose random drug tests on welfare recipients until adequate rehabilitation services are made available to complement the bill.</p> <p>Under the proposed policy, which was first developed under the Turnbull government, 5,000 new recipients of Newstart and the Youth Allowance would be <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/morrison-government-to-revive-plans-to-drug-test-dole-recipients-20190905-p52odq.html" target="_blank">tested for illicit substances</a>. Those who test positive would have their payments quarantined, and be required to attend taxpayers-funded drug counselling sessions.</p> <p>On Friday, Senator Lambie told <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/morrison-government-faces-battle-over-welfare-drug-test-plan-20190906-p52ot7.html" target="_blank"><em>The Sydney Morning Herald</em> and <em>The Age</em></a> that she would oppose the bill unless government MPs agree to subject themselves to the same test. “Like I said last time, I won't be supporting it until they are prepared to do that themselves,” she said.</p> <p>Lambie reiterated her position on <em>The Project</em> Monday night. “Anybody feeding on the public purse and they don’t want to be discriminated against, whether you are a teacher, whether you are working for a politician or you are a politician, tell me why you should not be random drug and alcohol tested,” she said.</p> <p>“They should be doing it already and leading by example.”</p> <p>Aly questioned who would be subjected to the random drug testing under her proposal. “So are you proposing to introduce something to drug test teachers if they are taking from the public purse and working in the public system? Every ABC journalist? Every academic working in the country that is not private?”</p> <p>“Why not, we do it in mining, we do it out there in construction, there are many other places in Australia that do it, why are we so special that, because we are on the public purse that shouldn’t have random drug and alcohol testing,” she said.</p> <p>“If I am right, you are saying you have been presented about a proposal about drug testing people in welfare and your counter-proposal is — let’s drug test every one in the public service, millions of people?” Aly again asked.</p> <p>“It is random. It is random drug and alcohol testing, Waleed, so, that is why it is called 'random', and they are not testing everybody.</p> <p>“I don’t care where you are working. There is no reason why you shouldn’t have random drug and alcohol tests. We have massive drug problems in this country, for goodness sake.”</p> <p>When panellist Peter Helliar asked if Lambie’s proposal indicated a drug problem in the parliament, she said, “I can’t verify that.”</p> <p>However, she insisted that drug tests should not be reserved only for “the poor”.</p> <p>“Why discriminate, why is it only the poor? Why is it only the poor that we have to go after? Are we too good, none of us do alcohol and drugs or anything? That is rubbish, drugs do not discriminate, certainly ice does not.”</p>

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“Are you judging us?”: The Block contestants lash out at Scott Cam for homophobic remarks

<p><em>The Block’s</em> Mitch and Mark have hit out at host Scott Cam over his “inappropriate and offensive” comments.</p> <p>On last night’s episode, Cam’s delivery of the judges’ feedback on El’ise and Matt’s bedroom design turned into a tense exchange after the host referred to Mitch and Mark’s third level living room as a “party room” and house 1 as the “noisy” neighbours.</p> <p>After Cam told the pair that the other team had adjusted their plans “to get away from the noisy people in your place”, Mark interjected.</p> <p>“There’s no noisy people,” Mark said. “People need to cope with the fact that there are multiple living spaces in all metropolitan homes and they need to actually step away from it because they have no idea.”</p> <p>Mitch added, “It is a living space as any house in any suburban part of Australia has. And if they’re making a judgement about us – because they’ve often said, ‘People like us’ – I need to understand what does that mean? Are you judging us?”</p> <p>“You need to step away from that,” Mark told Cam.</p> <p>The TV presenter responded, “I don’t need to step away from nothing, mate … I’m the one reading the feedback. I don’t think it’s wrong, but anyway.”</p> <p>The scene has divided viewers, with many agreeing that Cam should apologise to the couple for what they saw as homophobic remarks.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Go Mitch and Mark. Stand up to that nonsense. It has connotations. It isn't funny. Complicit. It implies a lot <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TheBlock?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TheBlock</a></p> — Rue (@Rudoxxx) <a href="https://twitter.com/Rudoxxx/status/1170640018487922688?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 8, 2019</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">The blatant homophobia on The Block is getting a little too much and a little too frequent. Quite disappointing. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/theblock?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#theblock</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/theblockAU?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#theblockAU</a> <a href="https://t.co/evxrcYZhL0">pic.twitter.com/evxrcYZhL0</a></p> — Troy Lester (@TroyLester) <a href="https://twitter.com/TroyLester/status/1170642803753275392?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 8, 2019</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Scotty Cam’s comment (and it was his comment, not the judges) was casual homophobia. Disappointing because I love <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TheBlock?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TheBlock</a>. Very proud of <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MitchandMark?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#MitchandMark</a> for standing up for themselves.</p> — Brodi Lucas (@brodilucas) <a href="https://twitter.com/brodilucas/status/1170658802808451072?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 8, 2019</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Hearing Scotty, an old straight white guy made a dig at the one gay couple <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TheBlock?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TheBlock</a> <a href="https://t.co/5ta7REeji3">pic.twitter.com/5ta7REeji3</a></p> — Weslee (@WSpark98NZ) <a href="https://twitter.com/WSpark98NZ/status/1170680417462054912?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 8, 2019</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">If Mitch and Mark were any other couple on <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/theblock?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#theblock</a>, that room would be described as a ‘parents retreat’ or living area. Let’s all move on. It’s a room with a couch. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TheBlockAU?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TheBlockAU</a></p> — Loren (@leapinloren) <a href="https://twitter.com/leapinloren/status/1170641314980884481?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 8, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>Mitch later said in a to-camera interview, “I find these comments inappropriate and offensive and I’d rather just leave that alone. I’d rather just leave it alone totally.”</p> <p>In an episode aired last Monday, Mitch claimed Cam had made similar comments in other occasions. “Scott Cam has said to me, ‘This is a party house, for people like … us’,” the Sydneysider told producers.</p> <p>“I don’t know what he means. Is he making a judgement about gay people? That because of our age, and that we’re gay, that we’re going to be partying? If he’s making a judgement like that, when he doesn’t know who we are, then that’s a homophobic comment.”</p>

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60 Minutes faces the fury: Karl Stefanovic’s segment on Meghan Markle sparks public pushback

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">60 Minutes Australia </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">has gotten the attention of a worldwide audience with their latest segment promo on the Duchess of Sussex. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The piece has been slammed internationally for not only honing in on Duchess Meghan’s “bad PR” but the show’s decision to interview far right British commentator Katie Hopkins. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The segment has not aired yet, however its promotional video has been the source of fury for thousands of people all over, with many labelling it as a “witch hunt” on the Duchess. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The explosive 60 second video was released on Wednesday, and promised to delve into how the Duchess of Sussex’s PR is causing a “royal crisis”. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The show captioned the highly controversial clip with: “#Megxit! How Meghan Markle lost her sparkle. From adored to insufferable in less than a year. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“What went wrong for Meghan, and how it affects hubby Harry. SUNDAY on #60Mins: Inside a Royal crisis. Can the ghost of Princess Diana save a fairytale?”</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Megxit?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Megxit</a>! How Meghan Markle lost her sparkle. From adored to insufferable in less than a year. What went wrong for Meghan, and how it affects hubby Harry. SUNDAY on <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/60Mins?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#60Mins</a>: Inside a Royal crisis. Can the ghost of Princess Diana save a fairytale? <a href="https://t.co/dHtiPdwa7j">pic.twitter.com/dHtiPdwa7j</a></p> — 60 Minutes Australia (@60Mins) <a href="https://twitter.com/60Mins/status/1169180802871177218?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 4, 2019</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Snippets of the episode include Karl Stefanovic interviewing British TV personalities Lizzie Cundy and Katie Hopkins. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Stefanovic himself is no stranger to controversy, and his latest job has resulted in a flurry of criticism. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">One user wrote: Interesting that @karlstefanovic wore the same suit for 1 yr to prove a point about disparity between men &amp; women.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Now, he happily dwells in the gutter with Hopkins as she takes pot shots at Markle's wardrobe? He has zero credibility…”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“What on earth is this crap 60 Minutes? Is this a joke or parody? I certainly won’t be watching to find out. I’m so sick of the media’s disgusting treatment of Meghan Markle. Leave her alone,” another commented. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">An even harsher comment that cut right at the core read: “C'mon @karlstefanovic you're better than this crappy #60mins interview. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“You wore the same suit for a year. Said things like 'women are judged harshly for what they do, what they say and what they wear'. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“You were an advocate for us and now you're nothing but a tabloid journalist.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">While 60 Minutes and Stefanovic has been copping an intense lashing from all sides, Katie Hopkins seems to be soaking it all in, tweeting her trending in Australia was “not bad for a woman without a platform or media voice”. </span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/KatieHopkins?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#KatieHopkins</a> Trending in Australia and U.K. <br /><br />Not bad for a woman without a platform or media voice for <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/wrongthink?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#wrongthink</a> <a href="https://t.co/cbJsCVwSGP">pic.twitter.com/cbJsCVwSGP</a></p> — Katie Hopkins (@KTHopkins) <a href="https://twitter.com/KTHopkins/status/1169548296328830976?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 5, 2019</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">For clarity. This is NOT a picture of me. <br /><br />I act the fawning bride WAY better than this <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/KatieHopkins?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#KatieHopkins</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MeghanMarkle?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#MeghanMarkle</a> <a href="https://t.co/mmAG25anlw">pic.twitter.com/mmAG25anlw</a></p> — Katie Hopkins (@KTHopkins) <a href="https://twitter.com/KTHopkins/status/1169546490970365952?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 5, 2019</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In the past, the former columnist for </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Sun </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">and </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Daily Mail </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">has labelled Duchess Meghan as a “budget Princess Di”, but in the </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">60 Minutes </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">promo, she appears to have a few vicious words for the royal. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Meghan Markle is the biggest hypocrite there is,” she told Stefanovic, and went on to describe the former actress as a “no one”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">She also said the Duchess was the “biggest b***h in Britain.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“There she is in her one shoulder dress being ‘glowing’, because all she does is ‘glow’ … Abdicate. Off you go.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The controversial episode will air on Sunday. </span></p>

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“You belong here”: Today Show fans call for Ben Fordham to take over as host of Today

<p>Ben Fordham is currently filling in for newsreader Tom Steinfort on the<span> </span><em>Today Show</em>, and viewers are a fan of the new dynamic.</p> <p>Viewers are calling for Ben, 42, to take over as the show’s main host.</p> <p>It’s currently being co-hosted by Georgie Gardner and Deborah Knight, but viewers say that Ben brings a fresh “dynamic” to the show and want him to stay.</p> <p>As Ben confirmed that he would be on the<span> </span><em>Today Show</em><span> </span>for another week, fans were quick to voice their approval.</p> <p>“You do realise you’re a natural fit for the show,” one viewer commented.</p> <p>“Stay as co-host. You’re tops.”</p> <p>Another agreed, saying that they’d start watching the show if he was on as co-host.</p> <p>“I’d start watching again if you were hosting.”</p> <p>“You belong there,” said another.</p> <p>Ben was previously a sports presenter on the show and appeared on the show for three years between 2011 and 2014.</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/B1Z-d4UJy71/" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B1Z-d4UJy71/" target="_blank">It's Tom's last morning with us before his wedding day. A big congratulations to you and Claudia from your #9Today family, we hope you have the most special day! ❤️👰🤵</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/thetodayshow/" target="_blank"> thetodayshow</a> (@thetodayshow) on Aug 20, 2019 at 5:26pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>However, he left to focus on his family as well as the radio show<span> </span>2GB, according to the<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-7418405/Today-viewers-call-Ben-Fordham-host-following-successful-return.html" target="_blank">Daily Mail</a></em>.</p> <p>Ben was forced to deny rumours that he was replacing Tracy Grimshaw on<span> </span><em>A Current Affair</em>.</p> <p>According to <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.nowtolove.com.au/womansday" target="_blank">Woman's Day</a></em>, Ben had been tipped as the 'front-runner' to replace Tracy, if she did leave. </p> <p>However, he denied the rumours on <em>Fitzy and Wippa</em>.</p> <p>He said: “I'm happy to confirm live on Nova. Tracy Grimshaw is an Australian Institution. She’s not going anywhere.”</p>

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Fake tweets and no bums on seats: The real reason Rove was axed after just two shows

<p>Rove McManus’ TV show<span> </span><em>Saturday Night Rove</em><span> </span>has been cancelled after just two episodes.</p> <p>The comedy show proved to be a ratings disaster for Channel 10. Premiering with 244,000 metro viewers on August 24 and dropping down to a disappointing 138,000 metro viewers for episode two.</p> <p>Speaking to<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://tvtonight.com.au/" target="_blank"><em>TV Tonight</em></a>, Rove said: “It was clear looking at the numbers that the audience we hoped would find a freewheeling live show on a Saturday night just weren’t there. We spoke with 10 today and we both called it.</p> <p>“The opportunity to play live in front of Australia again was fun, no matter how brief, and I would like to thank my amazing co-stars, the behind the scenes team and everyone at 10 who got behind<span> </span><em>Saturday Night Rove</em>.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align-center" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">"Say hi to your mum for me!" <a href="https://twitter.com/Rove?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Rove</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SaturdayNightRove?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#SaturdayNightRove</a> <a href="https://t.co/nfAomwumJw">pic.twitter.com/nfAomwumJw</a></p> — Saturday Night Rove (@SatNightRove) <a href="https://twitter.com/SatNightRove/status/1165214723052191745?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">24 August 2019</a></blockquote> <p>Also releasing a statement to the website was a spokesperson for Network 10, saying: “Unfortunately<span> </span><em>Saturday Night Rove</em><span> </span>hasn’t resonated with viewers the way we had hoped, so Rove and 10 have made the decision to remove it from the schedule. Rove is a sensational entertainer and a close friend of 10, and we thank him for all his hard work, and all the laughs, on<span> </span><em>Saturday Night Rove</em>.”</p> <p>The show was aired during Channel 10’s Pilot Week in 2018 and was soon given a six-episode run in 2019.</p> <p>But despite warnings over the dead time slot, Rove was convinced that he could somehow make it work.</p> <p>Before the first episode aired, the host spoke to<span> </span><em>Hit TV</em>, saying he knew the challenges that would come his way.</p> <p>“Finding a way of getting people’s attention is the big one – there are so many options for an audience now,” he said. “But not only is the audience fractured, within each household the audience is fractured. You could have each individual member of the house watching their individual program on a laptop or a tablet or a phone. So how do you get everyone in a household together to watch something?”</p> <p>Viewers who tuned in took to Twitter to express their disappointment, saying the show fell flat, but the network was busted after they heavily edited the feedback and aired an ad featuring glowing reviews from those who watched the first episode.</p> <p>Reported by industry blog<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://tvblackbox.com.au/" target="_blank"><em>TV Blackbox</em></a>, one tweet that was shown by Ten exclaimed “ROVE! Fantastic to have you back!!!”</p> <p>But in reality, it read: “Rove it’s fantastic to have you back, but you need to listen to your loyal fans and change the format please.”</p> <p>Another tweet Ten displayed said: “Amazing … FUNNY!” but the original read: “Soo I kinda liked it, it’s not amazing but it’s funny and can we get some musical performances please?”</p> <p>“The inclusion of these tweets was human error. We have updated our processes to ensure it doesn’t happen again,” a spokesperson from Ten told<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://tvblackbox.com.au/" target="_blank">TV Blackbox</a>.</em></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align-center" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SaturdayNightRove?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#SaturdayNightRove</a> I'm a Huge Rove fan. I hate to say this it'ss F#!king Terrible!!! So awkward! So un funny! Judith Lucy is so annoying! the new sidekicks are just as bad. Bring back the old format....Rove behind a desk with Peter Helliar to support him</p> — James (@nutcase12) <a href="https://twitter.com/nutcase12/status/1167744651840778241?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">31 August 2019</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align-center" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">When Kevin Rudd is the funniest thing on your show, ou have a problem <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SaturdayNightRove?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#SaturdayNightRove</a></p> — 💧Dr Jos 🇦🇺🇫🇷🇱🇧 (@redruby17) <a href="https://twitter.com/redruby17/status/1167746240160813057?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">31 August 2019</a></blockquote> <p>Channel 10 has yet to announce a replacement for<span> </span><em>Saturday Night Rove</em>.</p>

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Gary Mehigan reveals the truth about his MasterChef axing

<p>After 11 years of mentoring and judging aspiring Aussie cooks on set, Gary Mehigan said he is ready to move on from<span> </span><em>MasterChef Australia</em>.</p> <p>In a new interview with<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.who.com.au/exclusive-gary-mehigan-reveals-the-truth-about-his-masterchef-firing" target="_blank"><em>Who</em></a>, the celebrity chef has opened up about his axing from the Channel 10 show along with fellow judges George Calombaris and Matt Preston.</p> <p>Mehigan said he was driving into his garage when he received the call informing that he would no longer be a part of the reality program.</p> <p>“George rang me and said, ‘Did you hear? We’re done’,” Mehigan recalled.</p> <p>“And I remember saying to George, ‘Are you OK?’”</p> <p>Despite reports that the three judges were <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/lifestyle/food-wine/breaking-all-three-masterchef-australia-judges-axed" target="_blank">let go</a> over<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://mumbrella.com.au/losing-matt-gary-and-george-is-what-masterchef-needed-to-become-as-diverse-as-the-food-it-celebrates-590382" target="_blank">pay dispute</a>, Mehigan said money was not the issue.</p> <p>“The axing wasn’t a surprise. In honest truth, it was never about the money,” he said.</p> <p>“The emotional response is more about not having the opportunity to do Season 12 and say goodbye to the viewers.”</p> <p>Despite the fallout, the 52-year-old said losing his TV role might be a blessing in disguise. “There’s a sense of relief,” he said. “The idea of going, ‘OK, so when I go to India in February, I’m going to take six weeks.’ I’m not tied down.”</p> <p>Mehigan said he is looking forward to spending more time with his family and take on a few passion projects.</p> <p>“We could have come back in a year’s time or two years’ time. So, for us it was time to move on, a time to do our own thing, time to make a different kind of TV. And after 11 years, we were all ready to hand the baton over to a brighter, younger chef.”</p> <p>Mehigan also revealed that he has started on a new journey to improve his fitness, and taken his former<span> </span><em>MasterChef</em><span> </span>judges along with him.</p> <p>“We’ve enrolled in the Noosa triathlon and we’re going to do it,” he said.</p> <p>“I'm going to do the 10km run, George is going to do the cycling. And at the end, Matt’s going to be holding the orange juice and we’re going to get a sub.</p> <p>“I would never have thought about doing something like that before!”</p> <p><span>Scroll through the gallery to see Mehigan in happier times with the show that launched his career.</span></p>

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Frasier cast: Then and now - Can you recognise them?

<p>Over 15 years ago,<span><em> Frasier</em> </span>aired its final episode after 11 straight seasons of downright good television. </p> <p>Starting in 1993, the<span> </span><em>Cheers<span> </span></em>spin-off captured viewers around the world as psychiatrist-turned radio host Dr. Frasier Crane had us in stitches from laughing for over a decade. </p> <p>The story follows the life of psychiatrist Frasier Crane, who lives with his father Martin and his dad’s British carer and part-time psychic, Daphne. </p> <p>Intertwined in the program spanning over 11 seasons, is Frasier's pompous and snooty brother, Nile, his funny radio producer, Roz and work colleagues Bob “Bulldog” Birscor and station boss Kenny Daly. </p> <p><em>Frasier</em> proved to be one of the most successful spin-off television series in history and remains the most critically acclaimed comedy series of all time. The series amassed 37 Emmy’s during its run. </p> <p><strong>Kelsey Grammer (Dr. Frasier Crane)</strong></p> <p>Since starring in<span> </span><em>Frasier,<span> </span></em>Grammar has barely took any time for himself. </p> <p>He briefly played a news anchor opposite Patricia Heaton in<em><span> </span>Back to You,</em><span> </span>before popping up on<span> </span><em>30 Rock </em>as himself. </p> <p>Later, he went on to win a Golden Globe for his short-lived role on the<span> </span><em>Starz<span> </span></em>show,<span> </span><em>Boss<span> </span></em>and appeared in movies like<span> </span><em>The Expendables 3<span> </span></em>and<em><span> </span>Transformers: Age of Extinction. </em></p> <p><strong>David Hyde Pierce (Niles Crane)</strong></p> <p>David was 34-years-old when he graced our screens on Frasier. Pierce has also starred in<span> </span><em>Sleepless in Seattle</em>,<span> </span><em>Wet Hot American Summer</em><span> </span>and<span> </span><em>The Good Wife</em>.</p> <p>He is married to writer and producer Brian Hargrove.</p> <p><strong>John Mahoney (Martin Crane)</strong></p> <p>John Mahoney was Martin 'Marty' Crane in<span> </span><em>Frasier<span> </span></em>— father to Niles and Frasier.</p> <p>Mahoney has since starred in TV shows including<span> </span><em>In Treatment</em>,<span> </span><em>Burn Notice</em><span> </span>and<span> </span><em>Hot in Cleveland</em>.</p> <p>The star tragically passed away in February, 2018, after complimcations from throat cancer at age 77. </p> <p>His last TV role was an episode of<span> </span><em>Foyle's War</em><span> </span>in 2015.</p> <p><strong>Jane Leeves (Daphne Moon/Daphne Crane)</strong></p> <p>Jane was 32 when she first hit TV screens and went on to star in<span> </span><em>Hot in Cleveland<span> </span></em>when the series ended. </p> <p>The English-born actress has a daughter, Isabella, and son, Finn with her TV executive husband, Marshall Coben. </p> <p>Sweetly enough, David Hyde Pierce and John Mahoney are godfathers to Finn. </p> <p><strong>Peri Gilpin (Roz Doyle)</strong></p> <p>Gilpin went on to star in many noteworthy TV programs including<span> </span><em>The Lionhearts</em>,<span> </span><em>Make It or Break It</em><span> </span>and<span> </span><em>Scorpion</em>.</p> <p>In 1999, Gilpin married her boyfriend, Christian Vincent. They share twin daughters born through surrogacy in 2004 and Jane Leeves is reportedly their godmother.</p> <p><strong>Dan Butler (Bob “Bulldog” Briscoe)</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Dan Butler was a recurring guest member who played as Bob, however, he became a main cast member in 1996. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">While his character was written out of the show in 1996, he did return to guest star in five episodes for the series’ last three seasons. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">His character is a sports-loving jock who used to bully Fraiser. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Butler is openly gay and is married to Richard Waterhouse. </span></p> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to see the Frasier cast - then and now.</p>

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Keep it together: Larry Emdur and Kylie Gillies lose it over news story

<p>The<span> </span><em>Morning Show</em><span> </span>hosts were left in tears of laughter during a segment on Wednesday morning.</p> <p>Larry Emdur and Kylie Gillies battled a case of the giggles as they tried to present a news story from Colorado in the US.</p> <p>“These incredible pictures out of Colorado show dozens of air mattresses were sent flying on Saturday, in the lead-up to an open-air cinema event,” Gillies read, introducing the story.</p> <p>She started laughing when the video footage showed the mattresses blown away by heavy winds.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">😂😂😂 <a href="https://t.co/hYpKwyFBsZ">pic.twitter.com/hYpKwyFBsZ</a></p> — The Morning Show (@morningshowon7) <a href="https://twitter.com/morningshowon7/status/1163988791708700672?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 21, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>Emdur picked up from Gillies and read from the teleprompter, but soon joined in the laughter as he went through the words. “The strong winds…” he laughed before continuing, “Oh dear … sent the mattresses flying across a park in Denver and we will continue to unpack this story for you.”</p> <p>Both hosts had tears in their eye as they wrapped up the report. When Emdur tried to move on to another story, he lost his composure again, leading Gillies back to chuckles.</p> <p>“Flying mattresses at the top of the show!” Emdur said. “Can we… can we just see how ridiculous that looks? You come in here and try and host a TV show after seeing that.”</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/B1URIlxHFyW/" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B1URIlxHFyW/" target="_blank">A post shared by Robert Thomas Manes (@robbmanes)</a> on Aug 18, 2019 at 12:16pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The spectacle was recorded by Robb Manes, who described it as the “great mattress migration of 2019”.</p> <p>“We were hanging out at the pool when, suddenly, a mattress flew into the fenced-in area,” Manes explained. “When a second and third one came in, we stood up, I grabbed my camera, and this is what we saw.</p> <p>“Apparently there was a ‘Movie Night Under The Stars’ and in Denver, Colorado fashion, a storm blew in, and this is the result.”</p>

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Tributes flowing in: Home and Away star passes away at 41

<p>Tributes have been flowing in for former Home and Away star Ben Unwin, who has sadly passed away at 41. </p> <p>The long-running cast member who featured on the show under the character Jesse McGregor for over ten years. </p> <p>Home and Away veterans including Lynne McGranger and Ada Nicodemou have both paid tribute to the star and are both “deeply saddened” by the tragic death of their former castmate. </p> <p>McGranger described Unwin’s death as a “terrible tragedy.”</p> <p>“Sending my deepest condolences to his family and friends,” the actress told<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/" target="_blank">The Daily Telegraph.</a></em></p> <p>Nicodemou, whose character Leah Patterson-Baker had a close relationship with Unwin’s character told <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://celebrity.nine.com.au/latest/home-and-away-ben-unwin-costars-tribute/ffa6d054-2d6c-4f4c-869a-0f37484feb81" target="_blank">nine.com.au</a>:</em> “I just woke up to the tragic news of Ben’s passing, my heart goes out to his family.”</p> <p>Kimberley Cooper, who played Gypsy Smith alongside Unwin, said she was “just so sad” to learn of his death.</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/B1YBW_AnyVP/" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B1YBW_AnyVP/" target="_blank">My first tv week cover was with you. We had years of laughter, be it giggles on set trying to get through scenes as lovers or doubled over belly laughs at the pubs after work. I will be sad for now, but I promise to tell stories of great joy about our times together. You forever hold a special place in my heart. Love you Onion ❤️</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/kimberleycooper80/" target="_blank"> Kimberley Cooper</a> (@kimberleycooper80) on Aug 19, 2019 at 11:13pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“He was a gift to come to work with everyday and to be on the receiving end of his friendship was to know unwavering support, loyalty and love,” she said.</p> <p>The actress took to social media to post her own tribute to her former co-star, by sharing a photograph of the duo of them on<span> </span>TV Week. </p> <p>“My first TV week cover was with you. We had years of laughter, be it giggles on set trying to get through scenes as lovers or doubled over belly laughs at the pubs after work,” she wrote.</p> <p>“I will be sad for now, but I promise to tell stories of great joy about our times together. You forever hold a special place in my heart. Love you Onion.”</p> <p>Unwin’s body was found by police on August 14, just a day before his 42nd birthday. </p> <p>“Police attended Minyon Falls, Whian Whian, responding to a concern for welfare,” NSW Police said in a statement.</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/BeCoP85Hin2/" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BeCoP85Hin2/" target="_blank">I’m afraid there’s no #lifesaver emoji and I’m not sure I have the words for this 1998 Polaroid so I’m going with these.. ☀️🌊🎬📺🐠🌴🌴🌴🏄🏼‍♂️🏄🏻‍♂️☀️💋 #benunwin @ryankwanten @homeandaway #wouldntwanttobedrowning #summerbay #jesse #sallyfletcher #vinnie #homeandaway #thirtyyears</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/kateritchieofficial/" target="_blank"> Kate Ritchie</a> (@kateritchieofficial) on Jan 16, 2018 at 10:48pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“The body of a 41-year-old man was located. The death has not been treated as suspicious.”</p> <p>Unwin played Jesse McGregor on the beloved Australian show on-and-off for a decade, between 1996-2000 and 2002-2005. </p> <p>After he left<span> </span>Home and Away, Unwin went on to direct music videos for Boy George and Culture Club, including the singles<span> </span>I Just Wanna Be Loved<span> </span>and<span> </span>Your Kisses Are Charity. </p> <p>The actor and director later went on to leave the media industry altogether and went on to complete a law degree. According to Woman’s Day, Unwin was working as a senior solicitor in Newcastle. </p> <p>If you or anyone you know needs help, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyondblue on 1300 224 636. </p> <p>Scroll through the gallery to see Ben Unwin throughout the years. </p>

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Longstanding Seven Sunrise host scales back role due to “gruelling schedule”

<p>Fans were shocked as a major departure was announced from Seven’s hit breakfast show<span> </span>Sunrise.</p> <p>Basil Zempilas has been with the network since 1994 but is set to “scale back” his current duties as the host of Weekend Sunrise.</p> <p>According to<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-7368223/Major-departure-Sevens-Sunrise-longstanding-host-scales-duties.html" target="_blank">TV Tonight</a></em>,<span> </span>the Perth-based broadcaster will remain “part of the Sunrise inner circle” but is focusing more on his family due to the “gruelling schedule” which seems him travelling between Sydney and Perth every weekend.</p> <p>Zempilas has a tough schedule at the moment, as he is flying to Sydney each weekend for<span> </span>Weekend Sunrise<span> </span>while presenting weeknight sports reports for Seven News in Perth.</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/Byv2cAWjlGs/" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Byv2cAWjlGs/" target="_blank">TO OUR TWO JAMES... We salute you 👨🏼‍✈️👮‍♂️ @sunriseon7 @channel7</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by @<a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/basil_zempilas/" target="_blank"> basil_zempilas</a> on Jun 15, 2019 at 3:45pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>He also has a top-rated breakfast radio show with Steve Mills on<span> </span>6PReach weekday morning in Western Australia.</p> <p>TV Tonight claimed that his “gruelling schedule” is most likely the reason for his revised workload for Seven.</p> <p>The father of three has been co-hosting<span> </span>Weekend Sunrise<span> </span>since March 2018 but acknowledges that he would not have been able to host the show without the sacrifices made by his family.</p> <p>“There's no doubt that [my wife] Amy and my family, the three kids have sacrificed a lot for my career, all of it I suppose,” he told<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://thewest.com.au/entertainment/tv/basil-zempilas-racks-up-25-years-with-seven-ng-b881113249z" target="_blank"><em>The West Australian</em></a>. </p> <p>“All of my children have been born in the time that I have been travelling away interstate. I'm very aware had it not been for their support and flexibility I wouldn't be able to do the things that I'm doing.”</p> <p><a rel="noopener" href="https://tvblackbox.com.au/page/2019/8/17/sunrise-on-the-hunt-for-new-host-as-basil-zempilas-steps-aside" target="_blank"><em>TV BlackBox</em></a><span> </span>reported that Sunrise is “on the hunt for a new host” as negotiations between Zempilas are continuing and the expectations are that he will still appear on the show, just as a more flexible guest presenter role instead of the co-host role he has now.</p> <p>Zempilas will continue to play a key role in Seven’s coverage of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.</p> <p>Commitments are set to be scaled back before the end of 2019, but a replacement host for<span> </span>Weekend Sunrise<span> </span>is yet to be confirmed.</p>

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The Gogglebox Australia segment that brings everyone to tears

<p>The families of<span> </span><em>Gogglebox Australia</em><span> </span>were sent to tears as they sat down to watch celebrity chef Kylie Kwong on an episode of<span> </span><em>Anh’s Brush With Fame</em>.</p> <p>Speaking to comedian Anh Do, Kwong opened up about two heartbreaking moments in her life, including a time when <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/health/caring/kylie-kwong-opens-up-to-anh-do-about-devastating-baby-loss-we-felt-blessed-he-lived-for-six-days/" target="_blank">she and her partner Nell lost their son</a>.</p> <p>Explaining that it took four years for Nell to fall pregnant, Kwong recalled crying “for 10 hours straight” after Nell’s waters broke five months early.</p> <p>“In the end we felt blessed he lived for six days … inside Nell, alive, and then he let go,” Kwong said. “But the six days was profound.”</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FGoggleboxAU%2Fvideos%2F799230273826268%2F&amp;show_text=1&amp;width=560" width="560" height="407" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="true"></iframe></p> <p>The story moved Sarah Marie, who is pregnant with her first child with husband Matty, to tears. “I can’t even imagine what they went through,” she said.</p> <p>Kwong’s loss also led Tim to share a similar situation he had gone through. “I went through something just as hard,” he said as his sister Leanne comforted him. “I was a father, I had been told it was successful... and then to have it ripped away, it is the most heart-wrenching thing I’ve ever had to go through.”</p> <p>Kwong also shared about how she came out to her parents in her teenage days.</p> <p>“It was a very lonely time, because I didn’t even know what was going on inside of me,” Kwong said. She eventually told her father, “Dad, I’m gay”.</p> <p>In response, Kwong was told to leave the house in a matter of days, with her father saying, “I disown you as my daughter”. However, he later backtracked and asked her to stay.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FGoggleboxAU%2Fvideos%2F378807979483619%2F&amp;show_text=0&amp;width=560" width="560" height="315" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allowfullscreen="true"></iframe></p> <p>Tim resonated with the story, reflecting on his own struggle in coming to terms with his sexuality. “Even during my time, as a way to fight against this innate internal urge, I deliberately went out and looked for girlfriends,” he said.</p>

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“It’s a pressure cooker”: The real reason behind Joh Grigg’s surprise exit from House Rules

<p><em>House Rules</em><span> </span>host Joh Griggs surprised Australians all over when she announced a shock resignation, and now a previous winner of the reality TV program has weighed in on the star’s controversial departure. </p> <p>Aaron, winner of Season five<span> </span><em>House Rules<span> </span></em>in 2017 told<a href="https://www.nowtolove.com.au/reality-tv/house-rules/house-rules-aaron-johanna-griggs-57605"><span> </span><em>Now to Love<span> </span></em></a>on Tuesday their experience was an “eye-opener.”</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/BstjcscgTx6/" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BstjcscgTx6/" target="_blank">A post shared by Aaron &amp; Daniella (@aarondaniella.hr)</a> on Jan 16, 2019 at 2:13pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“It's a pressure cooker environment,” he added, however noted the way people coped with the intense stress on set came down to every individual’s mindset. </p> <p>“You are who you are and if you're a nasty person, you're still going to be a nasty person if you're stressed or not,” he said.</p> <p>Aaron said Joh would have had “a much better insight” then he did on what went on behind the scenes since she was host of the show. </p> <p>He also alluded to the controversy surrounding Channel 7 producers allegedly pushing contestants to stir up drama - a factor Joh reportedly didn’t agree with which was what led to her shocking exit. </p> <p>“Anything that Johanna Griggs says, I'll one hundred percent respect it and take her word on it,” he said before adding anything said wouldn’t alter his opinion as he “absolutely loved the experience” and would “do it again tomorrow.”</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/Bx6EA4Ggo7I/" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bx6EA4Ggo7I/" target="_blank">A post shared by Johanna Griggs (@johgriggs7)</a> on May 25, 2019 at 6:25pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The Aussie TV presenter and Commonwealth Games swimmer hosted House Rules for seven long years before deciding to announce her swift exit on July 24 - just one day after the season finale aired to viewers. </p> <p>“As the show goes into pre-production for the next season, it’s the perfect time to hand over the role to someone who will take the show into S8,” she wrote on her Instagram.</p> <p>Channel 7 have yet to announce a replacement for Joh.</p>

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Gogglebox fan favourite reveals how she found love online

<p><em>Gogglebox Australia's</em><span> </span>Anastasia Katselas has opened up about finding love again - and the best part is, her new romance is with a fan of the reality TV program. </p> <p>The 55-year-old star and mother-of-two revealed she is living with Sydney man, George, who messaged her on Facebook six months ago. </p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FAnastasiaAndFaye%2Fphotos%2Fa.416747345154594%2F1202664916562829%2F%3Ftype%3D3&amp;width=500" width="500" height="595" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>Anastasia told<a href="https://www.foxtel.com.au/support/tv/understanding-packages/magazine.html"><span> </span><em>Foxtel Magazine</em></a><em><span> </span></em>her boyfriend’s first message was one that made her heart skip a beat, where he wrote: "There was always something about you, I just knew you were meant for me."</p> <p>The Gogglebox star complained often on the show of being unlucky in love while sitting alongside her friend and fellow co-star, Faye Kontos. </p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FAnastasiaAndFaye%2Fphotos%2Fa.416747345154594%2F924576667704990%2F%3Ftype%3D3&amp;width=500" width="500" height="491" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>Anastasia said the couple met up a few times and “instantly connected,” and are now living together in Melbourne. </p> <p>“It’s the best relationship I have ever had,” Anastasia added.</p> <p>Last month, the reality star who is best known for her no-filter comments, shared a sweet tribute to her boyfriend on Instagram for his birthday. </p> <p>“I want to tell you what a beautiful man you are. You are kind, considerate and so f$&amp;&amp; (sic) sexy. You have brought me so much Love, happiness and joy to my life. I love you so much always and forever,” she wrote.</p> <p>Anastasia and Faye first appeared on<span> </span><em>Gogglebox Australia<span> </span></em>in 2015 for its first season and have become fan favourites on the four-time Logie award-winning series.</p>

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Karl Stefanovic left “in shock” during triumphant TV comeback

<p>Karl Stefanovic was left in “shock and awe” during his TV comeback on Monday night.</p> <p>The former host of the<span> </span><em>Today</em><span> </span>show returned to the small screen after being axed from the program in December last year, with his new show<span> </span><em>This Time Next Year</em>.</p> <p>Stefanovic was left stunned after seeing the transformation of his two guests, mother-and-daughter duo Brenda, 56, and Amelia, 16, who pledged to lose 100kg together.</p> <p>Brenda, who originally weighed 166kg aimed to lose close to 70kg over 12 months with Amelia hoping to shed 35kg.</p> <p>“I’m teaching my daughter the wrong thing to do, to eat the wrong foods and not to be healthy,” Brenda told Stefanovic. “I don’t want her to be me.”</p> <p>The desperate mother was forced to rule out surgery after a stomach stapling operation left her with permanent scars, which meant the only way she could lose the weight was through diet and exercise.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FThisTimeNextYear%2Fvideos%2F2642392955782106%2F&amp;show_text=0&amp;width=560" width="560" height="315" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allowfullscreen="true"></iframe></p> <p>And when their efforts were revealed, Stefanovic couldn’t believe his eyes.</p> <p>“I am in absolute shock and awe! Damn girl, you fine!” he said as the pair walked out on set.</p> <p>Despite not reaching their goal of 100kg, Brenda ended up shedding 53kg and Amelia lost 23 – making it a total of 76kg.</p> <p>“Three-quarters of the way there, I call that a massive win!” said Stefanovic. “That is an astounding amount of weight.”</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/B1EBiBGgFmK/" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B1EBiBGgFmK/" target="_blank">Mother and daughter, Brenda and Amelia achieved the impossible together…💕 #TTNY</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/thistimenextyear/" target="_blank"> This Time Next Year</a> (@thistimenextyear) on Aug 12, 2019 at 4:50am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The two sat down with the 45-year-old to tell him about their weight loss journey, revealing that they went to the gym six days a week and ate a clean diet.</p> <p>Brenda also spoke candidly about the benefits of her weight loss, saying, “I can see my cha-cha,” while pointing to her groin.</p> <p>Jokingly, Stefanovic then turned to the audience and said, “What she actually said then was, ‘I can do the cha-cha’,” but Brenda was having none of it.</p> <p>“No I didn’t,” she said. “I said I can actually see my cha-cha. It’s been a while!”</p> <p>The eight-part series continues next Monday night at 8:40 pm on Nine.</p>

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The Sunday Project hosts lose it over politician’s name

<p>The hosts of<span> </span><em>The Sunday Project</em><span> </span>struggled to continue on with the show for several minutes after they suffered from a giggling fit due to a politician’s bizarre name.</p> <p>But the one who dealt with the short end of the stick was Hamish Macdonald who descended into breathless hysterics as fellow panellist Tommy Little decided to make some changes to his script.</p> <p>At one point, Macdonald hid behind his papers as he was unable to speak, laughing uncontrollably.</p> <p>The hilarious stitch up occurred as Macdonald, Little and fellow host Lisa Wilkinson discussed the new leader of Britain’s right-wing UK Independence Party (UKIP) who have seen their popularity dwindle after former leader Nigel Farage cut ties to form the rival Brexit party.</p> <p>The new leader’s name is Richard Braine, but Little thought it would be easier to refer to him as “Dick Braine”.</p> <p>“You truly can’t make this stuff up,” said Wilkinson as the rest of the hosts began to snicker.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align-center" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">Hamish may have beaten Tommy in the City2Surf, but Tommy got him back when he messed up the auto-cue on him. The results? Pandemonium at the desk! <a href="https://t.co/BzTpJl8qLg">pic.twitter.com/BzTpJl8qLg</a></p> — The Project (@theprojecttv) <a href="https://twitter.com/theprojecttv/status/1160483528154537990?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">11 August 2019</a></blockquote> <p>As the camera panned over to Macdonald, it was obvious that he was part of an elaborate prank with Little as the mastermind, as his script had been changed and was prompting the journalist to say “Dick Braine” live on air.</p> <p>“Really?” Macdonald said confused. “This was not here before”.</p> <p>But Little wouldn’t let him off that easily, as he urged him to say the words “Dick Braine”.</p> <p>“Hamish … read the screen. Just read it.”</p> <p>Macdonald hesitated, as he said: “It’s not every day there’s a politician with the name Dick Braine – that’s right, that’s his name.</p> <p>“I don’t understand what’s going on, (Little) doesn’t know how to type or use a keyboard,” he said while looking over at the comedian.</p> <p>By this point, Macdonald was red in the face and laughing sporadically as he was unable to put his thoughts into words.</p> <p>“Hamish, you’re a serious journalist. Read the news,” said Little.</p> <p>“OK, I’ll read it. First name Dick. Second name Braine. They went with Dick Braine. Back to you, Dick Braine,” Little said motioning towards Macdonald.</p> <p>“It’s a great name. It’s taken over as my favourite name. Fanny Chmelar was my favourite before,” said Little.</p> <p>“She was a downhill skier.”</p> <p>“You’re making that up,” said Wilkinson, now also verging on hysterics. “Google it,” Little replied.</p> <p>With Macdonald still giggling, Little continued on to the next segment before throwing it back to Macdonald.</p> <p>“Dick, to you. How is everyone doing?” he asked.</p> <p>“I’m struggling but I’m back,” said a red faced Macdonald.</p>

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James Stewart and Sarah Roberts' wedding album: "This photo just says it all"

<p>The photographers behind James Stewart and Sarah Roberts' magical wedding have shared what it was like to snap the celebrity couple on their special day.</p> <p>Dublin-based photographers Fiona and Mark Fennell, or The Fennells, have had their share of shooting big weddings, but James and Sarah's nuptials were a special case. They came on hand as the <em>Home and Away</em> stars tied the knot at the Luttrellstown Castle in Ireland last month.</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/B0mh4qfgCR7/" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B0mh4qfgCR7/" target="_blank">Mr. &amp; Mrs. Stewart ✨ 23.07.2019 📸 @thefennells.ie</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/__sarahroberts__/" target="_blank"> Sarah Roberts</a> (@__sarahroberts__) on Jul 31, 2019 at 5:55pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“This would be one of the most famous ones, especially as they are both very famous together and independently of each other on an international level,” Mark told <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.her.ie/wedding/irish-photographers-behind-home-and-away-wedding-reveal-their-favourite-snap-from-the-amazing-day-476192" target="_blank"><em>Her</em></a>.</p> <p>"Weddings like these are always an honour to be a part of. They require a lot of planning and extra confidentiality, which we are used to providing, so we couldn’t tell anyone we even shot the wedding until we had their consent.”</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/B0yiSUQCDRf/" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B0yiSUQCDRf/" target="_blank">A post shared by The Fennells Photography (@thefennells.ie)</a> on Aug 5, 2019 at 9:50am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The Fennells took numerous pictures on the big day, but one stood out as their favourite – the fireworks shot. They said the couple’s “natural unposed” look made the photograph. </p> <p>“It was a moment that just happened as they embraced and looked at each other,” recalled Mark.</p> <p>“This amazing skyline of fireworks couldn’t distract them from each other and that’s exactly how James and Sarah are, they are smitten with each other and super in love. This photo just says it all.”</p>

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